MBB Game 29 Preview: Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies

Tipoff: 7:00 PM, Radio, Satellite Radio, Internet (Live Audio/Video & Stats)

The Oregon men's basketball team enters tonight's match-up with Washington riding a 2-game winning streak, and believe it or not, has a chance to earn the No. 7 seed in next week's Pac-10 Tournament, a huge advantage if the Ducks are serious about making a last-ditch run at an automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

But—maybe more importantly—the Ducks also have a chance to close down historic Mac Court this weekend with a pair of wins against their rivals to the north.

And if you're Ernie Kent, there shouldn't be any shortage of motivation. The embattled coach could very well be pacing Oregon's sidelines for the last time this weekend. Some think he's as good as gone. Whether or not that's the case, the man who built the program up from nothing needs to finish strong, not just for his job, but for his legacy.

The Ducks won Round 1 against the Huskies back in early January, capping a shocking Washington sweep to kick off the Pac-10 slate.

Unfortunately, the momentum didn't continue, as Oregon has managed to win only four of its 14 games since.

Washington enters tonight's game on a 2-game winning streak of its own, so the Ducks will need to bring their A-game against the Huskies.

Keys to the Game:

Play Washington's game. Odd strategy? Maybe. But Washington and Oregon play very similar styles, and believe it or not, this is an advantage for the Ducks, who have really struggled when opponents have forced them to slow it down (e.g. Arizona State and Oregon State). Washington leads the conference in scoring, but is near the bottom in scoring defense. If the Ducks can get hot, they will most certainly hang.

For the last time, REBOUND! Washington leads the conference in rebounding (39 per game) and rebounding margin (+4.9). The Ducks need to keep that margin close if they want a shot. Otherwise, they'll have to rely on the three-ball to keep in the game, and Washington is third in the conference in 3-point percentage defense, holding teams to a mere 31.2% from behind the arc.

Feed off The Pit. It's the final home stand at Mac Court. I imagine the crowd will play a role, as it always has at one of the more intimidating venues in the country. The Ducks need to pay homage to The Pit by riding its energy. If I'm Kent, this is what I'm talking about in my pregame speech. Feed off Mac Court's prolific history.

Conclusion

It's the Ducks' last home stand at Mac Court, and what better way to finish a tumultuous year than beating our rivals to the north to shut down the venue on a 2-game home winning streak. I think the Ducks are going to surprise us this weekend, starting with a big win tonight.

GO DUCKS!

Oregon Ducks


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Tajuan Porter 24 29.5 4.0 11.0 35.8 2.3 6.4 35.9 1.5 1.7 87.5 0.4 2.1 2.5 1.9 2.4 1.0 0.0 1.8 11.7
Malcolm Armstead 28 31.3 4.3 9.5 45.7 0.7 2.0 35.7 1.3 1.8 73.5 0.6 2.2 2.8 4.4 2.4 2.0 0.1 2.0 10.6
Michael Dunigan 24 20.3 3.0 5.4 55.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.3 5.3 61.9 1.8 3.0 4.8 0.1 1.4 0.6 1.4 2.3 9.2
Jeremy Jacob 28 19.9 3.0 6.0 49.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8 2.5 71.4 1.4 3.0 4.4 0.1 1.0 0.2 0.2 1.5 7.7
LeKendric Longmire 22 19.2 2.6 6.5 40.3 0.1 0.8 11.8 1.6 2.2 71.4 1.9 1.8 3.7 0.6 0.8 1.0 0.0 2.0 7.0
Teondre Williams 26 17.1 2.5 5.8 43.0 0.5 1.4 38.9 1.2 1.8 62.5 1.2 1.3 2.5 0.8 1.2 0.4 0.3 1.2 6.7
Matthew Humphrey 15 16.2 1.9 5.3 35.4 1.1 3.5 30.8 1.0 1.5 68.2 1.0 1.4 2.4 0.5 0.8 0.8 0.2 2.1 5.8
EJ Singler 28 23.9 2.0 4.2 47.5 0.3 1.0 31.0 1.5 1.8 83.7 1.1 3.1 4.2 1.3 1.2 0.4 0.3 2.3 5.8
Joevan Catron 4 21.3 1.0 3.0 33.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 3.5 4.0 87.5 1.8 4.0 5.8 0.8 1.5 1.0 0.5 3.0 5.5
Jamil Wilson 25 17.2 1.8 4.3 43.0 0.3 1.2 26.7 0.8 1.1 74.1 1.2 2.0 3.3 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 2.1 4.8
Garrett Sim 28 16.5 1.4 4.1 34.8 0.9 2.6 32.4 0.6 0.9 70.8 0.7 1.1 1.8 1.1 0.8 0.5 0.1 1.7 4.3
Drew Wiley 19 7.5 0.7 1.8 41.2 0.5 1.4 38.5 0.2 0.2 75.0 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.3 0.5 0.1 0.2 1.1 2.2
Josh Crittle 19 6.9 0.6 1.4 44.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.2 63.6 0.6 0.7 1.3 0.1 0.5 0.1 0.1 1.4 2.0
John Elorriaga 3 2.7 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.0
Nicholas Fearn 3 2.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.3 1.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

Washington Huskies


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Quincy Pondexter 28 31.9 7.0 13.0 53.4 0.6 1.5 37.2 5.3 6.4 82.2 3.3 4.6 7.9 1.7 2.0 1.4 0.6 2.5 19.8
Isaiah Thomas 27 30.2 5.3 12.9 40.9 1.7 5.6 31.3 5.0 6.8 73.2 0.7 3.6 4.3 2.8 2.5 0.9 0.1 1.9 17.2
Venoy Overton 28 23.1 2.7 6.1 44.2 0.4 1.5 25.6 2.8 3.6 79.0 0.7 2.1 2.8 3.3 2.2 1.5 0.1 3.1 8.6
Matthew Bryan-Amaning 28 21.7 3.4 6.4 53.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 2.6 56.8 1.9 3.6 5.5 0.4 1.2 1.1 1.3 2.7 8.3
Scott Suggs 27 15.7 1.7 4.5 37.7 1.3 3.3 37.8 0.8 1.0 81.5 0.5 0.9 1.4 0.7 0.7 0.3 0.0 1.6 5.5
Justin Holiday 26 21.0 2.1 5.1 40.9 0.1 0.6 18.8 1.0 1.2 81.3 1.9 2.4 4.3 1.8 1.0 0.8 0.4 1.7 5.3
Elston Turner 28 14.6 1.8 4.8 37.0 1.0 3.0 34.9 0.5 0.9 50.0 0.4 1.5 1.9 0.6 0.4 0.6 0.1 0.9 5.1
Adbul Gaddy 28 19.0 1.7 4.3 40.0 0.1 0.6 11.8 0.7 1.3 54.1 0.6 0.8 1.4 2.4 1.7 0.5 0.1 2.6 4.2
Tyreese Breshers 27 10.9 1.3 2.8 44.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.9 51.0 1.0 1.9 2.9 0.0 0.7 0.1 0.8 2.8 3.5
Darnell Gant 27 12.4 1.0 2.6 38.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7 0.9 78.3 1.0 1.7 2.7 0.4 0.1 0.2 0.2 1.9 2.7
Clarence Trent 20 5.6 0.7 1.5 44.8 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.7 1.0 73.7 0.8 1.0 1.8 0.2 1.0 0.2 0.1 1.1 2.0
Brendan Sherrer 9 1.7 0.2 0.4 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.4

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