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MBB Game 24 Preview and Open Thread: washington huskies at Oregon Ducks

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How many games does Oregon HAVE to win this weekend Dana?
How many games does Oregon HAVE to win this weekend Dana?

Oregon Ducks (16-7, 7-4) at washington huskies (16-7, 8-3)8:00 PT :: Matthew Knight Arena :: Eugene, OregonTV :: Root Sports NorthwestPomeroy Rankings :: UO (112) :: CU (62)

The huskies enter Deep in the Woods riding a 5 game winning streak which has put them into first place in the conference and on pace for another NCAA Tournament appearance. The 3 headed monster of Ross, Wroten and Wilcox gave the Ducks nightmares last time these teams met on New Years Eve. Don't look for that to change too much tonight.

Oregon has struggled all season when facing good guard play, and Uw has the best back court in the Pac 12 conference. Freshman phenom Tony Wroten is a slasher and is averaging 16.7 ppg and 3.5 assists. One area Wroten still struggles is with turnovers (91 total, and 1st in the conference) but Romar will have no problem going to junior Abdul Gaddy who has a 2.2:1 assist to turnover ratio.

CJ Wilcox missed a number of games with an injury this season, but he's healthy now, just in time to come back and try and improve on the 24 he dropped on the Ducks first time around. Starting at the two guard will be assassin Terrence Ross. Ross is top 5 in the conference in a number of categories including scoring, FGs made, and 3pt FGs attempted. He has a green light from Romar at any time, and was the main catalyst for Uw's comeback against Ucla last week.

If it feels like I'm giving a lot of praise to Uw's guards, it's because they deserve it. All of these guys are about 6'5", long, athletic and shoot the ball extremely well. Oregon's guards are going to have to play their best game of the year on both ends of the court for the Ducks to have a chance. In other words... don't hold your breath.

FOUR FACTORS

...screw it, the four factors don't matter, we need luck to even have a chance in this one