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Oregon Men's Basketball: Ducks Vs. Fighting Illini Open Thread

From high above section 111, we bring you the Ducks and the Fighting Illini

Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

After dispatching the Rebels in Oxford, the Ducks return to the state of Oregon to face off against Illinois in the Moda Center in Portland.

The Ducks remain undefeated so far this season and have faced their toughest test of the non conference schedule in Ole Miss. The Illini on the other hand only have one loss, to Georgia Tech. Oregon marks the toughest team on the schedule to this point in the young season.

Oregon has had trouble rebounding and it may prove to be an issue tonight as they go up against the 6'11" Nnanna Egwu. In addition to his 5 and a half boards per game, Egwu also tallies on average 2.3 blocks and will cause an issue in the key for Oregon.

The Illini are 7-0 under second year coach John Groce when they score over 70. It will be interesting to see how the Illinois defense stands up against the dynamic scoring offense of the Ducks. Their scoring is paced by Rayvonte Rice who scores nearly 18 a game. Illinois' three guard line up is responsible for 39 points a game on average.

Joseph Young and Mike Moser have been leading the way for the Ducks while they are still without Dominick Artis and Ben Carter. it will be interesting to see how much Richard Amardi plays considering his impact against Ole Miss and Waverly Austin's lack of impact in the stat book.

Oregon has never beat Illinois, including a 0-2 mark in Portland against the Illini. Where the Ducks may have an advantage is in the reserves. The highest average coming off the bench is Freshman Malcolm Hill who scores 4.2 per game. Compare that to the Ducks who have two scorers coming off the bench who average double figures in Jason Calliste and Elgin Cook.

This contest will be live on ESPN2 and Jerry Allen will have the play by play on 95.3 Go Ducks!