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Game Preview and How to Watch: No. 25 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 20 Baylor Bears

It's the first matchup between two ranked teams in Matthew Knight Arena history.

Godofredo Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
No. 25 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 20 Baylor Bears
8:30 PM PT - Matthew Knight Arena - Eugene, OR
TV: ESPN2 - Online: WatchESPN

Oregon Category Baylor
80.0 Points Per Game 97.0
.490 Field Goal Percentage .643
.417 3-Point FG Percentage .563
.714 Free Throw Percentage .696
38.0 Rebounds Per Game 37.0
16.0 Assists Per Game 31.0
16.0 Turnovers Per Game 10.0
8.0 Steals Per Game 6.0
9.0 Blocks Per Game 1.0

Oregon Notes


Position Player
F Elgin Cook
F Dillon Brooks
F Chris Boucher
G Casey Benson
G Tyler Dorsey

Oregon opened the season on Friday night with an 80-52 win over Jackson State at Matthew Knight Arena. Newcomer Tyler Dorsey led the way with 20 points, including hitting his first four three-pointers. 18 of Dorsey's 20 points came in the first half. Dwayne Benjamin, Elgin Cook and Chris Boucher also reached double figures in scoring.

After Jackson State hung with the Ducks in the first part of the game, Oregon went on a 14-3 run over five minutes to take control of the game. It was Oregon's 18th consecutive home opener win.

The Ducks dominated defensively, registering nine blocks on the night. Chris Boucher led the way in his Oregon debut with five of those blocks.

Oregon also squeaked into the AP Top 25, coming in ranked at No. 25. It is the first time the Ducks have been ranked since January 6, 2014. It creates the first matchup between two ranked teams in the history of Matthew Knight Arena as the No. 20 Baylor Bears come to town.

Baylor Notes

Position Player
F Taurean Prince
F Rico Gathers
F Ishmail Wainright
G Lester Medford
G Al Freeman

Baylor also cruised in their season opener, winning 97-55 over Stephen F. Austin. Rico Gathers scored 18 points while Lester Medford added 13 points and nine assists in the blowout win. As a team, Baylor had 31 assists, the third-most in team history.

As a result, Baylor climbed two spots in the AP Top 25 poll from No. 22 to No. 20 in the nation. The Bears have now been ranked No. 22 or better in 13 consecutive AP polls.

Despite going 45-6 in November/December games while ranked, Baylor is 18-17 in road games while ranked.

The Bears will be facing the Ducks for the first time ever. Under head coach Scott Drew, Baylor is 33-9 when facing opponents for the first time ever.