The Oregon Ducks return to Eugene, where they hope to bounce back after a loss at Baylor on Tuesday. They’ll welcome the Valparaiso Crusaders to Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday, Nov. 17. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. PT.
Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s basketball action:
Week 2 — No. 4 Oregon Ducks (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Valparaiso Crusaders (3-0, 0-0 Horizon)
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 6 p.m. PT
Place: Matthew Knight Arena (Eugene, Ore.)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
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One roaring voice chanting familiar names and destiny. #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/ZXtzpamue5— GoDucks (@GoDucks) November 17, 2016
This season’s poster is pretty swaggy.
At A Glance
- Oregon Ducks (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12) — Oregon has won 26 in a row at Matthew Knight Arena, marking the longest such winning streak in school history and the fifth-longest active streak in the country. Kansas (40 games), Kentucky (39), South Dakota State (29) and Stephen F. Austin round out the top four… Oregon beat Army by double figures in the season-opener before falling at Baylor, 66-49, two days ago. In the latter, Dylan Ennis led the team with 16 points, while Chris Boucher added 12. Jordan Bell put in work on the defensive end, tallying 11 boards and four blocks to lead the team. All-conference forward Dillon Brooks was certainly missed in the setback (foot), but the team is hopeful he’ll play in the Maui Invitational next week. In the meantime, fear not. A loss this early in this season is nothing to get your feathers in a bunch.
Casual reminder that Oregon lost two straight games to unranked teams last February and still got a No. 1 seed.— Sean Larson (@seanlarsonATQ) November 15, 2016
Those two losses? Cal and Stanford.
- Valparaiso Crusaders (3-0, 0-0 Horizon) — Head coach Matt Lottich is finding success in his first season, leading Valpo to three straight wins to open 2016-17. The Crusaders will try to make it four straight against No. 4 Oregon, but the Ducks will prove to be their greatest test yet… Valpo topped Southern Utah, 79-65, Trinity Christian, 89-75, and most recently, Copping State, 78-58. All three of those wins came at home. … In their most recent outing, the Crusaders never trailed on their way to victory. Guard Shane Hammink totaled a team-leading 23 points along with seven rebounds, while forward Alec Peters poured in 20 points along with a team-best eight boards… Valpo was picked to win the Horizon League in the preseason poll, following a 2015-16 campaign, in which the Crusaders won a school-record 30 games, losing seven along the way.
The Ducks took down the Crusaders last season on Nov. 22 in their only series meeting. Oregon trailed at the half before storming back for a 73-67 win.
Below, you’ll find highlights from the Ducks’ most recent game. Oregon fell to Baylor on the road, 66-49.