Oregon and Connecticut will be fighting for fifth place on the final day of the Maui Invitational, facing one another on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Catch all the action on ESPN2, with tip-off timed for 1:30 p.m. PT.
Here’s everything you need to know about today’s basketball action:
Week 3 — No. 13 Oregon Ducks (3-2, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. UConn Huskies (2-3, 0-0 AAC)
Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m. PT
Place: Lahaina Civic Center (Lahaina, Hawaii.)
Radio: College Sports Live
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OT pull up game winner from Oregon’s Dillon Brooks https://t.co/GkPkVoChEL— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) November 22, 2016
That face at the end is phenomenal.
At A Glance
- Oregon Ducks (3-2, 0-0 Pac-12) — The Ducks have played in the Maui Invitational once before, going 1-2 in the 2008 games. Oregon took down Alabama, 92-69, before falling to North Carolina, 98-69, and Texas, 70-55… In the latest AP poll, Oregon dropped from a program-best No. 4 ranking to No. 13. The Ducks are 3-2 on the young season with wins over Army, Valparaiso and most recently Tennessee, and losses to unranked teams, Baylor and Georgetown… Dillon Brooks, who had missed the first three games of the season following foot surgery, played substantial minutes for the first time against Tennessee. Brooks, who led the Ducks with 17 points on 4-of-9 shooting, netted a deep three with 22 seconds left in overtime to lift Oregon to a 69-65 win… Through five games, big men Chris Boucher (13.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.0bpg) and Jordan Bell (11.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 3.6bpg) have been productive on both ends of the floor… Payton Pritchard has found success early in his freshmen campaign, averaging 10.2 points and 3.0 assists per contest… The Ducks, who could find themselves out of next week’s AP Top 25 after losing to a struggling Georgetown team, look to get back to that underdog mentality that propelled them all the way to the Elite Eight last season.
“We obviously read too many press clippings,” coach Dana Altman said, “and we are not playing anywhere near that level we’re capable of playing.”
- UConn Huskies (2-3, 0-0 AAC) — Like the Ducks, the Huskies have faced a bit of turbulence early in the season. UConn has fallen completely out of the AP Top 25 after being ranked 18th in the preseason poll… The Huskies finished their 2015-16 campaign 25-11 overall, making it all the way to the NCAA Tournament before falling to Kansas in the second round… This season, UConn is 2-3 with wins over unranked Loyola Marymount and Division II Chaminade and losses to unranked teams, Wagner, Northeastern and Oklahoma State… The Huskies struggled in their most recent outing against the DII Silverswords (2-2), falling behind by as many as five in a first half that saw six ties, including the one going into halftime at 45-all. UConn got its first three-possession lead with about six minutes remaining in regulation, thanks to a layup by forward Vance Jackson. Chaminade pulled within four points once more before UConn finally pulled away. Guard Jalen Adams (25pts), guard Rodney Purvis (23pts) and Jackson carried most of the scoring load for the Huskies, who shot 61 percent from the floor and out-rebounded their opponents, 39-26.
“I thought the guys played extremely well,” coach Kevin Ollie said. “They did not get down on themselves.”
- This will mark the first meeting between the Ducks and the other Huskies.
Maui Invitational Bracket
- No. 16 Wisconsin-North Carolina (Nov. 23, 6:30pm) will be contending for the championship, Georgetown-Oklahoma State (4:30pm) will be battling for third, Oregon-UConn (1:30pm) will be fighting for fifth, and Tennessee-Chaminade (11am) will be striving for seventh. All games will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and all times are in Pacific Standard Time.
Below, you’ll find highlights from the Huskies’ most recent game. UConn pulled away late to beat Chaminade on Day Two of the tournament, 93-82.
UConn 93, Chaminade 82