After a difficult week on the road, Oregon returns home for a long stretch of games, beginning with Boise State on Monday, Nov. 28. Tipoff from Matthew Knight Arena is timed for 8 p.m. PT.
Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s basketball action:
Week 4 — No. 13 Oregon Ducks (4-2, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Boise State Broncos (3-2, 0-0 MW)
Date: Monday, November 28, 2016
Time: 8 p.m. PT
Place: Matthew Knight Arena (Eugene, Ore.)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
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At A Glance
- Oregon Ducks (4-2, 0-0 Pac-12) — After falling to Georgetown on the first day of the Maui Invitational, the Ducks bounced back to beat Tennessee in overtime and Connecticut, 79-69, which earned them a fifth-place finish in the tournament… In Oregon’s most recent outing, Chris Boucher loaded the stat sheet, pouring in a team-high 21 points with five triples, five boards and three blocks. The Ducks seemed to find their shooting stroke during the game, shooting 55 percent from the floor and 43 percent (9-of-21) from downtown, while holding the Huskies to 48 and 26 (6-of-23) percent, respectively… Oregon is tied for first in the Pac-12 with 8.0 blocks per game, alongside Washington. Boucher and Jordan Bell are both tied for second in the conference with 3.0 swats per contest… The Ducks play their next nine games in Oregon, which should give them time to further build team chemistry.
- Boise State Broncos (3-2, 0-0 MW) — Boise State most recently toppled Presbyterian, 82-56, behind a career-high 20 points from Justinian Jessup. Chandler Hutchinson and Paris Austin each added 12 points, as 11 Broncos found the bottom of the net… Prior to the win over Presbyterian, Boise State finished 1-2 in the Gildan Charleston Classic with a win over Western Michigan and losses to the College of Charleston and Mississippi State… Through five games, Hutchinson has been Boise State’s best all-around player, notching team-highs in points per game (18.4), rebounds per game (9.6) and steals (seven)… The Broncos lead the Mountain West in scoring defense (62.4ppg) and rebound margin (+9.2)… Boise State and Oregon are just two of nine teams in the six western conferences to have registered four consecutive 20-win seasons.
- The Ducks are 5-1 against the Broncos all-time, dating back to their first meeting in the 1975-76 season. Boise State picked up its first win over Oregon last year, leading by as many as 17 points before holding on for a 74-72 win in Boise. Dillon Brooks and Elgin Cook led the Ducks with 26 and 22 points, respectively.
“They beat us,” coach Dana Altman said Sunday. “We didn’t get off to a very good start, we got way behind, tried to make a comeback, but it was too late. They’re a good team. We have to play well tomorrow… They’re talented, they’re well-coached, and we’re going to have to play well.”
In Their Words
Below, you’ll find interviews from Oregon head coach Dana Altman and guard Tyler Dorsey.
“Defensively, our ball screen defense is not where it needs to be, our communication in the zone and in man is not very good,” coach Dana Altman said. “With a team that has new parts coming into it, communication is a big part of it, so they know what each other is doing. If guys are playing together all the time, then they kind of get a feel, but we don’t have that scenario. We’ve got a lot of new guys, (freshman guard Payton Pritchard), (guard) Dylan Ennis, who didn’t play for us last year. We’ve got a lot of new guys we’re trying to work in. They’ve got to talk a lot more.”
“It’s an eye-opener, those two games (losses) on how much we need to put in work and get back in the gym and focus on the little details of what coaches say,” sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey said. “Those were two tough losses, but we’ve got to bounce back from those two games.”