Two nights after knocking off previously-undefeated No. 2 UCLA, No. 21 Oregon looks to hand No. 22 USC its first loss of the season on Friday, Dec. 30. Tipoff from Matthew Knight Arena is set for 7 p.m. PT, viewable on FS1.
Week 8 — No. 21 Oregon Ducks (12-2, 1-0 Pac-12) vs. No. 22 USC Trojans (14-0, 1-0 Pac-12)
Date: Friday, December 30, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. PT
Place: Matthew Knight Arena (Eugene, Ore.)
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"That felt good, anytime you hit a game-winner, it feels good," Dillon Brooks said after Wednesday’s 89-87 win over No. 2 UCLA. "We will celebrate it for now and then move on to another undefeated team in USC. They are an athletic, young team."
At A Glance
- No. 21 Oregon Ducks (12-2, 1-0 Pac-12) — For the second time this week and the third time in MKA history, ranked foes will face off Friday. USC is just the ninth ranked team all-time to visit MKA, as UO is 7-1 against ranked opponents at MKA… The Ducks’ home-game winning streak of 34 is the longest in UO history and the second-longest active streak in the country. Only Kansas has more consecutive wins with 46 at The Phog… Five Ducks are averaging double-digit scoring, led by forward Chris Boucher (13.7ppg)… Thanks to big-time swatters Boucher (2.9bpg, 11th nationally) and Jordan Bell (2.4bpg, 26th nationally), UO ranks first in the country in blocks with 108… Head coach Dana Altman is one win away from having 700 for his career. He has 576 at the DI level and another 123 at the junior college level.
"That is a good offensive team playing with tremendous confidence," Altman said of the Trojans. "You win 14 games and you are going to bounce around like you know what you are doing, and they do. We are going to have to play well Friday night. There cannot be a letdown emotionally."
- No. 22 USC Trojans (14-0, 1-0 Pac-12) — After taking down Oregon State on Wednesday, No. 22 USC is off to its best start since 1971-72, a season wherein the Trojans began 16-0 before finishing 24-2… With a current 14-0 mark, USC is just one of five unbeaten teams in the country, along with No. 1 Villanova, No. 4 Baylor, No. 6 Gonzaga and No. 9 Creighton… Five Trojans are averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by Elijah Stewart (15.0ppg) and Jordan McLaughlin (14.4ppg, 5.0apg)… Defensively, Chimezie Metu leads the team with 7.9 boards per game and 28 total blocks, averaging 13.5 points per game as well… Head coach Andy Enfield will be looking for his 100th career win.
- The Ducks are 54-62 against the Trojans all-time, dating back to their first meeting in 1955-56. The Ducks’ current streak of 12 straight wins over the Trojans is the longest against USC and the second-longest all-time against any Pac-12 opponent.
Below, you’ll find highlights from the Ducks’ and Trojans’ most recent outings. No. 21 Oregon eclipsed No. 2 UCLA in Eugene on Wednesday, 89-87, while No. 22 USC topped Oregon State in Corvallis on Wednesday, 70-63.
No. 21 Oregon 89, No. 2 UCLA 87
No. 22 USC 70, Oregon State 63