No. 11 Oregon Ducks (20-4, 9-2) vs. California Golden Bears (15-8, 5-5)
6:00 PM PT - Hass Pavilion - Berkeley, Calif.
TV: FS1 - Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
The Oregon Ducks will be tested tonight as they face the California Golden Bears in Berkeley, a place that has been tough to win at in recent years. Oregon brings in their six-game winning streak while California is coming off a big win over Stanford.
Tale of the Tape
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The Ducks have climbed to No. 11 in this week's AP top 25, which is their highest ranking of the season. NCAA tournament projections have been favorable for the Ducks recently. This week, ESPN's Seth Greenberg predicted Oregon has what it takes to reach the Final Four, something they haven't done since 1960 when they lost to California. Since then, Oregon has reached the Elite Eight in 2002 and 2007, but is still waiting for that trip back to the Final Four.
With their win over Utah on Sunday, the Ducks improved to 9-2 in Pac-12 play. That is their best record since the 2001-02 season. Oregon also improved to 20-4 overall, their best record since the 2006-07 season. Notice those are the last two seasons where the Ducks advanced to the Elite Eight. Do they have a similar run in them this year?
Casey Benson has been excelling on the court this year, and today he was rewarded for his efforts in the classroom. Benson was named today as a first team selection for the Academic All-District Team selected by CoSIDA. Benson, a sophomore from Tempe, Ariz., is a journalism major with a 3.47 GPA.
California has been impossible to stop at home this year. The Bears are 14-0 at Haas Pavilion this year, already surpassing their 11 wins at home last year. The best record California has ever posted at home while playing at Haas Pavilion, which opened in 1999, was 17-1 in both the 2001-02 and 2011-12 seasons. Their current home winning streak of 15 games is fifth-longest in program history. The record is 26 games, set from December 27, 1958 to December 16, 1960.
Defensively, California has been tough to score against this year. The Bears lead the conference in both field goal percentage defense (38.8 percent) and scoring defense (66.7 points per game). The Ducks have scored less than 67 points only one this season during a 70-57 loss to Oregon State.
Jaylen Brown is the key player for Oregon to stop tonight. Since Pac-12 play began, Brown leads Cal in scoring, averaging 17.5 points per game. Brown has scored over 20 points in four of five conference road games and has hit double digits in scoring in eight straight games. During that stretch, Brown tied his career-high with 27 points against Utah on the road.