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Game Preview: Oregon Ducks vs. Stanford Cardinal

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Oregon Ducks vs. Stanford Cardinal

1:00 PM PT - Maples Pavilion - Stanford, Calif.

TV: Pac-12 Networks - Live Stream: Pac-12 Live

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

Oregon Category Stanford
77.5 Points 66.4
68.0 Points Allowed 73.4
.467 FG Percentage .386
.341 3PT FG Percentage .265
.701 FT Percentage .726
35.8 Rebounds 31.9
14.0 Assists 10.0
11.8 Turnovers 10.3
6.1 Blocks 1.8
7.5 Steals 7.1


Probable Starters

Position Player
F Elgin Cook
F Dillon Brooks
F Chris Boucher
G Casey Benson
G Tyler Dorsey

Oregon is coming off their biggest loss of the year on Thursday, falling to California by a final of 83-63 at Haas Pavilion. Three of Oregon's five losses this year have come by double digits, so when the Ducks do lose, you can usually see it coming from a long ways away. That was certainly the case on Thursday as the Bears started red hot from the field, never allowing Oregon to make it a close game.

The Ducks have had recent success against the Cardinal, winning two of their last three matchups. The last time these two teams faced was back on January 10 in Eugene when the Ducks came out on top 71-58. In that win, Dillon Brooks led the way with 15 points while Tyler Dorsey and Dwayne Benjamin both added 12 points.

Oregon struggled to defend the perimeter against the Bears on Thursday, which was a big factor that led to the blowout loss. The Bears actually shot better from 3-point range (56.3 percent) than they did overall (55.7 percent). Fortunately, Oregon shouldn't have the same problem today as Stanford is shooting just .265 from outside the arc this season.


Probable Starters

Position Player
F Marcus Sheffield
G Marcus Allen
G Dorian Pickens
F Rosco Allen
F Michael Humphrey

Stanford has struggled as of late, losing four straight games. Their last win came against Arizona State on January 23. Since then, their average margin of defeat during their four game losing streak has been by 16.25 points. The Cardinal can't afford to let another game get out of hand like they have been recently, but you can be certain Oregon will be hungry to get back into the win column after an embarrassing showing in Berkeley.

This matchup is a story of two teams with tough schedules and how differently they have answered the challenge. According to ESPN's daily RPI on February 12, the Ducks have the toughest schedule in the nation while Stanford has the second toughest in the country. That's where the similarities end, however, as the Ducks have nine more wins over Stanford.

Rosco Allen is Stanford's leading scorer and has been playing well as of late. Over his last five games, Allen is averaging 18.6 points per game. Allen has also been producing late in games, with 75 of his 93 points over those last five games coming in the second half. If this game stays close into the second half, the Ducks will have to pay extra attention to ensure Allen doesn't repeat his recent performances.