No. 16 Oregon Ducks (20-6, 9-4) vs. Oregon State Beavers (15-9, 6-7)
7:00 PM PT - Matthew Knight Arena - Eugene, Ore.
TV: Pac-12 Networks - Live Stream: Pac-12 Live
The Oregon Ducks are looking to get back in the win column today as they host their in-state rivals, the Oregon State Beavers. Last time out, the Beavers handed the Ducks a 70-57 loss in Corvallis, one of Oregon's worst losses of the season. The Ducks have picked it up since then, rising as high as No. 11 in the polls, but lost back-to-back games for the first time this season last week. Can they turn it around tonight in Eugene?
The Ducks are back at Matthew Knight Arena, which is very good news for them. This year, Oregon is a perfect 15-0 at Matthew Knight Arena. Their last loss at home came back on January 8, 2015 in a 75-67 loss to Arizona. Since then, the Ducks have strung together 22 straight wins in Eugene.
In the past, Oregon's lack of size has hurt them. This year, the Ducks are on a historic pace when it comes to blocking shots. Oregon have 155 blocks this season and need just three more blocks to break the school record of 157 set last year. What's even more impressive is that the Ducks could break that record tonight in the 27th game of the year, while it took 36 games to set last year's record.
The Ducks have had recent success against the Beavers in Eugene. The last time Oregon State won in Matthew Knight Arena was back on January 29, 2012 when the Beavers came out on top 76-71. Tonight, the Ducks will be going after their fourth straight win over Oregon State at Matthew Knight Arena.
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The Beavers are coming off an 81-73 loss to California in Berkeley last Saturday. Prior to that loss, Oregon State had strung together three straight wins, their longest win streak since also winning three straight from December 18-21. The Beavers' three straight conference wins came against Utah and Colorado at home and Stanford on the road.
With a win today, Oregon State would complete a season sweep of the Ducks for the first time since 2010 and just the second time since 1993. It would also be their first road win over a Top 25 team since they defeated No. 15 in Washington in Seattle back in 1985.
This is the most contested rivalry in all of college basketball. Oregon and Oregon State have faced each other 345 times dating back to 1903, which is an NCAA record. The Beavers hold the edge in the series 186-159, which is the third-most wins against a single team in NCAA history.