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Game Preview: Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars

The Ducks look to establish a new school record for most consecutive home wins tonight when they face the Washington State Cougars.

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No. 13 Oregon Ducks (21-6, 10-4) vs. Washington State Cougars (9-18, 1-14)

7:00 PM PT - Matthew Knight Arena - Eugene, Ore.

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

Oregon got back in the win column on Saturday night with a impressive win over the Oregon State Beavers. Now, they'll look to continue that momentum tonight as the Washington State Cougars roll into town. The Cougars have been in a downward spiral for the past couple months, losing thirteen straight games since they beat UCLA back on January 3. Can the Cougs snap their losing streak and Oregon's home win streak, or will the Ducks roll past Washington State like they should?


Probable Starters

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

Tonight, Oregon is going for their 24th straight win at home, which would set a new school record. The previous record, which they tied on Saturday night with a win over Oregon State, is 23 games, set between 2001-2003. Ironically enough, the same man could be in the building tonight to see the new record get set. The last time the Ducks set a new record for most consecutive home wins, Ernie Kent was calling the shots. Now, Kent is the head coach for Washington State.

Oregon set another school record on Saturday night against Oregon State. For the second straight year, the Ducks set a new record for blocked shots in a season, surpassing the previous mark of 157. This is also the fourth time in Dana Altman's six years as head coach that the Ducks have established a new single-season school record for blocks.

According to BracketMatrix (a site that pulls together all the biggest bracket predictions), the Ducks are still in good position for the NCAA tournament, currently projected as a No. 3 seed. Believe it or not, Oregon is projected to be seeded higher than powerhouses like Duke, Kentucky and Arizona. What a time to be alive.


Probable Starters

Position Player
G Ike Iroegbu
G Viont'e Daniels
G/F Brett Boese
F Junior Longrus
F Josh Hawkinson

2016 has not been kind to the Washington State Cougars. Since defeating UCLA back on January 3, the Cougars have lost thirteen straight games and sit in the bottom of the conference five games behind Arizona State. Washington State has also yet to win a road game this year.

This is Washington State's only matchup on the schedule against Oregon this season. The last time that happened was back in 1922 when the two teams did not face each other. The Cougars are 43-96 all time against the Ducks in Eugene and have yet to win a game in Matthew Knight Arena.

In order to keep this game competitive, the Cougars will need another strong showing off the bench from Que Johnson. In the last four games, Johnson has led Washington State in scoring three times, averaging 17.3 points per game, and has scored in double figures in seven of the last eight games.