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Game Preview: Oregon Ducks at Washington Huskies

The Ducks look to cap off a perfect season at home tonight against Washington.

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, the Oregon Ducks will look to cap off a perfect season at home when the Washington Huskies come to town. The athletic department has made a huge push to sell out the game (which is a separate problem we won't address here), so the building should be packed tonight. Sunday night, rivalry game, final home game and going for an undefeated season at home. It's got all the makings one could want in a game. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 PM PT on ESPNU.


Probable Starters

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

Oregon is going for their fifth ever undefeated season at home tonight. If they beat Washington, it'll also be just the second time in the last 78 years that the Ducks have done so. Oregon went 16-0 at home during the 2001-02 season, but the last time before that was back in 1937-38 when they also went 16-0.

This is the only scheduled matchup of the season against Washington. If the Ducks don't travel to Washington for the NCAA tournament (they've frequently been projected to land in the Spokane region), it will be the first time in 100 years that Oregon goes an entire season without going to Washington. The last time that happened was in 1916 when World War I and an influenza outbreak in the Northwest cancelled Oregon's season.

As it is the final home game of the season, that means it is also Senior Night. Tonight, the Ducks will honor Max Heller, Dylan Ennis, Dwayne Benjamin, Elgin Cook and manager Patrick Scully in a pregame ceremony, so plan on arriving early if you're heading to the game to thank these seniors for their efforts and hard work.


Probable Starters N/A

Tonight marks the final road game of the regular season for the Washington Huskies, who are 3-5 on the road this season (not counting neutral site games). The Huskies have lost their last four road games, last winning at UCLA on January 28 in a close 86-84 decision in Los Angeles.

Much like Oregon, the Huskies have been dominant when it comes to blocking shots. As a team, Washington is just 13 blocks shy of tying the Pac-12 single-season record for blocks. The Huskies have 198 blocks so far this season, which is most in the nation. The conference record of 211 blocks was set by Arizona State in 2012-13.

Andrew Andrews will be the player Oregon needs to focus on shutting down tonight. Against Oregon State on Thursday, Andrews recording his sixth 30-plus point game of the season. He will also likely become just the fifth player in school history to reach 1,000 points in conference play during a season, needing just a single point to do so. Andrews is averaging 20.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.