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Game Preview: No. 16 Oregon Ducks vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Colorado and Oregon enter tonight's game on three and four-game winning streaks, respectively. Who keeps their streak alive?

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No. 16 Oregon Ducks vs. Colorado Buffaloes

6:00 PM PT - Matthew Knight Arena - Eugene, Ore.

TV: FS1 - Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

The last time Oregon lost a game was on January 17 when they fell 91-87 to Colorado at the Coors Event Center in Boulder. Tonight, the Ducks look for redemption as the Buffs roll into Eugene for a huge Pac-12 game with first place in the conference on the line. Will the Ducks get payback, or will Colorado pull the upset in Eugene?

Tale of the Tape

Oregon Category Colorado
78.3 Points 78.9
68.0 Points Allowed 70.2
.471 FG Percentage .442
.344 3PT FG Percentage .412
.698 FT Percentage .739
36.5 Rebounds 42.6
14.2 Assists 14.9
12.3 Turnovers 13.4
6.0 Blocks 5.3
7.8 Steals 4.8


Probable Starters

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

Dillon Brooks has been on fire as of late, and the country is taking note. After his performances against Arizona and Arizona State last week, Brooks was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week. Brooks was also named as a finalist for the Julius Erving Award, given annually to college basketball's top small forward.

Oregon has their hands full against Colorado, a team they have struggled against since the Buffaloes joined the conference. Dating back to 2012, Colorado has won six of the nine contests between the two teams, including in the conference tournament. A win by Colorado tonight would propel the Buffaloes into first place in the Pac-12.

In the last game between these two teams, Colorado edged out Oregon by a final score of 91-87. Josh Scott led the way for Colorado with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Scott also grabbed 11 rebounds on the night. Dillon Brooks did everything he could for the Ducks, scoring 21 points on an impressive 9-of-13 shooting, but it wasn't enough as the Buffaloes came away with the win.


Probable Starters

Position Player
G Dominique Collier
G Josh Fortune
G George King
F Wesley Gordon
F Josh Scott

Like Oregon, Colorado has been on a bit of a hot streak as of late, rattling off three straights win, including five of their past six. The Buffaloes are coming off of a 70-62 win at home over California.

Colorado's biggest strength comes on the glass. The Buffaloes rank fifth in the nation with 42.6 rebounds per game. Colorado has outrebounded their opponents in 19 of their 22 games. The only three games where Colorado lost the rebounding battle, they also lost the game. So if you're looking for the way to beat Colorado, there it is. We're looking at you, Chris Boucher.

Josh Scott will be the key player to watch tonight for Colorado. Scott leads the team, averaging 17.4 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game. Scott's 11 double doubles this year rank second in the Pac-12, and the last time Scott faced the Ducks, he wound up earning Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. When Scott doesn't get going, the game usually doesn't end well for the Buffaloes, so containing him will be another important factor for the Ducks tonight.