No. 7 Oregon welcomes Utah to town on Thursday, Feb. 16. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. PT, nationally viewable on ESPN.
Week 15 — No. 7 Oregon Ducks (22-4, 11-2 Pac-12) vs. Utah Utes (17-8, 8-5 Pac-12)
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 6 p.m. PT
Place: Matthew Knight Arena (Eugene, Ore.)
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At A Glance
- No. 7 Oregon Ducks (22-4, 11-2 Pac-12) — UO is second in the Pac-12 standings behind No. 5 Arizona after splitting last week in Los Angeles, falling 82-79 to No. 6 UCLA on Thursday before bouncing back with a 81-70 win over USC on Saturday… With two regular-season games remaining at Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks aim to go undefeated at home for the second straight season. UO owns the longest active home winning streak in the country at 40 in a row… The Ducks’ 22-4 record is the program’s best since going 24-2 in 1926-27; their 11-2 conference mark is the best since the 1939 NCAA Championship team started Pacific Coast Conference play with the same record… UO is second in the conference in scoring margin (+14.5), assists (16.9apg) and steals (6.5spg)… Five Ducks are averaging double-digit scoring — Dillon Brooks (14.9ppg), Tyler Dorsey (13.1), Chris Boucher (12.0), Dylan Ennis (10.9) and Jordan Bell (10.8)… Defensively, UO leads the country with 179 blocks, thanks to big men Boucher (64, 15th nationally) and Bell (54, 34th nationally).
- Utah Utes (17-8, 8-5 Pac-12) — Utah is tied for fifth in the Pac-12 standings alongside USC after going 2-0 at home last week with a 74-70 win over Washington State on Thursday and an 85-61 dub over Washington two days later… The Utes are averaging 80.5 points per game and could score 80-plus in a season for the first time since the 1976-77 team averaged 81.7 points per game… Utah is fourth in the nation with a 51.2 percent shooting clip and seventh with an 8.4 rebounding margin… Four Utes are averaging double-digit scoring — Kyle Kuzma (15.7ppg), David Collette (14.6), Lorenzo Bonam (13.0) and Devon Daniels (10.6)… Kuzma and Collette lead the squad in rebounding with 10.2 and 5.1 respective boards per game, while Bonam paces the pack with 3.0 assists per game and 29 steals.
- The Ducks are 18-9 against the Utes all-time, dating back to their first meeting in 1940-41. UO has taken the past eight meetings, most recently besting Utah earlier this season by a 73-67 decision. Brooks paced the squad in his return with 19 points, as the Ducks held off the Utes’ late rally.
Below, you’ll find highlights from the Ducks’ and Utes’ most recent outings. No. 5 Oregon gutted out a win over USC in Los Angeles on Saturday, 81-70, while Utah blew by Washington in Salt Lake City earlier that day, 85-61.
No. 5 Oregon 81, USC 70
Utah 85, Washington 61