No. 7 Oregon is looking to finish with an unblemished mark at Matthew Knight Arena for the second straight season, riding a nation-leading 41-game win streak at home into Saturday’s competition with Colorado. Tipoff is timed for 12 p.m. PT, viewable on FOX.
“It would be a good story for me to say in the two years I played here, we never lost at home,” said senior Chris Boucher, a junior college transfer.
Week 15 — No. 7 Oregon Ducks (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (16-11, 6-8 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, February 17, 2017
Time: 12 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, one game behind No. 5 Arizona. The Ducks have won four of their past five, most recently beating Utah on Thursday to improve to 16-0 at MKA this season… The Ducks’ 23-4 record is the program’s best since going 24-3 in 1926-27; their 12-2 conference record is the best since the 1939 NCAA Championship team started Pacific Coast Conference play with the same mark… UO is second in the conference in scoring margin (+14.7), assists (16.9apg) and steals (6.4spg)… Five Ducks are averaging double-digit scoring — Dillon Brooks (15.1ppg), Tyler Dorsey (13.2), Boucher (11.7), Jordan Bell (11.1) and Dylan Ennis (10.8)… Defensively, UO leads the country with 189 blocks, thanks to big men Boucher (67, 15th nationally) and Bell (59, 28th nationally).
- Colorado Buffaloes (16-11, 6-8 Pac-12) — The Buffs dropped their first six games in conference play, but have since taken six of their past seven to rise to seventh in the Pac-12 standings, alongside Arizona State. Colorado most recently topped Oregon State on Thursday, scoring the last eight points of the game to secure the 60-52 road win... The Buffs went 10-3 in non-conference play with losses to Notre Dame, Colorado State and BYU, and notable wins over Xavier and Eastern Washington... Derrick White has been dynamic for the Buffs, leading the team in points (17.1ppg), assists (4.2apg) and steals (34), while also adding 3.9 rebounds per game and 37 blocks... Xavier Johnson (14.8ppg, 6.0rpg), George King (11.4ppg, 7.1rpg) and Wesley Gordon (7.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 40blk) have also been productive for Colorado.
"We're going to go let it all hang out," coach Tad Boyle said. "We're going to let it all hang out and play basketball."
- The Ducks are 6-10 against the Buffaloes all-time, dating back to their first meeting in 1955-56. Colorado has taken two of the past three, most recently winning 74-65 earlier this season to snap Oregon’s 17-game win streak. Derrick White poured in 23 points to lead three Buffs in double-digit scoring, while Payton Pritchard had a career-best 19 points and Ennis added 10 in a game the Ducks never seemed to have control of.
“We’ve got to start early, we can’t give them open 3-pointers like last game,” Pritchard said. “They hit them, and it got their energy out of the roof, so you can’t give any team open 3-pointers.”
Below, you’ll find highlights from the Ducks’ and Buffs’ most recent outings. No. 7 Oregon cruised by Utah in Eugene on Thursday, 79-61, while Colorado took care of Oregon State in Corvallis the same day, 60-52.
No. 7 Oregon 79, Utah 61
Colorado 60, Oregon State 52