Fresh off finishing their home slate with a perfect mark for the second year in a row, the No. 6 Oregon Ducks hit the road for the final three games of the regular season. First up, Cal on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Tipoff from the Haas Pavilion is set for 6 p.m. PT, viewable on ESPN2.
Week 16 — No. 7 Oregon Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12) @ Cal Golden Bears (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12)
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Time: 6 p.m. PT
Place: Haas Pavilion (Berkeley, Calif.)
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At A Glance
- No. 6 Oregon Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12) — UO most recently toppled Colorado on Saturday, 101-73, extending its nation-leading home-game win streak to 42. With that, the Ducks finish with a perfect record at home for the season season in a row. This time around, UO averaged 9,895 fans at Matthew Knight Arena, which is the highest since averaging 9,984 at home in 1977-78… UO is second in the Pac-12 in scoring margin (+15.1) and assists (17.2apg)… Five Ducks are averaging double figures in the scoring column — Dillon Brooks (15.4ppg), Tyler Dorsey (13.0), Chris Boucher (12.0), Dylan Ennis (11.1) and Jordan Bell (10.9)… Bell and Boucher have also anchored the Ducks on defense, leading the team with 7.9 and 6.5 respective boards per game… UO leads the country with 196 blocks, thanks again to bigs Boucher (69, 14th nationally) and Bell (60, 29th nationally).
"We're going to have to play well; we're going to have to take care of business," UO coach Dana Altman said. "Cal is fighting for an NCAA berth, and they'll give us everything. And Stanford on (Saturday, its) Senior Day? It's a tough road trip to be taking this time of year."
- Cal Golden Bears (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12) — Cal has dropped its past two games, most recently falling on the road to rival Stanford on Friday, 73-68, marking the first time the Golden Bears outshot opponents and lost. In the game, Cal committed 20 turnovers and sent the Cardinal to the line 40 times for 29 made free throws… Cal has relied on its defense, holding opponents to 62.7 points per game, the 15th lowest in the country, on 39.0 percent shooting, the 10th lowest in the country… The Golden Bears also own a rebounding margin of 7.2, the 17th highest in the nation… Four Golden Bears average double-digit scoring — Jabari Bird (14.9ppg), Ivan Rabb (14.8), Charlie Moore (13.2) and Grant Mullins (10.1)… Rabb pulls down an average of 10.7 boards per game, the 11th most in the country, while Moore leads the team in assists (3.8apg) and steals (31).
- The Ducks are 58-84 against the Golden Bears all-time, dating back to their first meeting in 1918-19. Oregon has taken three of the past four, most recently topping Cal earlier this season by an 86-63 decision. In that game, Bell scored a career-high 26 points on 11-of-12 shooting with six boards, four blocks and three steals to lead the Ducks to match a then-school record 15th straight win.
Below, you’ll find highlights from the Ducks’ and Golden Bears’ most recent outings. No. 7 Oregon routed Colorado in Eugene on Saturday, 101-73, while Cal lost to Stanford on the road Friday, 73-68.
No. 7 Oregon 101, Colorado 73
Stanford 73, Cal 68