Dillon Brooks was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week. More importantly, the Ducks vaulted from No. 13 to No. 5 in the rankings after their convincing win over Arizona on Saturday, 85-58.
Brooks averaged 22.5 points on 67 percent shooting (16-24), including 7-of-12 behind the arc. He added 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals as Oregon extended its national-best home court winning streak to 40 games with triumphs over Arizona State and No. 5 Arizona.
With Oregon trailing by one with 3:15 remaining, Brooks scored the Ducks’ final 12 points, propelling them to a 71-70 victory over the Sun Devils on Thursday. He finished with a team-high 27 points (9-14 FG, 3-5 3FG, 6-8 FT), six rebounds and four assists.
Brooks followed up that performance with 18 points (7-10 FG, 4-7 3FG), five rebounds, three assists and three steals in just 22 minutes against Arizona on Saturday. The 85-58 besting was the largest margin of victory over a top-10 opponent in program history.
This was the third time DB captured the Pac-12 honor. Brooks is now one behind the Oregon all-time leader, Blair Rasmussen, for Pac-12 POW with four.
His previous player of the week was awarded on January 2 following the Canadian’s heroics against then No. 2 UCLA and previously unbeaten No. 22 USC.
For the season, Brooks is averaging a modest 14.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.2 APG, and 1.3 SPG over 22.5 MPG. Yet, it is more important that he enters postseason action at full strength, rather than logging heavy minutes with huge statistics right now.
The All-American candidate readies No. 5 Oregon (21-3, 10-1 Pac-12) for a rematch with No. 10 UCLA (21-3, 8-3 Pac-12) on Thursday from Pauley Pavilion. Brooks’ game-winning 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds lifted Oregon to victory over UCLA, 89-87, from Eugene in December.
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