An epic showdown is set to take place tonight at Pauley Pavilion, as No. 5 Oregon goes head-to-head with host No. 10 UCLA at 7 p.m. PT, viewable on ESPN.
Week 14 — No. 5 Oregon Ducks (21-3, 10-1 Pac-12) @ UCLA Bruins (21-3, 8-3 Pac-12)
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. PT
Place: Pauley Pavilion (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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At A Glance
- No. 5 Oregon Ducks (21-3, 10-1 Pac-12) — UO shot 16-of-25 (.640) from downtown to embarrass No. 5 Arizona (21-3, 10-1) in front of a sellout crowd at Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday, 85-58. The 27-point margin of victory marks the largest ever against a top-10 opponent for the Ducks, who are now tied for first in the Pac-12 standings alongside the Wildcats. With the win, UO owns the longest home-game winning streak in the country at 40… The Ducks’ 21-3 overall record is the second best in program history. Only the 1926-27 squad posted a better mark at 23-1. The Ducks are 10-1 in conference play for the first time since 1938-39, the season they won the inaugural NCAA Tournament… Five UO players are averaging double-digit scoring — Dillon Brooks (14.4ppg), Chris Boucher (12.6), Tyler Dorsey (12.4), Dylan Ennis (11.0) and Jordan Bell (10.9)… Defensively, UO leads the country with 176 blocks, thanks to big men Boucher (62, 14th nationally) and Bell (53, 25th nationally).
- No. 10 UCLA (21-3, 8-3 Pac-12) — UCLA returns home after sweeping the Evergreen State, most recently taking down Washington on Saturday, 107-66, behind 22 points from Lonzo Ball and 21 points from Bryce Alford. The Bruins’ 107 points marks the most in a Pac-12 road game since a double-overtime loss at Stanford (116-110) thirty years ago… An offensively-driven team, UCLA has six players averaging double figures in the scoring column: TJ Leaf (17.1ppg), Alford (16.4ppg), Ball (15.1ppg), Isaac Hamilton (14.7ppg), Aaron Holiday (13.4ppg) and Thomas Welsh (10.4ppg). Ball is also second in the country with 7.8 assists per game behind Creighton’s Maurice Watson Jr. (8.5), who is out for the season with a torn ACL… UCLA is second in the nation in scoring offense (92.9ppg), owning the fourth largest scoring margin (16.4). The Bruins have also been lights-out from all over the floor, owning the best field goal percentage (53.5) and tying for the second best three-point field goal percentage (42.4) alongside Marquette… Defense has been UCLA’s downfall, as explained by Ben Bolch of the LA Times.
"I play every game the same. I mean, they beat us last time, and we want to win this time."— UCLA Basketball (@UCLAMBB) February 8, 2017
Lonzo Ball, on facing Oregon this week pic.twitter.com/RQMy2pxzy4
- The Ducks are 35-86 against the Bruins all-time, dating back to their first meeting in 1936-37. UO has taken the past three meetings, most recently eclipsing UCLA on Brooks’ buzzer-beating trey earlier this season, 89-87.
Below, you’ll find highlights from the Ducks’ and Bruins’ most recent outings. No. 13 Oregon toppled No. 5 Arizona in Eugene on Saturday, 85-58, while No. 8 UCLA stomped Washington in Seattle on the same day, 107-66.
No. 13 Oregon 85, No. 5 Arizona 58
No. 8 UCLA 107, Washington 66