We are just three days away from the 348th Civil War between No. 6 Oregon and Oregon State. The game will conclude the regular season for both parties. The Ducks are seeking a Pac-12 Championship, while the Beavers are desperately seeking win No. 2 in conference this season.
The excitement level around Eugene is reaching new levels, as it should be. The Ducks are on the verge of a historic season. One more victory would ensure the first back-to-back Pac-12 Titles in program history. In fact, UO has reached quite a few milestones this year.
With a victory on Saturday against the Beavers, Oregon would claim the league title for the sixth time in program history. The last five have been achieved in 1919, 1939, 1945, 2002 and 2016. UO has not clinched a league crown in the state of Oregon since 1945. The last two occurred in Los Angeles, California.
The last time these two teams played, it was the 347th edition of The Civil War. The Ducks dismantled Oregon State, 85-43, in Eugene on January 14. It was the largest margin of victory over Oregon State in school history. It surpassed a 29-point win in 2002.
OSU did not score until 10:44 left in the first half. By then, the Ducks had a 21-0 lead. It was all downhill from that point.
Dylan Ennis drilled a 3-pointer to start the game. It was his first of three triples in the first half, as he strolled to the locker room with 11 points.
10 Ducks played at least 11 minutes during the game, and seven played at least 20 minutes. Oregon State was basically playing against the UO bench in the second half.
The Ducks concluded the game on an 11-1 run, as OSU missed their last seven field goal attempts. A lot of things have to go wrong or a team is that bad to lose by 42 points.
Oregon finished the night 27-for-52 (52 percent) from the floor. Meanwhile, UO’s defense stifled the Beavers to 31 percent shooting. OSU made just 16 of their 51 attempts.
The West Linn native led the way with a team-high 17 points for Oregon. Payton Pritchard finished 4-for-4 from downtown in the true freshman’s first Civil War.
Ennis was second on the team in scoring with 16 of his own. The versatile guard concluded with five assists, four rebounds, one steal, and one blocked shot.
Jordan Bell was all over the place defensively. He secured a game-high nine boards, including four stolen passes. JB also registered four of Oregon’s 12 blocked shots.
Drew Eubanks was the lone bright spot for Oregon State. He finished with a game-high 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor.
Who is ready for round two? The Ducks are counting the minutes...
No. 6 Oregon (26-4, 15-2 Pac-12) will conclude their regular season on Saturday afternoon in Corvallis. Oregon State (5-25, 1-16 Pac-12) is fresh off their first win of the conference season against Utah. The regular season finale will tip at 3:00 p.m. PCT from Gill Coliseum. Get your tickets now.