In the 348th Civil War, No. 6 Oregon will be looking to clinch at least a share of the Pac-12 title, while Oregon State will be searching for just its second win in conference play. The battle begins on Saturday, March 4 at 3 p.m. PT, viewable on ESPN2.
"We'd like to have a share of that title," coach Dana Altman said Friday before practice. "So we've got to take care of business tomorrow to have that opportunity. They're aware of that. Beyond that, we haven't talked about anything."
Week 17 — No. 6 Oregon Ducks (26-4, 15-2 Pac-12) vs. Oregon State Beavers (5-25, 1-16 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 3 p.m. PT
Place: Gill Coliseum (Corvallis, Ore.)
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At A Glance
- No. 6 Oregon Ducks (25-4, 14-2 Pac-12) — No. 6 Oregon and No. 7 Arizona currently stand atop the Pac-12 standings, sporting 26-4 and 15-2 records. Should both teams win their season finales and share the conference title, the Ducks would get the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament because they beat the Wildcats in their only meeting this season, 85-58… The Ducks have earned the league title five times in program history — 1919, 1939, 1945, 2002, 2016 — and a win on Saturday would give them back-to-back crowns for the first time ever… UO rides a five-game winning streak into Corvallis, most recently edging Stanford on the road last Saturday, 75-73. Jordan Bell tipped in the game-winning bucket with 14 seconds remaining to cap the Ducks’ late rally… UO’s winning percentage of .867 is the best in program history, ahead of three seasons that finished .857: 1927-28 (18-3), 1926-27 (24-4) and 1911-12 (12-2)… Five Ducks are averaging double figures in the scoring column — Dillon Brooks (15.6ppg), Tyler Dorsey (12.8), Chris Boucher (12.1), Dylan Ennis (11.1) and Bell (10.8)… Bell and Boucher have also anchored the Ducks on defense, leading the team with 7.8 and 6.3 respective boards per game… UO is second in the country with 203 blocks, thanks again to big men Boucher (72, 19th nationally) and Bell (61, 37th nationally).
- Oregon State Beavers (5-25, 1-16 Pac-12) — The Beavers sit at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings, having dropped 16 of the past 17. OSU’s lone win in that span came against Utah on Feb. 19 by a 68-67 decision. Since then, the Beavers have fallen at Stanford and most recently Cal… OSU looks to avoid becoming the eighth school to win no more than one conference game since the Pac-12 schedule expanded to 18 in 1978, according to AP Stats… The Beavers are within the bottom third of the Pac-12 in many categories, including scoring offense (63.3), free throw percentage (.660), field goal percentage (.432), three-point percentage (.345), rebounding margin (-2.7), assists (11.8apg) and steals (5.5spg)… Stephen Thompson Jr. leads three Beavers in double-digit scoring with 16.2 points per game. Drew Eubanks averages 14.5 and JaQuori McLaughlin averages 10.8 per contest. Tres Tinkle, who led all returners in scoring last season, has missed all but six games this season with a wrist injury.
“The big thing is to keep the guys in a positive frame of mind,” coach Wayne Tinkle said. “We’re improving and moving forward, but you have to continue to grind every day. The answers are on the court, in the weight room and the film room, so you can’t look for them elsewhere. Guys have bought into that.”
- The Ducks are 161-186 against the Beavers all-time, dating back to their first meeting in 1902-03. UO has won 11 of the past 14, most recently besting OSU earlier this season by an 85-43 decision. The 42-point margin was the largest ever by the Ducks in Civil War history.
Below, you’ll find highlights from the Ducks’ and Beavers’ most recent outings. No. 6 Oregon edged Stanford on the road Saturday, 75-73, while Oregon State stumbled against Cal in Berkeley the day before, 76-46.
No. 6 Oregon 75, Cal 73
Cal 76, Oregon State 46