LAS VEGAS, Nevada — The Pac-12 No. 1 seed Oregon Ducks will play No. 8 Arizona State on Thursday at noon PCT from T-Mobile Arena. After a thrilling win in overtime, 98-88, over Stanford, the Sun Devils are ready for a rematch with UO.
Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley has been here before. His success may not be what it was as a player, but he understands the big moment. After their first contest in Eugene saw the Ducks squeak by ASU, 71-70, the head coach is relishing a neutral site opportunity.
If it wasn’t for Dillon Brooks, UO might have lost to the Sun Devils on that February night. The Pac-12 Player of the Year scored a team-high 27 points, including the final 12 Oregon points.
Shannon Evans led the way for ASU with a game-high 28 points on 10-for-16 from the field. Tra Holder had 17 points, including three dimes and two boards in defeat.
Regardless of opponent, one could assume that the then No. 13 Ducks were looking ahead to then No. 5 Arizona two days later. UO avoided the trap game and dismantled the Wildcats by 27 points, 85-58, from Eugene. That win helped secure the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament.
Arizona State will have Oregon’s full attention this time around. On a neutral floor, anything is possible. Yet, the Ducks have their hands full with a desperate Sun Devil bunch looking for a NCAA Tournament birth.
No. 1 Oregon (27-4, 16-2 Pac-12) will test No. 8 Arizona State (15-17, 7-11 Pac-12) from the outset. Tip is set for noon PCT on Thursday afternoon from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Set your calendar.