The Oregon Ducks will look to end the regular season on a high note after a disappointing night in Pullman. The Ducks look to have a repeat performance against the Washington Huskies (20-10, 10-7) from earlier this season and complete the series sweep on Saturday.
Unless the Ducks win the Pac-12 Tournament next week, the NCAA Tournament is out of the picture. Oregon fell right into the trap game, falling 78-76 to the Cougars, to the delight of former Oregon coach, Ernie Kent.
Malachi Flynn fell two points shy of his career-high with 28 points to pace the Cougars. Robert Franks, who did not play the Ducks in Eugene due to an injury, scored 19 points.
Payton Pritchard had the game in his hands for the Ducks to come out victorious. Unfortunately, the game-winning three-pointer fell off the mark. Pritchard finished with 16 points while Elijah Brown and Troy chipped in 18 points and 17 points, respectively.
Consistently inconsistent best describes the play of Oregon this season. After a triumph with an overtime win over Arizona at home, the momentum came to a crashing halt at the hands of Washington State. They were aware to not overlook the Cougars despite sitting at the bottom of the conference.
Despite having the right attitude and mindset, the whole puzzle did not come together to come away victorious. Overall, the result should come as no surprise as every road team in the Pac-12 has been suspect to poor playing.
With an opportunity to at least feel good with a win before the Pac-12 Tournament, the Huskies are looking for some payback after only mustering 40 points in the first meeting.
Washington has been decent on the defensive end this season but did not have significant fortunes from field goal range against the Ducks. The 40 points were the lowest amount Oregon allowed in a game since moving to Matthew Knight Arena.
The Huskies were in the hunt for the Pac-12 regular season title but fell out of the picture after being handled by the Ducks.
Noah Dickerson scored 25 points, and Jaylen Nowell added 12 points to help Washington fend off Oregon State at home, 79-77. If anything, the Huskies will want to add to the Ducks’ misery in the final regular season game for both teams.
Tipoff begins at 1:30 p.m. PST.