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Oregon is on the road once again to play California and Stanford

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It seems as if N’Faly Dante will be available to return on this road trip as the Ducks look to extend their three-game winning streak. Will we see Anthony Mathis build off one of his better shooting performances he has had in recent weeks?

California Golden Bears (9-10, 3-3)

Wins - Pepperdine, UNLV, Cal Baptist, Prairie Valley, UC Davis, Fresno State, Washington State, Washington, Stanford

Losses - #1 Duke, #22 Texas, @ San Francisco, @ Santa Clara, Saint Mary’s, Boston College, Harvard, @ Stanford, @ USC, @ UCLA

KenPom Ranking - #180

Key Numbers:

  • 62.6 points per game
  • 33.4 rebounds per game
  • 9.3 assists per game
  • 2.5 blocks per game
  • 4.3 steals per game
  • 67.7 points allowed per game
  • 42.0 field goal percentage

Player to Watch For:

Matt Bradley, Sophomore - 17.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.6 APG

Game Time:

#11 Oregon @ California - 9:00 PM ET, PAC-12 Network on Thursday, January 30th

Score Prediction:

83-71, Ducks over Golden Bears

Stanford Cardinal (15-4, 4-2)

Wins - Montana, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Santa Clara, Maryland Eastern-Shore, William and Mary, Oklahoma, UNC Wilmington, @ San Jose State, San Francisco, San Diego, California, Washington, Washington State, @ UCLA,

Losses - Butler, #5 Kansas, @ USC, @ California

KenPom Ranking - #37

Key Numbers:

  • 71.5 points per game
  • 34.2 rebounds per game
  • 13.8 assists per game
  • 4.2 blocks per game
  • 7.5 steals per game
  • 59.3 points allowed per game (7th in the nation)
  • 48.7 field goal percentage

Player to Watch For:

Oscar Da Silva, Junior - 16.0 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 61.6 FG%

Game Time:

#11 Oregon @ Stanford - 6:00 PM ET, PAC-12 Network on Saturday, February 1st

Score Prediction:

79-76, Ducks over Cardinal

*Arden Cravalho is a Gonzaga University graduate from the Bay Area... Follow him on Twitter @a_cravalho