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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 30, 9 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthew Knight Arena (12,364) -- Eugene, Oregon. Television: ESPN2. Home Record: UCLA 13-1, Oregon 10-2. Away Record: UCLA 1-2, Oregon 3-3. Neutral Record: UCLA 2-1, Oregon 1-0. Conference Record: UCLA 5-2, Oregon 2-5. Series Record: UCLA leads, 83-30.
GAME NOTES: Coming off their first win in more than three weeks, the Oregon Ducks will try to build some momentum when they tangle with the UCLA Bruins in a Pac-12 Conference conflict at Matthew Knight Arena.
UCLA topped California in a 76-64 final this past Sunday for its second straight win and fourth in the last five games. The Bruins are sitting at 16-4 overall, which includes a 5-2 mark against Pac-12 competition. Following this contest, they will remain in the Beaver State to face Oregon State this weekend.
Oregon has been free falling for most of the month of January, with five straight losses heading into its matchup with Washington State last Sunday. The Ducks were able to coast to a 71-44 victory in that tilt, improving to 14-5 overall and 2-5 in league play in the process. They will also play the role of host in their next matchup, as the USC Trojans come to Eugene.
This is a rematch of last year's Pac-12 Tournament title game. Oregon claimed a 78-69 victory in that meeting, earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It was also the fourth straight win for the Ducks against UCLA, which still has an overwhelming lead in the all-time series (83-30).
Kyle Anderson turned in a solid all-around performance, with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists to lead UCLA past California. The Bruins limited the Golden Bears to 34.5 percent shooting in the contest, while outscoring them in close to the basket, 32-24.
UCLA is the second-best scoring (84.3 ppg) and shooting (.500 FG percentage) team in the Pac-12. They also lead the league in assists (17.7 apg), while ranking among the top-10 nationally in all three categories. Paving the way for the Bruins is Jordan Adams (17.2 ppg). Adams had some trouble against Cal, tallying 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting. Anderson (15.4 ppg, 9 rpg, 6.7 apg) is one of the most versatile players in the country, shooting 51.4 percent from the floor and ranking among the top-five players in the Pac-12 in assists and rebounds. The talented roster also features Zach LaVine (11.9 ppg) and Norman Powell (10.8 ppg).
After weeks of futility, Oregon finally looked dominant once again when it routed Washington State. The Ducks only allowed 10 field goals to the Cougars, while outscoring them 28-2 in the paint. Jason Calliste was the high scorer for Oregon, netting 20 points off the bench.
Scoring has rarely been the issue for Oregon this season, as the team ranks fifth nationally and at the top of the Pac-12 in terms of points scored (85.9 ppg). Joseph Young (17.6 ppg) is the team's go-to scorer, although he had only 10 points against Washington State, marking the third time in the last four games he has had 10 points or fewer. Mike Moser (13.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg) is the team's anchor in the frontcourt, while Calliste (11.6 ppg) has been valuable as a reserve. Damyean Dotson (10.8 ppg) adds further scoring depth and Johnathan Loyd (8.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg) keeps things moving from the point.
Oregon's problems of late have not been due to a lack of talent. The Ducks have the ability to contend with UCLA, but the Bruins have been a more proven commodity.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UCLA 78, Oregon 74
01/30 10:36:55 ET
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