Arizona State (14-2) at Oregon (13-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 13, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthew Knight Arena (12,369) -- Eugene, Oregon. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Arizona State 11-1, Oregon 11-0. Away Record: Arizona State 2-0, Oregon 2-1. Neutral Record: Arizona State 1-1, Oregon 0-1. Conference Record: Arizona State 3-0, Oregon 2-0. Series Record: Arizona State leads, 41-33.
GAMES NOTES: The Arizona State Sun Devils and the Oregon Ducks will battle for Pac-12 supremacy in the early season when they meet up at Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday night.
If Oregon is going to grab a win the Ducks will have to cool off the Sun Devils after a 72-62 win on the road against Oregon State on Thursday gave ASU its sixth straight win. The Sun Devils, who are 14-2 overall, are also 3-0 in Pac-12 play for just the fifth time since the formation of the then Pac-10 in 1978. This is the final contest of a two-game road stint for the Sun Devils who return home to host instate rival Arizona in a huge matchup next Saturday.
Oregon knows all about big matchups with the fourth-ranked Wildcats as the Ducks are fresh off a 70-66 defeat of Arizona, its first this season. The Ducks didn't come out of nowhere to get the win, as they have also been scorching out of the gate with a 13-2 overall record and wins in eight of their last nine, including both conference tilts. The Ducks have been impossible to stop at Matthew Knight Arena where they are 11-0. Oregon will play back-to-back games in Los Angeles next against USC and UCLA.
These teams met once last season with the Ducks earning a 67-58 victory. It was the second straight win for Oregon in the series, Arizona State leads the all-time series 41-33.
Led by Jahii Carson's 20 points, the Sun Devils were able to handle Oregon State last time out. Arizona State had a 49-35 edge in rebounds and held the Beavers to just 37.3 percent shooting in the victory. Carrick Felix had another strong game with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Carson and Felix have each been playing at an exceptional level for Arizona State. Carson, a freshman, leads the team in scoring and assists (16.9 ppg, 5.1 apg), ranking in the top five in the conference in each category. He has already scored 20 points in six games this season. Felix (15.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg) has scored in double figures in 15 straight games, which is tied with Washington State's Brock Motum for the longest such streak in the Pac-12. Jordan Bachynski (10.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg) has been a beast up front, swatting 4.6 shots per game which leads the conference and is third in the nation overall. As a team Arizona State is scoring 73.1 points per game and outscoring teams by nearly 10 points per game.
The Ducks got out to a 41-30 lead at halftime against Arizona and then held on down the stretch to pull off the upset. It was the just the second win in as many tries for Oregon against a a ranked opponent at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon shot 48.1 percent in the game, including a 7-of-11 showing from beyond the arc.
Piling up points has been a real strength for Oregon. The Ducks are putting in 77.0 points per game and shooting 46.8 percent from the field, which are each the second best marks in the Pac-12. The Ducks actually lead the conference in rebounds (40.3 pg) and have a nearly a +10 advantage on the glass for the season. On the defensive end the Ducks have played well, limiting teams to 61.1 points per game on just 38.8 percent shooting. Five different players are scoring in double figures, including four starters. Damyean Dotson (11.6 ppg) is the top scorer. Tony Woods (10.7 ppg) has been scoring well from the interior. E.J. Singler (10.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg), 2.9 apg) gives the Ducks a versatile option at forward with his ability to stretch the floor.
A handful of some of the best players in the conference will be matching up in this game. Although Oregon might be at risk of suffering a let down after the huge win against Arizona, the Ducks should be able to ride their homecourt advantage to yet another win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon 77, Arizona State 74
01/13 10:31:46 ET