Oregon (13-4) at Washington (11-8)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 23, 11 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000) -- Seattle, Washington.
Television: FS1. Home Record: Oregon 10-2, Washington 9-2. Away Record: Oregon
2-2, Washington 2-4. Neutral Record: Oregon 1-0, Washington 0-2. Conference
Record: Oregon 1-4, Washington 3-3. Series Record: Washington leads, 187-108.
GAME NOTES: The reeling Oregon Ducks will attempt to stop a four-game skid on
Thursday night, as they visit the Washington Huskies in a Pac-12 Conference
battle at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Since notching victories in their first 13 games this season, the Ducks have
fallen quite a bit, dropping to 13-4 after a 1-4 start in league play. Oregon,
which ranked as high as No. 10 in the national polls, is currently unranked
and out to improve upon its 2-2 road record. It will get another chance this
Sunday at Washington State.
The Huskies have also been struggling of late, with losses in back-to-back
games and three of the last five overall. Washington is 11-8 on the campaign,
which includes a 9-2 mark at home and an even 3-3 ledger against league foes.
It will host Oregon State next.
Oregon eliminated Washington from the Pac-12 Tournament last season by posting
an 80-77 victory. The win came after the Ducks swept the regular-season
series. However, Washington has won three of the previous four matchups and
leads the all-time series by a 187-108 count.
The Ducks are coming off an 80-72 setback against in-state rival Oregon State.
In the loss, Oregon connected on just 37.9 percent of its shots from the
field, while being outscored from beyond the arc (21-12) and at the free-throw
line (27-18). Jason Calliste scored 17 points off the bench, while no starter
finished in double figures.
The effort put forth by Oregon's starters was a discouraging one, as the
quintet combined to knock down only 7-of-35 shots from the floor. Joseph Young
(18 ppg), who is fifth in the conference in scoring, tied a season-low with
five points on 2-of-9 shooting, while Mike Moser (14.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg) tallied
eight points by connecting on only 3-of-15 attempts from the field. Calliste
(11.2 ppg) is the fourth member of the team averaging in double figures, while
Damyean Dotson (11.2 ppg) is another starter who under-performed against the
Washington lost to Stanford, 79-67, last time out, as the Huskies allowed the
Cardinal to shoot 54.2 percent from the floor, while being outscored 24-6 at
free-throw line. Nigel Williams-Goss tallied 17 points, seven rebounds and six
assists in the losing effort.
Just as Young struggled for Oregon, Washington's leading scorer, C.J. Wilcox
(19.7 ppg), had a tough outing against Stanford. Wilcox connected on only 4-
of-13 shots from the field and finished with nine points. It was the first
time this season he had failed to score in double figures. Andrew Andrews
(12.6 ppg) and Williams-Goss (12.3 ppg, 4.2 apg) serve as the next scoring
options, although Andrews is only shooting 37.3 percent from the field. Perris
Blackwell (10.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg) performs well from his spot in the frontcourt.
Washington has not been the most consistent team this season. However, the
Huskies have shown resiliency, especially at home. Until Oregon can prove it
has shaken off its current funk, it is difficult to envision the team picking
up a win on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Washington 77, Oregon 74
01/23 10:20:35 ET
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