The Oregon Ducks take on the Washington State Cougars tonight in Matthew Knight Arena. This will be the 284th meeting between the two teams with Oregon holding the edge 160-123.
Oregon has now taken the lone spot at the top of the conference with an unblemished 5-0 record in PAC-12 play. They look to extend their home winning streak to 13-0 on the season. After Oregon’s trip to L.A. they have moved up to No. 16 in the nation, the highest rating for the Ducks since 2007.
On paper, this game should not be too hard for Oregon to win. Washington State is 265th in points, 201st in rebounds, 272nd in assists, and 188th in field goal percentage per game. In contrast, Oregon is 34th in points, 24th in rebounds, 88th in assists, and 52nd in field goal percentage per game. With the Cougars being so low in rebounds per game and Oregon so high, this could be the stat that decides the game. If Oregon can continue their trend of out-rebounding teams and getting second chance points, they should have no problem.
Oregon will also have to shut down powerful Senior Brock Motum who currently averages 19.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. This job will mainly be left up to big men Tony Woods and Waverly Austin. Look for Oregon to use some zone defense to help those two cover Motum. Oregon, on the other hand, is far from a one man team with Damyean Dotson, E.J. Singler, Tony Woods, Dominic Artis, and Carlos Emory all averaging more than 10 points per game. Arsalan Kazemi is just behind them with 8.3 points and an astounding 9.6 rebounds per game.
To watch the game, tune in to the Pac-12 Network at 6:30 p.m. PST.