The Oregon Ducks take on the Washington Huskies tonight in Alaska Airlines Arena. Oregon and Washington previously met on January 26th in Matthew Knight Arena with the Ducks taking the game 81-76. After getting back on track with a win against Utah, Oregon faces a harder task in a hostile atmosphere.
The question of when Dominic Artis will suit up again remains, so Johnathan Loyd will need a big game to fuel the Ducks. In the previous meeting, Oregon allowed five Washington players to score in double digits, including C.J. Wilcox, who is currently averaging 17.7 points. The Ducks will need to play some tough “D” on Wilcox, and limit the other Huskies’ scoring. Tony Woods will have his hands full down low with 7-footer Aziz N’Diaye, who is averaging 10.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
Playing an away rivalry game, Oregon will need major leadership from their veterans, including E.J. Singler and Carlos Emory. Also, Arsalan Kazemi will need to crash the boards to counteract N’Diaye, and continue to stuff the stat sheet in all categories. Oregon will need to limit two things to get the win. They will need to limit Washington’s rebounding, and more importantly, will need limit their own turnovers, which have been a major problem in February.
To watch the game, tune in to ESPN2/WatchESPN at 8pm PST.