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Oregon Basketball

Preview: Boise State

December 28, 2018

The Oregon Ducks will travel to Idaho to cap off their nonconference schedule with a rare same-season rematch against Boise State.

Earlier in December, when these two teams first faced off, the Ducks came out victorious, 66-54. But a lot has changed in the two weeks since then. Not only will the Ducks not have Bol Bol (left foot), but they will also be without Abu Kigab (ankle) and Kenny Wooten (jaw). 

That means that all the healthy Ducks are going to have to step up, but especially Payton Pritchard, Paul White, Miles Norris and Francis Okoro. 

Pritchard and White are the leaders of this team, so when two of the Ducks' most dynamic players are sidelined they are the ones that need to step up and keep the team on level ground.

In the last meeting, Pritchard had a strong outing with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist. In this game, I’d like to see Pritchard really improve those assist numbers, because a point guard with 1 assist is troubling.

Norris and Okoro will undoubtably get a significant bump in minutes as wellbecause of the injuries to Wooten and Kigab

The best starting lineup for this game in my opinion would look something like: Pritchard, Lou King, Victor Bailey Jr., White and Okoro. I’m not a big fan of White being in the starting lineup, but at this point the Ducks don’t have a lot of frontcourt options.

Since their loss in Eugene, the Boise State Broncos have split games -- losing to Loyola Marymount University but beating Pacific University.

The win over the Pacific Tigers was a big one for the Broncos, who had had lost two straight road games. RJ Williams had a big performance with 17 points and 8 rebounds, but it was Justinian Jessup that propelled the Broncos to the win.

Jessup had a game-high 20 points, with 12 of those coming from behind the arc. He acted as a spark for the Broncos from the first minutes of the game. 

The BSU rematch will be a good test for the Ducks, who will be playing a Broncos team that is coming off a big win and is inspired to not lose to the Ducks again this season.

The Ducks' last game was an ugly road loss to Baylor, and now with injuries mounting, they are looking to stop the bleeding. They were able to beat the Broncos without Bol once before, but without Wooten and Kigab it will be close.

I still have Oregon edging this one out, because I think the Ducks are still the more athletic and talented team. 

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