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Oregon Basketball

Preview: Oregon Men's Basketball vs Boise State

November 8, 2019

Oregon takes on the 1-0 Boise State Broncos at 8 p.m. Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena. The game will be available on the Pac-12 Network.

Boise State heads into this match-up feeling confident after a whipping of Life Pacific by 77 points. Sure, Life Pacific isn’t exactly a basketball powerhouse, but it’s always impressive to win by such a large margin.

In its opener, Oregon was able to take care of Fresno State 71-57. However, it shot just 1 of 13 from 3-point range. Oregon will look to improve on that key stat against a Boise State team that is able to put up points.

Here’s a few players to know heading into this match-up.

Derrick Alston Jr.

The 6-9, 188-pound guard is a scoring machine. He led the Broncos in the season opener with 25 points; he also chipped in 5 rebounds and 4 assists. He hit four threes and didn’t turn the ball over once.

Alston provides quite a match-up problem with his length. It will be interesting to see how Oregon decides to play him. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chris Duarte get the assignment.

Justinian Jessup

The 6-7, 202-pound guard is another match-up problem for Oregon. Boise State has an incredibly tall starting lineup, and with Oregon running a zone they will have to be disciplined on defense.

Jessup dropped 19 points in the Broncos' opener, and he added 3 rebounds and 3 assists. He also hit 4 threes while adding 2 steals and 0 turnovers.

The question for Oregon will be if its defense is far enough along. Boise State has length at most positions, and it will look to move the ball quickly all over the floor.

The Broncos use their length to attack the rim; they shot a total of 29 free throws last game. It will be pivotal that Oregon knows its rotations in the zone and not allow guys to get behind them.

In other words, it's another solid test for Oregon to open the season. It will be important to see if the team has worked out the offensive issues that hampered point production in the first game.

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