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Oregon Basketball

Preview & Gamer: MBB vs Colorado

February 13, 2020
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The 17th-ranked Oregon Ducks host 16th-ranked Colorado at 6 p.m. Thursday. The game will on ESPN.

Oregon comes in 18-6 overall, 7-4 in conference play. The Ducks are one game behind Colorado for first place in the Pac-12.

Colorado is 19-5 overall, 8-3 in conference and on a three-game winning streak. The Buffs are 7-3 on the road.

Oregon has yet to lose a game at home this season. Colorado is the highest-ranked team that will play at Matthew Knight Arena in 2019-20.

Colorado bested Oregon in Boulder, 74-65, despite Payton Pritchard's 21 points and 6 rebounds. Chris Duarte had 10 points, but he shot only 30% from the field. Outside of those two, no player scored in double digits.

Colorado isn’t the most athletic team, but the Buffs are very experienced; four of the five starters are upperclassmen. They’re also really disciplined, and they deploy one of the better defenses in the Pac-12.

N’Faly Dante is still injured, and Dana Altman said it’s unlikely he'll be ready for this game. There hasn’t been an official statement on Francis Okoro, but team officials were hopeful he could be back in Eugene for the tip-off.

If Oregon wants to win the Pac-12 regular season title, a victory Thursday is crucial. A loss would leave the Ducks two games back with six to play – and without the head-to-head tie-breaker.

A win would be the Ducks' fifth top-25 victory. And it would keep them alive for a potential 2 or 3 seed in March Madness.

Altman-led teams are known for peaking at the end of the season; they usually suffer a head-scratching loss just before the team goes on a huge winning streak. Could the loss against the Beavers have been that launching point for Oregon?

 
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