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Oregon Basketball

Oregon MBB Preview & Gamer vs Arizona

February 22, 2020

Oregon takes on Arizona in Tucson at 6 p.m. Saturday. The game is on ESPN.

Oregon is 20-7 overall, 9-5 in conference play. While they are undefeated at home, the Ducks haven’t fared well on the road, sporting a record of just 4-5.

Oregon is tied for fourth in the conference with UCLA, one game out of first with four to play. In early January, the Ducks beat the Wildcats 74-73 in a wild overtime game at Matt Court.

Arizona is 19-7 overall, 9-4 in conference. They’re 12-2 at home and on a three-game winning streak.

The Wildcats are tied for second in the conference with Arizona State. Colorado still sits atop the standings with a 10-4 record.

After losing Thursday in Tempe, the Ducks desperately need this road win to gain some momentum for the stretch run. Also, another Quadrant 1 win would give them seven on the season, with six over top-25 teams.

Additionally, Oregon is trying to stay alive for the Pac-12 regular season championship. Not only that, but there’s a real possibility that if the Ducks lose they could miss out on a first-round bye in Las Vegas.

Oregon won four games in four days last year to win the tournament, but you can't expect lightning to strike twice.

A loss also could drop the Ducks to a fifth – or even lower – seed, meaning they might have to play Arizona State or UCLA in the second round. If Oregon can climb back into second place, the quarterfinal draw would more likely be Stanford or California.

The status of N’Faly Dante, working his way back from a knee injury, remains unknown. It will be a story line to monitor leading up to tip-off.

I’ll be running the live gamer thread for you guys.


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