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Preview & Gamer: Oregon MBB vs OSU

February 26, 2020

Oregon hosts the Oregon State Beavers at 8 p.m. Thursday. The telecast is on ESPN2.

Oregon is 21-7, 10-5 in conference play, after beating Arizona in a wild overtime thriller last Saturday. The Ducks are tied for second in the Pac-12 standings with Colorado and UCLA, and they all trail Arizona State by just half a game.

The Ducks will be trying to stay perfect at the Matt, where they are 14-0 this season.

Oregon State is 15-12, 5-10 in conference. The Beavers, who are tied for 10th with Washington State, are on a three-game losing streak and are just 3-7 on the road.

That said, Oregon State has had Oregon’s number the past three match-ups, including a decisive home win earlier this month. It was a two-man show for Oregon in Corvallis, with Payton Pritchard and Chris Duarte combining for 27 points and the rest of the starters contributing just 17.

Oregon shot an uncharacteristic 40 percent from the field and had no rhythm on offense. Oregon State, on the other hand, had a balanced attack, with four players in double-figures.

Oregon needs to win out to have a chance at capturing the Pac-12 regular season championship and earning the coveted No. 1 seed for the Pac-12 Tournament. The Ducks will need a little help to get there, but red-hot Arizona State must travel to play both Los Angeles schools this weekend.

It also sounds as if Oregon will welcome N’Faly Dante back into this mix after the 5-star post missed the past nine games with a knee problem.

Any contribution from the 6-11 freshman would be welcome, as Oregon has really struggled in the paint at both ends of the court. Shakur Juiston is more of a pure power forward, but with Dante missing so much time the grad transfer was forced to play a lot of center.

If Dante can provide solid minutes and have a positive impact on the offense, it’ll help this team in so many ways. An effective Dante could elevate Oregon from a round-of-32 team to a Final Four hopeful.

I’ll be at the game and running the live gamer for you guys.

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