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Oregon MBB vs Stanford: Preview & Gamer

March 7, 2020

Oregon hosts Stanford at 8 p.m. Saturday. The game is on Fox Sports 1.

Oregon is 23-7 overall, 12-5 in conference play. The Ducks, who are on a three-game winning streak, are 16-0 at MKA and looking to finish off the home schedule undefeated. Stanford is 20-10 overall, 9-8 in conference. The visitors are 4-5 on the road.

Stanford started out the year really hot, and it looked to be poised to make a run to the NCAA tournament. However, after a couple of injuries and some bad losses, Cardinal is probably on the outside looking in.

A win against Oregon, as well as a strong showing in the Pac-12 Tournament, could be enough to earn an at-large bid in the Big Dance.

The last time these teams faced off was in early February in Palo Alto, and Stanford beat Oregon 70-60. Will Richardson, Payton Pritchard and Chris Duarte combined for 47 of the Oregon points. The Ducks had almost zero production off the bench, and it cost them down the stretch as Stanford pulled away late.

Oregon will again be without Duarte, who finished the previous matchup with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. And Dana Altman will again be tasked with making up for his minutes with some unfamiliar lineups.

As I’m sure most of you know, earlier Saturday, USC stunned UCLA on a Jonah Matthews trey with a second remaining. That means Oregon just has to win to be outright Pac-12 regular season champions. If they lose, the Ducks will be co-champions with UCLA.

Regardless, Oregon will be the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. The Ducks will play at noon Thursday against the winner of the 8-9 game -- probably California or Utah.
There’s still a strong possibility Oregon can earn a 3 seed in the NCAA tournament if the dominoes fall the right way. The Ducks likely would need to win the next four games.

Most experts have Oregon pegged as a 4 seed. The only problem with being a 3 seed is Oregon might have to play in the South or East Regional. If they’re a 4 seed, there’s a strong chance they can be in the West.

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

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