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Oregon Basketball

Gamer: Oregon MBB vs. UCLA

March 3, 2021

Oregon (17-5, 12-4) is playing it’s best basketball of the season under Dana Altman, and is on the tail end of a rapid run of games. Fresh off an 80-69 win over Arizona on Monday, the team is right back at it with a huge home matchup against UCLA (17-6, 13-4).

The Ducks were scheduled to play the Bruins in late December and then again on January 28, but the game was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. Fast forward to March and the teams will now face for the first time this season. 

The Bruins are recovering from a 70-61 loss at the hands of a talented Colorado team. They however, are in a much different position than Oregon. Mick Cronin’s team is right at the top of the conference standings, but dropping three of its last eight games has UCLA at risk of letting the conference championship slip through its fingers. 

Sophomore guard Tyger Campbell has been in a groove with his teammates all season, and is second in conference with 5.6 assists per game, while forward Cody Riley has been a sharpshooter, shooting 56.1% from the field.

Chris Duarte continues to be a walking bucket for Oregon after pouring in a game high 22 points against the Wildcats. Eugene Omoruyi was another crucial piece with his 21 points, three 3-pointers, and four steals-- getting the Ducks running in transition and turning defense into offense. 

Much like the rest of the team, Will Richardson hinted that his best ball is yet to come and is looking more comfortable post thumb surgery. He scored 12 points on 3-7 shooting from 3-point land and chipped in 5 assists. 

The Ducks look to make it nine wins in 10 games Wednesday night. They face UCLA at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. 

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