Yet another epic rematch and tough road test tonight for No. 5 Oregon. The Ducks, coming off their second conference loss to No. 10 UCLA last Thursday, need to put the past behind them if they want to come away with one win on this southern California road trip. Tonight will not be easy. Oregon takes on the USC Trojans in SoCal at 7:30 p.m. Here is what to watch out for:
The last time these two schools met was back on Saturday, December in Eugene, OR. At the time, the Trojans were ranked No. 22, and the then ranked No. 21 Ducks got their second statement win of that week, 84-61 over the Trojans. But USC was missing a key component to both their offense and defense: sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright.
USC’s record in the Pac-12 conference is 8-4. Their four losses have come from Oregon, Cal, Utah, and Arizona. But more importantly, they only lost to Arizona by six and defeated UCLA two weeks ago at home by eight. The Trojans are on a bit of a hot streak and have some momentum heading into this revenge rematch against the Ducks tonight.
Both teams are very different from when they first met back in December.
A quick look at the game:
No. 5 Oregon vs. USC
Where: Galen Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
When: 7:30 p.m.
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Records: Ducks (21-4, 10-2), Bruins (21-4, 8-4).
Last outings: The Ducks failed to pick up a crucial road win at No. 10 UCLA last Thursday, losing to the Bruins 82-79. The Trojans kept Oregon State’s losing streak alive with a 92-66 home win over the Beavers.
Coaches: UO's Dana Altman (175-68 at Oregon, 585-311 Division I). USC’s Andy Enfield (65-58 at USC, 106-86 overall).
Key Ducks: G Tyler Dorsey, 6-4, So., (12.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg), G Dylan Ennis, 6-2, Sr., (10.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .390 3PT%), G Payton Pritchard, 6-2, Fr., (8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg), F Jordan Bell, 6-9, Jr., (10.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.1 bpg), F Dillon Brooks, 6-7, Jr., (14.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg), F Chris Boucher, 6-10, Sr., (12.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.8 bpg).
Key Trojans: G Shaqquan Aaron, 6-7, R-So., (9.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.7 apg), G Elijah Stewart, 6-5, Jr., (13.7 apg, 4.8 ppg), G Jordan McLaughlin, 6-1 Jr., (13.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg), F Bennie Boatwright, 6-10, So., (13.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg), F Chimezie Metu, 6-11 So., (14.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg).
Notes: Ducks’ Jordan Bell is the only player in the Pac-12 ranked in the top 10 in rebounds (10th), blocks (4th), and steals (9th)…Oregon has held 20-of-25 opponents to under 70 points per game this season…