Chris Duarte left it all on the floor at Maples Pavilion.
The Oregon shooting guard looked like the Pac-12 Player of the Year as he scored 17 points over the final 10 minutes of Thursday’s 71-68 win over Stanford.
Duarte took advantage of Stanford with Oscar da Silva out for the game. The senior guard had active hands on defense, he showcased his advertised handle, and threw it down with a nasty dunk over the Cardinal that you have to see to believe.
Duarte finished the night with 24 points, three rebounds, two blocks, two steals and one assist as Oregon inches closer to winning its fourth Pac-12 title in six years. The Ducks (15-5, 10-4 Pac-12) have now won six of their last seven games.
“We have been playing hard the last couple of games,” Duarte said on the ESPNU Broadcast. “We know that we just got to bring the energy man...
While an Oregon win likely eroded Stanford’s postseason hopes for an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament, the Ducks are one step closer to the big dance. Oregon is now tied for second in the Pac-12 loss column after USC fell to Colorado 80-62.
With just four games left in regular-season play, Dana Altman’s squad is piping hot entering the postseason and is certain to be a force to be reckoned with in the coming weeks.
Oregon will look to keep its hot streak rolling on Saturday when it faces off against Cal (8-17, 3-15 Pac-12) at 1:00 p.m. in Berkeley, California.