Tonight marks part one in a two-part Civil War series between the No. 4 Oregon Ducks (15-2, 5-1 Pac-12) and No. 7 Oregon State Beavers (16-2, 4-2 Pac-12). The first of a two-game series between the Ducks and Beavers tips off tonight at 7 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena. Part two will tip off 40 hours later and 45 minutes North in Corvallis at Gill Coliseum at 1 p.m. (PT).
Two games separated by less than 48 hours. Two teams separated by 45 minutes of one another. Both teams ranked inside the Top-10. A Civil War weekend series that will have major implications in national rankings, Pac-12 conference standings as well as future NCAA tourney seeding. This should be a good one.
Below you’ll find a list of Civil War historical facts, how each team has earned its ranking as well as specific matchups to watch this weekend.
- Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck is 15-3 all-time against the Ducks.
- Last year, the Civil War series was split with each team winning on their respected home court.
- Sabrina Ionescu is one assist away from becoming the Pac-12 leader in assists.
- Mikayla Pivec leads the Pac-12 conference in rebounds per game (9.6).
- The Beavers are averaging 5.4 blocks per game.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
POINTS PER GAME:
Oregon - 87.5
Oregon State - 71.4
ASSISTS PER GAME
Oregon - 21.5
Oregon State - 18.3
REBOUNDS PER GAME
Oregon - 11.3
Oregon State - 13.4
OPPOSING POINTS PER GAME
Oregon - 56.5
Oregon State - 53.4
It started with an empathetic win over Team USA. You knew Oregon was going to be good coming into this season, but a win over the best professionals in women’s basketball? That’s pretty impressive. The Ducks went 10-1 in non-conference play and their only loss came to top-10 opponent Louisville on neutral grounds.
Oregon out-scored its opponents 192-110 this past weekend including a 32-point win over the No. 3 Stanford and then a 50-point win over Cal.
Started off this season with a perfect 15-0 record, the best start ever in program history. These past few weeks, the Beavers have been tested and have now lost two conference games: an eight-point loss at Arizona State and a three-point loss to then to top-10 ranked Stanford.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Sabrina Ionescu and Minyon Moore vs. Destiny Slocum and Mikayla Pivec
This guard matchup will feature four of the top guards in the nation. The Ducks love to push the pace with Moore and Ionescu. These two have played once before for the Cal Stars, an AAU team in California. Moore and Pivec have similar styles of play in regards to pushing the pace and not being afraid of contact. One key that Oregon must do when guarding Pivec is limit her rebounds. Pivec currently leads the Pac-12 conference in rebounds and she does it from the guard spot. Ionescu and Slocum are also similar in terms of knowing how to score, choosing your shots wisely and the ability to take over games.
Ruthy Hebard and Erin Boley vs. Taylor Jones and Kennedy Brown
How this forward play turns out may decide how the rest of the game plays out. The Beavers have two outstanding freshmen forwards in Jones (6-foot-4) and Brown (6-foot-2) that will be a problem for the rest of the Pac-12 for the foreseeable future. Both are a tough matchup in terms of rebounding while Brown also has the capability of hitting the outside shot. Senior Ruthy Hebard brings her own dynamic play down low and holds the third best field-goal percentage in the nation (68.5).
WHO: No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 7 Oregon State
WHEN: Friday night, 7 p.m. (PT)
WHERE: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
TV: Pac-12 Networks
RADIO: Oregon Sports Network