Two days after Oregon Coach Kelly Graves’ birthday, No. 3 Oregon (13-2, 3-1 Pac-12) hosts No. 3 Stanford (15-1, 4-0 Pac-12) in what could be a preview of a Pac-12 tournament and NCAA tournament showdown later this season. Whenever these two programs face off on one another, there’s just a different feel to it.
Last season, the Ducks got the jump on the Cardinal with a 40 point victory at Maples Pavilion. Stanford would get their revenge with a 64-57 win over Oregon in the Pac-12 tournament title game.
Both Oregon and Stanford historically have proven to sign top recruiting classes, unmatched facilities and outstanding coaching.
Tonight, we get the first installment of this heated matchup this season.
Numbers to know:
POINTS PER GAME:
Oregon - 86.5
Stanford - 78.5
Oregon - 36.0
Stanford - 35.9
TWO STANFORD FRESHMEN TO WATCH:
Hannah Jump - the 6-foot freshman guard is only averaging 6.7 points per game, but is shooting lights out from beyond the arc at 47.6%. If you give her space, she will make you pay.
Haley Jones - The 6-foot-1, 3x Pac-12 Freshman of the Week guard is averaging 11.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Junior Kiana Williams, with her lightning quickness and fast-paced tempo, is having another great season under VanDerveer averaging 12.7 points and 3.7 assists per game.
The Stanford guard-play of Jones, junior Kiana Williams and sophomore Lexie Hull are averaging a combined 37.4 points per game.
They're just so smart — and that's not even a joke about the fact they go to Stanford," Ionescu said. "They're very smart. They know the scout religiously. They know every player's strengths, every player's weaknesses. We'll call out plays and they already know exactly what we're going to run. We're going to have to be able to battle and play our game. — senior guard Sabrina Ionescu
Slowing down the Cardinal guards will be key for Oregon’s success.
On the other end, senior Sabrina Ionescu recorded her 22nd career triple-double and senior Ruthy Hebard recorded her 47th career double-double last Sunday vs. the Arizona Wildcats. The Ducks are coming off a split weekend vs. the Arizona schools losing to Arizona State 72-66 and defeating then No. 18 Arizona 71-64.
Ionescu is Oregon’s all-time leader in assists and three-pointers made and is 25 points away from becoming Oregon’s all-time leader in scoring.
Coach Graves said the other day in practice that we haven’t even reached our full potential yet, nothing close to our full potential. When that does come around and we’re able to get everything together, I think it’s a scary sight. I’m excited for that. — senior guard Minyon Moore
Only time will tell if the Ducks will be celebrating once again tonight at Matthew Knight Arena.
Tip-off set for 6 p.m. (PT) in Eugene, OR.