For the second time this season, Chris Duarte has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week.
.@chrisdu40618717 put up some crazy numbers against the LA schools to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the second time.— Oregon Men's Basketball (@OregonMBB) January 27, 2020
📊 27.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 7.0 steals per game.#GoDucks pic.twitter.com/uKz0pbFUka
Duarte’s historical performance on Thursday night vs. the visiting USC Trojans was nothing short of spectacular.
Offensively, he dominated. A 30-point night off 9-of-20 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range. But it was his defensive effort that was
Duarte nearly recorded a triple-double: 30 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals. The last player to do that was Niagara’s Alvin Young, who had 34 points, 11 rebounds and nine steals against Saint Peter’s on Jan. 30, 1999. According to GoDucks.com, the eight steals was the most by a Duck since Kenya Wilkins set the school record with nine against Boise State on Dec. 20, 1996. It was also the most steals by a Pac-12 player since 2015 (T.J. McConnell, Arizona).
Oregon went on to win in double overtime 79-70 over USC.
On Sunday against the visiting UCLA Bruins, Duarte picked up right where he left off. His hot-hand continued and recorded 24 points off 8-of-14 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point range. He pulled down six rebounds, six assists and added five steals. Oregon won handidly over UCLA, 96-75 at Matthew Knight Arena.
Over the weekend, Duarte averaged 27.0 points on 50 percent shooting and 54 percent from three-point range.
With the sweep of the L.A. schools, the Ducks now take the sole lead in the Pac-12 conference with a 17-4 overall record and 6-2 in the conference.