Oregon Ducks defeat Cal, sweep Bay Area road trip for first time since 2017


The Oregon Ducks are peaking at the right time.

Oregon (16-5, 11-4) swept the Bay Area road trip for the first time since 2017 after defeating California (8-19, 3-17), 74-63 Saturday afternoon in Berkeley.

Eugene Omoruyi led the Ducks with 21 points on 8-18 from the field and LJ Figueroa added 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in the win. 

Ryan Betley led the Golden Bears with 13 points. 

The win clinches a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament for the Ducks and keeps its Pac-12 regular-season title hopes alive. 

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Here are the key takeaways. 

The Good

LJ Figueroa had himself a game!

The St. Johns transfer had his best game in a Ducks uniform Saturday, scoring a season-high 20 points on 9-13 from the field and grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds. 

He also showed why he led the Big East in steals last season, getting five steals against Cal. 

The Bad

Letting Cal hang around.

Cal isn't even the best Cal in college basketball with Kentucky's head coach existing. This Golden Bears team is bad but Oregon let them hang around for far too long. Cal closed a seven-point halftime deficit early in the second half to trail 34-33 with the ball, but Ryan Betley's three-pointer rimmed out. Chris Duarte proceeded to hit a three-pointer ten seconds later. 


Even when the Ducks took a 19-point lead in the second half, Oregon took its foot off the gas allowing a 7-0 run in 1:16 causing Dana Altman to call a timeout. 

Relied too much on its starting lineup.

All five Ducks starters played over 30 minutes Saturday against the worst team in the Pac-12. The talented freshmen duo of Franck Kepnang and Jalen Terry played a combined four minutes. 

This is a rotation for the NCAA Tournament, not for the Golden "3-17 in Pac-12 play" Bears. 

The Highlight

Oregon moved the ball around well to get an easy lay-in.

The Stat

Oregon had nine steals and forced 11 Golden Bear turnovers overall leading to 27 Oregon points. 

The Next Game

Oregon hosts Arizona on Monday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. PT on ESPN2.