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Oregon Ducks MBB to open 2020-21 season against Missouri and Seton Hall

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After the No. 22 Oregon Ducks (0-0) season opener against Eastern Washington was canceled, it was unclear when Ducks fans would get its first look at the 2020-21 team. 

Now, we know. 

Per New York Post Seton Hall reporter Zach Braziller, Oregon will travel to Omaha on Friday, December 4th to play Seton Hall (0-1) in a non-conference game set to tip-off at 6:00 p.m. PT. 

Oregon later announced the team will play Missouri on Wednesday, December 2nd at 6:00 p.m. PT at the CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska as well. 

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Last season, Oregon played Seton Hall during the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament and defeated the Pirates 71-69 to advance in the tournament. Seton Hall finished the 2019-20 campaign 21-9. 

Now, Seton Hall is without Myles Powell who signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Knicks this month. He was named the Big East Player of the Year and was a consensus First Team All-American, having averaged 21.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.

Oregon will be replacing a First Team All-American of its own - Payton Pritchard, who was drafted 26th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.

So far this season, Seton Hall has lost its only game played, a 71-70 heart-breaker to Louisville in the Wade Houston Tip-Off Classic. Takal Molson missed a game-tying free-throw with 0.7 seconds left to lose in regulation.

 

However, Pirates coach Kevin Willard loved his team's performance.

“I’m ecstatic,” Pirates coach Kevin Willard said per nj.com. “I looked up with four minutes to go and we were only down three. If you had told me that we’d get three practices and you go play against a very well-coached Louisville team and you’re going to be able to stay in the game and have a chance to win and have a shot at the rim to take the lead, I would’ve done it.

“I’m proud of these guys, they battled. We gotta get better, we gotta get some practices and some games, and this team’s gonna get there.”

It'll be a game worth tuning into, for sure.