Records: Oregon (19-12, 10-8 Pac-12), Washington State (11-20, 4-16)
Why watch? Oregon enters the Pac-12 Tournament on a four-game winning streak. The Ducks need to win four more in as many days to be Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament champions and earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
In the regular-season finale, the Ducks beat one-seed Washington (plus spoiled UW’s perfect home season record) and proved they can beat anyone. Since any team can get hot in the tournament… Why not Oregon?
Déjà vu: Six-seeded Oregon faces 11-seeded Washington State in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament and the winner will face third-seeded Utah in the quarterfinals on Thursday night. The Ducks played this exact path last season, beating the Cougars in overtime to face the Utes.
In regular season: Oregon swept the regular-season series vs. WSU; a 78-58 victory in January at home and a 72-61 win last week at Pullman.
Numbers to know: Washington State is looking for its first Pac-12 tournament win since 2009. WSU has never won a conference tournament game when seeded ninth or worse.
Vegas, Baby: No one has won more Pac-12 tournament games in Las Vegas than Oregon. The Ducks are 13-4 in Las Vegas with two championships (2013, 2016), four title game appearances and five semifinal appearances. Arizona also has 13 wins.
Oregon’s defense is surging: For the first time in the shot clock era (1985-86 to present), Oregon has held four-consecutive opponents to less than 62 points.
When Payton Pritchard goes, the Ducks go: In the last five games, the junior has scored in double figures with 25 assists and 15 steals.
Paul White picks it up vs. WSU: The senior posted a career-high 21 points in Oregon’s March 6 victory over Washington State. White scored four three-pointers and had a team-best six rebounds.
Louis King, who was just named to the All-Pac-12 Freshman team, has scored in double figures in all but two Pac-12 games. The 6-foot-9 forward is the No. 2 freshman scorer in Pac-12 games, averaging 14.5 points per game.
Cougars to keep an eye on
The 2018 Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year, senior Robert Franks, leads the Cougars this season with a team and Pac-12 best, 22.1 points, which ranks 18th in the country.
Franks went big on senior day vs. Oregon State; career-high 37 points on 10-for-19 from the field and 8-for-13 from 3-point range.
Freshman CJ Elleby is the only other Cougar averaging double-figure points with 14.9 points per game, 11th-best in the Pac-12, and the second-most among Pac-12 freshmen.
How and where to watch
Time: Wednesday, March 13, 8:41 p.m
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: Pac-12 Networks