TV: Pac12 Network
The Ducks are 3-3 without Artis, but even so, they find themselves back on top.
Thanks to UCLA and Arizona losing Thursday, Oregon has a single game advantage to sit first in the Pac-12 standings. And a win over last-ranked Washington State (11-14, 2-10)) today is a good start to staying there.
The Cougars come in a bit wounded, having lost five games in a row, while the Ducks look to be on the mend.
A source close to the program told me yesterday that Dominic Artis' foot isn't broken, it's just "a little tweak" and he "should be healthy soon."
While John Loyd will be playing through some pain after hyper-extending his knee in Wednesday's game, he is coming off a breakout performance against Washington, where he scored a season high eleven points-all in the second half.
COUGARS TO WATCH (stats from WSU Athletics)
Brock Motum leads the team with 18.0 points per game and 6.4 rebounds
Mike Ladd (missed Feb 13 game vs. OSU) is averaging 14.3 points (11th in the Pac-12) and 6.4 rebounds (17th in the Pac-12) in Pac-12 only action.
DaVonté Lacy is now averaging 10.6 points per game, having reached double figures in each of the last four games and 20-plus in two of the last three.
THE LAST MEETING
Ducks won 68-61 Mike Ladd had 19 points and Brock Motum scored 14 for the Cougars, but No. 16 Oregon rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat Washington State 68-61 on Wednesday night.
WHO'S LEADING THE DUCKS? (Stats from Oregon Athletics)
E.J Singler is second in scoring with 11.2 points per game, is just one win from having the most wins in Oregon basketball history.
Freshman guard Damyean Dotson leads the Ducks in scoring with 11.4 points per game.