Dillon Brooks' game-winner caps Oregon comeback in 68-65 win at Cal

Dillon Brooks' game-winner caps Oregon comeback in 68-65 win at Cal

No. 6 Oregon 68, California 65

How Oregon won: Oregon junior forward Dillon Brooks made a three-point basket from straight away with two tenths of a second remaining to give the Ducks a 68-65 win Wednesday night against California at Haas Pavillion in Berkeley, Calif.

The winning shot, which was very similar to the one Brooks made on Dec. 29 during an 89-87 win at home over UCLA, ended a furious late run by UO to steal a game the Ducks trailed most of the night. 

The Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12) trailed 20-7 with seven minutes remaining in the first half after making just 2 out of their first 15 shot attempts, including missing all seven three point attempts within the first 13 minutes.

Oregon trailed 30-16 at halftime after scoring a season-low for a half, and trailed 37-21 with 16:51 remaining in the game. 

The Ducks got to within 39-30 with 13:43 remaining but then fell behind 47-34 with 10:06 remaining in the game thanks to California continuing to apply defensive pressure and make timely shots to stem any UO attempts at making a run. 

Oregon finally began to truly chip away at its deficit minutes later before getting to within striking distance late as Cal (18-8, 9-5) began to crumble by committing critical late turnovers.  

What it means: The Ducks put pressure on Arizona (25-3, 14-1) to continue winning. The Wildcats host USC Thursday night. Arizona leads Oregon by one game in the Pac-12 standings, but the Ducks hold the head-to-head tie breaker. 

Key sequence: Oregon trailed 59-52 before senior guard Dylan Ennis and freshman guard Payton Pritchard hit back-to-back three-pointers to make the score 59-58 with 3:07 remaining.

A score inside by senior forward Chris Boucher off of an assist from Pritchard gave the Ducks a 62-61 lead with two minutes remaining.

Cal's Grant Mullins gave his team a brief one-point lead before Brooks hit a jumper to make it 64-63, UO with 58 seconds remaining.

UO guard Tyler Dorsey's two free throws gave the Ducks a 65-63 lead, but Cal answered with a jumper from Ivan Rabb that tied the game at 65 with seven seconds remaining.

That led to the Brooks' heroics. 

High flying Ducks: Brooks had a game-high 22 points and Boucher scored 18 to go along with six rebounds off the bench. 

Oregon shot 46.3 percent from the field and made seven of its final 14 three-point attempts to get back into the game and win it. 

The Ducks committed just seven turnovers. 

Fowl play: Dorsey made just one of 8 shot attempts to finish with five points. Other than Boucher, the UO bench contributed zero scoring. 

Up next: Oregon continues its road trip Saturday at Stanford (13-13, 5-9) with a 3 p.m. tipoff.  

Preview: No. 6 Oregon at California

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Preview: No. 6 Oregon at California

Don’t be fooled by their record, the California Golden Bears (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12) are a scary team to play in Haas Pavilion. Of their 18-8 overall record, the Bears are 14-2 at home. The No. 6 Oregon Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12) have quite the challenge in front of them tomorrow night at 6 p.m. in Berkeley. 

The battle of the boards has been an issue for Oregon this season. California comes into this game as one of the top rebounding teams in the conference. In their last matchup back on January 19th, the Cal Bears out rebounded the Ducks 34 to 25. Of those 34 Bears rebounds, 19 came from the offense. However, Oregon coming off a dominant rebound performance against Colorado (another top rebounding team in the conference), proved that the Ducks can fight for boards from every position, including guard play. 

Four Ducks scored in double digits back in January: Bell lead all scores (26 points), Dorsey (16 points), Benson (15 points), and Brooks (10 points). Oregon made a collective nine three’s in the first half alone. Junior forward Jordan Bell’s performance was not only dominant on the offensive end, but he held Golden Bears sophomore forward Ivan Rabb to just four points. Rabb also found himself in foul trouble finishing with four. Rabb is currently averaging a double-double. Oregon’s other main concern, besides Rabb, is Golden Bears senior guard Jabari Bird, who accounted for 21 points, 15 of which from three-point range (five-of-nine). 

One other thing that has been a real challenge for Oregon this season is getting off to a good start on the road and maintaining that energy for 40 minutes. This could continue to be a concern as Oregon’s last three conference games are on the road: California, Stanford, and Oregon State.

Following the Ducks dominant performance over Colorado last Saturday, Oregon coach Dana Altman said, ”I didn't like our defensive energy early…We made a couple bad rotations which allowed them to have some good three's that they hit. So I didn't think we were very sharp to start the game... That's something that has really got to be a focus for us here going on the road, to finish three on the road."

A quick look at the game:

No. 6 Oregon at California

Where: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA

When: 6:00 p.m.

TV: ESPN2        

Records: Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12), Golden Bears (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12). 

Last outings: The Ducks dominated Colorado in their final home game of the season, 101-73, last Saturday. California lost 73-68 to Stanford at Stanford last Friday. 

Coaches: UO's Dana Altman (178-68 at Oregon, 588-311 Division I). California’s Cuonzo Martin (59-34 at California, 183-116 overall). 

Key Ducks: G Tyler Dorsey, 6-4, So., (13.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, .388 3PT%), G Dylan Ennis, 6-2, Sr., (11.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .396 3PT%), G Payton Pritchard, 6-2, Fr., (7.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg), F Jordan Bell, 6-9, Jr., (10.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.1 bpg), F Dillon Brooks, 6-7, Jr., (15.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, .433 3PT%), F Chris Boucher, 6-10, Sr., (12.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.7 bpg).

Key Bears: F Ivan Rabb, 6-11, So., (14.8 ppg, 10.7 rpg), G Charlie Moore, 5-11, Fr., (13.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg), G Jabari Bird, 6-6, Sr., (14.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg).

Notes: This week, Oregon has clinched a first round BYE for the Pac-12 tournament coming up in March…The Ducks have their final three games on the road, rounding out their home-win streak to 42…Cal is 14-2 at home this season. 

 

Oregon moves up to No. 6 in AP

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Oregon moves up to No. 6 in AP

After their last two home games this season, the now No. 6 Oregon Ducks moved up one spot in the AP polls this week. Oregon also jumped up one spot to No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches poll. Oregon still joins No. 4 Arizona and No. 5 UCLA as the only three teams representing the Pac-12 conference in the national rankings since week 10 (USC then ranked No. 25).

Conference standings remain the same as well with Arizona (25-3, 14-1 Pac-12) leading the way, followed by Oregon (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12), and then UCLA (24-3, 11-3 Pac-12).

Oregon rounds out the rest of the conference on the road at California on Thursday (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12 and currently sitting fourth in the league), at Stanford (13-13, 5-9 Pac-12) on Saturday and finishing at Oregon State (5-23, 1-14 Pac-12) for the second chapter of the Civil War this season on March 4th. 

One game to keep an eye on and set the DVR for is February 25th when Arizona hosts UCLA.

Revenge is sweet, 42-home win streak is sweeter. No. 7 Oregon tops Colorado 101-73

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Revenge is sweet, 42-home win streak is sweeter. No. 7 Oregon tops Colorado 101-73

How Oregon won: Both Oregon and Colorado had its own three-point contest today on this NBA All Star weekend. Neither team hesistated behind the arc and both teams found their rhythm. The Ducks went a perfect five for five from the three-point line to start the game before finally missing. But on this Oregon senior day, senior guard Dylan Ennis, playing in front of Ducks fans one last time, stepped up big time. The vocal leader on this team, Ennis dived after loose balls, rushed to help teammates up, dished out three assists, grabbed six rebounds and finished with 20 points. His performance, along with fellow canadian teammates senior forward Chris Boucher and junior forward Dillon Brooks, helped No. 7 Oregon get its revenge over Colorado with a 101-73 win earning the Ducks their 42 straight home win to close out their season at home. 

"Absolutely. I felt really good for Chris [Boucher], played with a lot of energy, lot of focus," said Oregon coach Dana Altman. "Dylan Ennis got it going on offensively in the first half. Wish we could have got Charlie [Noebel] a bucket there but other than that a lot of good things."

The canadian trio of Ennis, Boucher, and Brooks came alive today. Collectively, they accounted for 61 points of the team's 101, 16 of the team's 38 rebounds, and four assists. Oh, Canada! 

What it means: The Ducks got their revenge rematch over Colorado who defeated them earlier in the season in Boulder, CO. Getting revenge is great and all, but doing it in commanding fashion for the last time in front of Ducks fans at Matthew Knight Arena this season is sweeter. Oregon got its final win at home this season extending its current home-win streak to now 42, which leads the nation.

A big question coming into this game was how would Oregon respond to Colorado's ability to rebound on both sides of the court? The Ducks answered that question and won the rebounding battle 38 to 24, limiting the Buffs to just seven offensive rebounds part due to how effeiciently the Ducks guards rebounded. Ennis finished with six, sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey with four, and freshman guard Payton Pritchard with three. Oregon hits the road next to California, another team who is excellent on the boards and is currently sitting fourth in the Pac-12 conference. 

"The boards really changed around, we won by 14 on the boards, which I've been on the guys the last couple days with film and that, just to get on the boards," said Altman. "Thought it was everybody coming back. I thought the guards did a good job, you know coming back and getting involved. So, no I liked plus 14 on the boards is really a good sign."

Key sequence: With 8:57 left in the first half, Ennis subbed in with the score at 26-25 Ducks lead. Oregon went on a 9-2 run to extend its lead to 35-27 thanks to Ennis' sharp shooting from all areas of the court including drives to the hoop, lay-ins, jump shots, and three-pointers. The Ducks maintained this energy and followed their leader to a 45-32 lead at halftime. 

"I didn't like our defensive energy early. I don't think we took anything away, didn't seem like we were flying around and a step late on everything," said Altman. "We made a couple bad rotations which allowed them to have some good three's that they hit. So I didn't think we were very sharp to start the game... That's something that has really got to be a focus for us here going on the road, to finish three on the road."

Colorado finished the first half and started the second on a cold shooting streak, a complete 180 turnaround from how the Buffs started the game. Oregon took advantage of this. The Ducks shot a collective 58 percent from the field and 55 percent on 16-of-29 from three-point range. They used this energy and did not let up the rest of the game.

High flying Ducks: Brooks got off to a hot start creating plays for himself and finding good looks from the three-point line. He finished leading all scores with 23 points, three rebounds, and even lead the team in blocks with three. On senior day and in front of his family watching him play in-person for the second time ever, forward Chris Boucher finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks. Pritchard finished with 11 assists and added two steals.

Fowl play: Pritchard finished with three fouls and Boucher fouled out with 7:48 to go in the game. Boucher received a gigantic standing ovation on his way to the bench and pointed up to his family sitting in the section next to the bench.

Up next: No. 7 Oregon hits the road south to California to take on the Golden Bears (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12) at 6 p.m. next Wednesday. 

Will Oregon get revenge? Preview: Colorado at No. 7 Oregon

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Will Oregon get revenge? Preview: Colorado at No. 7 Oregon

Another tough test tomorrow for the Ducks. This game, however, has a bit more importance to it: Oregon is searching for its 42 straight home win, it’s senior day for forward Chris Boucher and guards Dylan Ennis and Charlie Noble, but more importantly, Oregon is seeking revenge. No. 7 Oregon (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12) hosts Colorado (16-11, 6-8 Pac-12) tomorrow at noon.

On January 28 of this year, Oregon was asked to do something never done before in the history of the program: win in Boulder, CO. The Ducks came up short…again. Colorado, lead by senior guard Derrick White’s 23 points and junior guard George King, the Buffs took down then No. 10 Oregon 74-65. The Ducks found loads of foul trouble and it was freshman guard Payton Pritchard that kept them somewhat in the game finishing with 19 points.

“We just got to play a lot better. We didn’t play very well,” said Oregon coach Dana Altman on the Ducks loss to Colorado. “Ball movement was awful, took a lot of bad shots, defensively our activity wasn’t very good. So again, I don’t want to take anything away from Colorado because they had much more energy than we did and they just flat beat us. So we’re going to have to play better in every facet of the game.”

Coming off a 79-61 rout over Utah at home last Thursday, Oregon struggled on rebounding and gave up 14 offensive rebounds and 19 second chance points to the Utes. Colorado is coming in as one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the conference. The Buffs rebound from all areas of the court including the guards. Buffs’ King is averaging 7.1 rebounds per game. Should be an interesting statistic to keep an eye on...

Happy senior day!

A quick look at the game:

No. 7 Oregon vs. Colorado

Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR

When: 12:00 p.m.

TV: FOX               

Records: Ducks (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12), Buffs (16-11, 6-8 Pac-12). 

Last outings: The Ducks routed Utah at home 79-61 for their 41st straight home win. Colorado finished strong at Oregon State, 60-52. 

Coaches: UO's Dana Altman (177-68 at Oregon, 587-311 Division I). Colorado’s Tad Boyle (146-91 at Colorado, 198-133 overall). 

Key Ducks: G Tyler Dorsey, 6-4, So., (13.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, .394 3PT%), G Dylan Ennis, 6-2, Sr., (10.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .392 3PT%), G Payton Pritchard, 6-2, Fr., (8.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg), F Jordan Bell, 6-9, Jr., (10.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg), F Dillon Brooks, 6-7, Jr., (14.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, .410 3PT%), F Chris Boucher, 6-10, Sr., (12.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.7 bpg).

Key Buffs: G Derrick White, 6-5, Sr., (17.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg), G George King, 6-6, Jr., (11.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg), G/F Xavier Johnson, 6-7, Sr., (14.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg), F Wesley Gordon, 6-9, Sr., (7.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg).

Notes: The Ducks searching for their 42 straight home win in their last home game of the season…It’s Oregon senior day for Chris Boucher, Dylan Ennis, and Charlie Noble…

No. 7 Oregon electrifies Utah... and not just by the uniforms...Ducks cruise to 79-61 win

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No. 7 Oregon electrifies Utah... and not just by the uniforms...Ducks cruise to 79-61 win

How Oregon won: The No. 7 Ducks started the game off the same as the color of their uniforms: energized. Oregon's offense caught Utah sleeping under the basket and took advantage of that space due to an injured Utah forward Kyle Kuzma, who was out for tonight's game due to an ankle sprain. The Ducks' ball movement improved thanks to freshman guard Payton Pritchard dishing out seven assists and finding the hot hands of sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey, junior forward Dillon Brooks, and junior forward Jordan Bell. Oregon (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12) rolled to a 79-61 victory over the Utes (17-9, 8-6 Pac-12) and earned its 41st straight home win.

"Well I thought, defensively, our activity was pretty good for the most part," said Oregon coach Dana Altman following the game. "We did hold them to 38 percent and if you take nine putbacks off that then we really did play well defensively.... 18 assists I though was pretty good, we had too many turnovers, we got sloppy, we left our feet a lot... but all in all it was a good win. And now we got a quick turn around, we play at noon on Saturday, so got to put this one behind us pretty quick and get ready for the next one."

Although Oregon won the rebounding battle 38 to 31, the Utes grabbed 14 offensive rebounds leading to 19 second-chance points. Yikes. This was even without 6-foot-9 forward Kuzma in the game. Oregon will have to clean this up with only one home game and three away games left before the Pac-12 Tournament. 

"That was a big disappointment," said Altman. "19 to 3 second chance points, usually with a number like that you don't win the game. With Colorado and Cal coming up, two best offensive rebounding teams in the league, very disappointing stat."

Defensively, besides the rebounding, Oregon looked solid and grabbed 31 defensive rebounds that lead to 14 fast break points. Bell and senior forward Chris Boucher showed why they are two of the nation's leading shot-blockers with eight of the team's 10 blocks. When the Ducks cause turnovers and push the tempo, this is where Oregon basketball thrives.    

What it means: In the last week alone, Oregon has struggle to maintain a lead. Against UCLA, the Ducks had a 19-point lead that slowly diminished. Not tonight. Oregon jumped to a quick 16-point lead at half and kept it this time. However, the Ducks did commit 13 turnovers and will need to clean this up. Thank goodness Utah had a poor night shooting from the field at just 38 percent.

Key sequence: Out of the half and with a 16-point lead, the Ducks continued to control the pace and rhythm of the game. They didn't take their foot off the gas once they had a double digit lead. With the score 41-25 at half, Oregon's 16-point lead quickly jumped to a 20-plus and stayed there until the end.  

High flying Ducks: Dorsey found his shot early and often to finish with 16 points on six-of-eleven shooting from the field. Brooks finished with 20 points on nine-for-13 shooting and another posterizing dunk. Bell finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks.  

Fowl play: It was a solid defensive effort with minimal fouling, but Dorsey and junior forward Kavell Bigby-Williams finished with three fouls each.

Up next: Oregon hosts Colorado (16-11, 6-8 Pac-12) at noon on Saturday. The Ducks lost  74-65 at Colorado on Jan. 28.

Boucher's mom in attendance for first time EVER. Preview: No. 7 Oregon vs. Utah

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Boucher's mom in attendance for first time EVER. Preview: No. 7 Oregon vs. Utah

It’s senior week down here in Eugene, OR and the last week playing in front of Matthew Knight Arena Ducks fans for forward Chris Boucher, guard Dylan Ennis, and guard Charlie Noebel. How will the Ducks respond to such an emotional time? We’ll find out at 6:05 p.m. tomorrow evening as No. 7 Oregon (22-4, 11-2 Pac-12) hosts Utah (17-8, 8-5 Pac-12).

“Well they’re still scoring a lot of points,” said Oregon coach Dana Altman. “Very good offensive team and really hurt us with the dribble-penetration so we’ll have to do a lot better job there. Very explosive team.”

It’s that time of the year to play teams twice.

Let’s rewind three weeks to Thursday, January 26th. Oregon came away with a 73-67 victory over the Utes in Salt Lake City. Although Oregon got the win, Utah’s big men, junior’s David Collette and Kyle Kuzma, had quite the impact under the basket. Kuzma nearly recorded a double-double finishing with 18 points and nine rebounds. He also went two-of-four from behind the arc, so he isn’t afraid to shoot the deep ball when given good looks. 

Boucher and Bell will have their hands full containing both Collette and Kuzma. However, Boucher will have some added energy because this will be the first game EVER that his mom will be in attendance for one of his basketball games. 

“I’m going to be happy to be capable to look at her, that’s really going to help me out,” said Boucher. “But I’m going to play the same way and bring what I have to do for the team.”

The Ducks will also seek to extend their home-win streak to 41 games.

A quick look at the game:

No. 7 Oregon vs. Utah

Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR

When: 6:05 p.m.

TV: ESPN

Records: Ducks (22-4, 11-2 Pac-12), Utes (17-8, 8-5 Pac-12). 

Last outings: The Ducks ended their road trip splitting the L.A. schools with a 81-70 win over the USC Trojans. Utah routed Washington at home 85-61. 

Coaches: UO's Dana Altman (176-68 at Oregon, 586-311 Division I). Utah’s Larry Krystkowiak (112-81 at Utah, 154-101 overall). 

Key Ducks: G Tyler Dorsey, 6-4, So., (13.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, .395 3PT%), G Dylan Ennis, 6-2, Sr., (10.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .392 3PT%), G Payton Pritchard, 6-2, Fr., (8.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg), F Jordan Bell, 6-9, Jr., (10.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg), F Dillon Brooks, 6-7, Jr., (14.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, .410 3PT%), F Chris Boucher, 6-10, Sr., (12.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.7 bpg).

Key Utes: F David Collette, 6-10, Jr., (14.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg), G Devon Daniels, 6-5, Fr., (10.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg), F Kyle Kuzma, 6-9, Jr., (15.7 ppg, 10.2 rpg), G Lorenzo Bonam, 6-4, Sr., (13.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg).

Notes: Jordan Bell is the only player in the Pac-12 ranked in the top 10 in rebounds (9th), blocks (4th) and steals (9th). He is also second in the league in fi eld goal percentage (.614)…The last three seasons, the Ducks are undefeated (17-0) after Valentines’ Day…The Ducks lead the nation at 6.9 blocks per game, and also lead the nation in total blocks with 179. Individually, Chris Boucher is 13th nationally in blocks per game (2.7), with Jordan Bell 38th (2.1 bpg).

Ducks drop two spots in AP to No. 7

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Ducks drop two spots in AP to No. 7

The previously ranked No. 5 Oregon Ducks (22-4, 11-2 Pac-12) fall two spots in the AP polls this week after splitting games in L.A. Oregon dropped to No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

The AP top ten also included No. 5 Arizona (23-3, 12-1 Pac-12) and No. 6 UCLA (23-3, 10-3). 

Pac-12 conference rankings look a little different. Arizona, UCLA, and Oregon have traded off national rankings throughout this entire season, but just looking at conference rankings, Arizona ranks first followed by Oregon and then UCLA.

The Ducks no longer face either of these teams, but mark your calendars for 5:15 p.m. on February 25th when Arizona hosts UCLA. 

Oregon returns home this week to host Utah (17-8, 8-5 Pac-12) on Thursday, and Colorado (15-11, 5-8 Pac-12) on Saturday.

No. 5 Oregon survives the USC heat with 81-70 win

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No. 5 Oregon survives the USC heat with 81-70 win

How Oregon won: What a complete turn of events from their first meeting back in December. What was then a 84-61 Oregon blowout over USC, is now a different story. No. 5 Oregon, coming off its second conference loss at UCLA last Thursday, both teams had a different look and feel. This was a battle. But No. 5 Oregon (22-4, 11-2 Pac-12) survived the USC heat with a 81-70 win over the Trojans (21-5, 8-5 Pac-12).

Foul trouble haunted the Ducks all night. Junior forward Dillon Brooks fouled out with 3:28 left to go in the game, Ducks only up 68-63. Brooks, who lead all Ducks scores with 21 points going 8-of-14 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range. 

Oregon would finish the game behind sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey, freshman guard Payton Pritchard, senior guard Dylan Ennis, junior forward Jordan Bell, and senior forward Chris Boucher with under three minutes to go and a three point lead. Dorsey found his shot. Finally. The sophomore guard came alive in the final two minutes draining two three’s and helping extend Oregon’s lead to 76-68 with under two minutes to go. 

What it means: This was a huge win for the Ducks, especially coming off a loss last Thursday. However, Oregon still has a lot to work on and it starts with ball movement, a common trend this season. The team had a cumulative 13 assists, 13 turnovers, and 19 fouls tonight. The Ducks will have to clean this up for the rest of conference play because they have quite the target on their back from Utah, Colorado, and California all coming up this month. 

But having four starters score in double digits doesn't hurt either.

Following practice last week in Eugene, Boucher said that Oregon's offense starts with their defense. Tonight, the Ducks capitalized 23 points off 16 USC turnovers. USC only had 12. 

Key sequence: With under three minutes to go, Dorsey stepped into big shots with big confidence. As Oregon thrived in the spotlight, USC crumbled. Dorsey's first three-pointer came in with 2:59 left to go and a now 71-65 Oregon lead. USC came down with a three-pointer on their own from sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright, who finished with 15 points. On the Ducks next possession, Bell scored a layup and Boatwright looked to answer again. But Ennis pulled down a huge defensive rebound, pushed the ball up court, and found Dorsey at his spot where he nailed another three to put Oregon up 76-68. The Ducks rode this cushion all the way to the buzzer. 

High flying Ducks: Brooks lead all scores with 21 points. Dorsey had a complete 180 after halftime and found his stroke in the second half. He finished with 19 points, and four-of-eight from downtown. Bell finished with a double-double on 12 points and 14 rebounds. 

Fowl play: Brooks, Dorsey, Bell, and Boucher each had two fouls in the first half, which forced them to play conservatively. Oregon’s 11-point lead mid-way through the first half, slowly diminished away. But Altman had to keep them in game because they were the only ones producing on the offensive end. Brooks fouled out with 3:28 left to go in the game.

Up next: The Ducks head back home to host Utah (17-8, 8-5 Pac-12) at 6 p.m. this Thursday.

Can Oregon bounce back? Preview: No. 5 Oregon at USC

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Can Oregon bounce back? Preview: No. 5 Oregon at USC

Yet another epic rematch and tough road test tonight for No. 5 Oregon. The Ducks, coming off their second conference loss to No. 10 UCLA last Thursday, need to put the past behind them if they want to come away with one win on this southern California road trip. Tonight will not be easy. Oregon takes on the USC Trojans in SoCal at 7:30 p.m. Here is what to watch out for: 

The last time these two schools met was back on Saturday, December in Eugene, OR. At the time, the Trojans were ranked No. 22, and the then ranked No. 21 Ducks got their second statement win of that week, 84-61 over the Trojans. But USC was missing a key component to both their offense and defense: sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright.

USC’s record in the Pac-12 conference is 8-4. Their four losses have come from Oregon, Cal, Utah, and Arizona. But more importantly, they only lost to Arizona by six and defeated UCLA two weeks ago at home by eight. The Trojans are on a bit of a hot streak and have some momentum heading into this revenge rematch against the Ducks tonight. 

Both teams are very different from when they first met back in December. 

A quick look at the game:

No. 5 Oregon vs. USC

Where: Galen Center, Los Angeles, Calif. 

When: 7:30 p.m.

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Records: Ducks (21-4, 10-2), Bruins (21-4, 8-4). 

Last outings: The Ducks failed to pick up a crucial road win at No. 10 UCLA last Thursday, losing to the Bruins 82-79. The Trojans kept Oregon State’s losing streak alive with a 92-66 home win over the Beavers.

Coaches: UO's Dana Altman (175-68 at Oregon, 585-311 Division I). USC’s Andy Enfield (65-58 at USC, 106-86 overall). 

Key Ducks: G Tyler Dorsey, 6-4, So., (12.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg), G Dylan Ennis, 6-2, Sr., (10.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .390 3PT%), G Payton Pritchard, 6-2, Fr., (8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg), F Jordan Bell, 6-9, Jr., (10.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.1 bpg), F Dillon Brooks, 6-7, Jr., (14.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg), F Chris Boucher, 6-10, Sr., (12.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.8 bpg).

Key Trojans: G Shaqquan Aaron, 6-7, R-So., (9.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.7 apg), G Elijah Stewart, 6-5, Jr., (13.7 apg, 4.8 ppg), G Jordan McLaughlin, 6-1 Jr., (13.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg), F Bennie Boatwright, 6-10, So., (13.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg), F Chimezie Metu, 6-11 So., (14.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg).

Notes: Ducks’ Jordan Bell is the only player in the Pac-12 ranked in the top 10 in rebounds (10th), blocks (4th), and steals (9th)…Oregon has held 20-of-25 opponents to under 70 points per game this season…