Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Oregon Rains Sixteen Three-Pointers On Arizona, Ducks Drop Wildcats

Oregon's Jordan Bell left Dillon Brooks and Dylan Ennis celebrate Oregon taking the lead as Arizona State's Torian Graham leaves the court for a timeout in the closing minutes of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday Feb. 2 2017 in Euge Oregon Rains Sixteen Three-Pointers On Arizona, Ducks Drop Wildcats
Theresa Hayes | 06 February, 2017, 03:23

Guard JaQuori McLaughlin had 10 points and six assists for the Beavers, who pulled within nine points at 58-49 on a 9-0 run midway through the second half but were never closer.

Well, it's still just two games, because 13th-ranked OR completely destroyed the Wildcats on Saturday. Only a handful of wins during the streak were by single digits.

Brooks hit Oregon's first two three-pointers, and Tyler Dorsey made the next two to help the Ducks take a 19-6 lead in the first 8 minutes. Trier, a sophomore, recently returned from a drug suspension and averages 14.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists. Eubanks' streak of 17 games with a block ended Thursday.

It was the fewest points OR had scored in a first half since early season losses to Baylor and Georgetown. It's rare to see a really good team be next-level wonderful against a top-five opponent, but OR was instinctively dominant.

Listen, sometimes you just get your butt handed to you.

This game will pit a Ducks team with the inside-outside shooting combo of Ruthy Hebard (seventh nationally with 65.5 field-goal percentage) and Lexi Bando (first nationally with 51 percent three-point field-goal percentage) against a Sun Devils pressure defense that ranks second in the Pac-12 in points allowed per game (55.5).

Oregon's invincibility at home, where it has won 39 straight games, will be tested by No. 5 Arizona. What can you do?

"I think a perspective is what's next".

"I thought we played a great game, we just couldn't score that well", Brunner said.

The Ducks have shown flashes of being the best in America. These two have yet to meet this season. Before the ASU game, OR was coming off a loss to Colorado.

The Ducks doing this came as a shock because you've gotta consider what's happened with this team as of late.

And yet, in the biggest game of their season, the Ducks put on their best showing.

The win was also vital to keeping Oregon's hopes at a No. 1 seed alive.

The win extended Oregon's home win streak to 40 games, and with Kansas losing to Iowa State, it is now the nation's longest win streak at home. Remember how this conference season began for Dana Altman's team? After another empty possession for the Wildcats, Chris Boucher hit the seventh three for OR to go up 27-11.

The Ducks' defense has been a big part of keeping pace as a borderline top-10 team all season.

It's amusing how we've nearly come full circle with Oregon.

After all, the Ducks are the defending Pac-12 champions, not the Wildcats. With 11 minutes left in the half, Jordan Bell tossed a lob to Chris Boucher in transition and Boucher in transition and Boucher slammed it home to push the OR lead to a game-high 37 points. "I expect a lot more from myself and from our group". Injuries have kept him from that, but no matter.

National Basketball Association scouts from four different teams showed up to Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday, nearly certainly to watch Arizona 7-foot standout Lauri Markkanen.