Pomeroy Rankings: 83rd Overall, 55th Offense, 132nd Defense
Best Win: 91-89 at Washington State (2OT)
Coach: Ernie Kent, 317-241, 228-161 at Oregon (13th season)
Last Season: Huskies won both meetings, 84-67 in Eugene and 103-84 in Seattle
Offensively Oregon is very much like Washington. They attack the offensive glass and take care of the ball better than people give them credit for. Unlike Washington, they get some production from shooting the three, and have a few players who you can't give any room to breathe on the perimeter. As a team the Ducks are shooting close to 38% from deep.
On defense the Ducks are much less impressive. They're often undisciplined and will allow their opponents to frequently get good looks at the basket, and give teams a lot of time at the charity stripe. They do tend to limit second chance opportunities though.
How to Beat Them:
The talent level on these two teams pretty equal, but the advantage that the Huskies have is that they're a little older and a lot more disciplined. Matthew Bryan-Amaning is going to need to keep up his key defensive play of late, and get some help from Tyreese Breshers, because when Michael Dunigan is motivated and not in foul trouble he can be a menace down low.
The Tajuan Porter vs. Isaiah Thomas matchup will be interesting to watch, and may decide who wins this one. They're opposite players (Thomas is a slasher, Porter a shooter), but both are prone to streaks, and when either gets hot their team is darn tough to beat. Porter is likely going to be hounded by Venoy Overton when they're on the floor at the same time, and the Ducks don't have a lockdown defender of that caliber.
As always, the Huskies will need Quincy Pondexter to be the best player on the floor to win comfortably.
Huskies win: 91-87
Huskies win: 84-73, 83% chance of a UW victory.
Viewing: 2:00 PM (Pacific Time) FSN, Bank of America Arena, Seattle WA