Oregon 78// USC 66
7:05 – For the game Oregon had 16 steals on the Trojans led by Joseph Young with six of them. Oregon gets the victory. Postgame report up shortly.
6:51p- Young is 9 for 9 from the free throw line tonight. He has made 59 of 61 on the season. Oregon has a 22-9 edge off the bench.
6:35p Oregon with a 10 point lead. USC with two field goals in fourteen possessions. Under to to go.
6:27 Oregon’s Defense has awoken the crowd. Oregon with a lead 53-44. Ducks on a 19-6 run to start the 2nd half. Oregon has forced 17 turnovers on USC tonight.
6:20p A Moser slam and a Young three gave the Ducks a slim lead but USC is fighting right back.
6:12p- Oregon off to a much better start in the second half. Game is tied at 42. Two steals on two possessions for Oregon.
5:52p – Halftime at MKA. Oregon paced by Joseph Young(12) and Mike Moser(7). Ducks have nine steals in the game, but USC leads the rebounding battle 21-11. Calliste tried a three in the final seconds of the first half and was knocked down – no foul was called. Oregon down 4 at the break.
5:45p – Oregon can’t seem to get any momentum going on offense. Oregon is focusing on outside shots, USC getting a good deal in the paint. Trojans on an 11-3 run. Young had a nice basket followed by a slam by USC on the other end. Ducks down one 33-32 at the 2 minute timeout.
5:35p- Calliste drained a three to give Oregon the lead, the ball went several directions at USC’s end before an Oregon foul putting DJ Hailey at the line for the Trojans, missed the first and hit the second. Oregon with a 3 point lead (Dotson 2)
5:25pm Dotson is stuggling, Young is on fire so far with 7 points and 4 steals. Oregon Down 14-13 at a timeout.
5:21 Oregon takes the lead on a Joseph Young shot (and foul for 1) Young with 7 and four steals to pace the Ducks.
5:16p Loyd, Calliste, and Cook in for Oregon. Ducks turnover to start after the timeout.
5:!0pm Not a good start for the Ducks – took over two minutes of clock for them to score a field goal(Ben Carter), Artis os 0-3 USC leads 4-2. Young just fouled – made two shots, tied at 4.
5:00pm Player Intros Oregon Starters vs USC: Moser, Carter, Dotson, Young, Artis
4:35 – Oregon Alum Phil Knight has arrived as they ‘Phil It Up’ tonight for the game vs USC. Every fan in attendance receives a Phil Knight Bobblehead. Former Coach Ernie Kent also in the house to be a part of the broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. We’re 20 minutes from tipoff.
4:00pm Doors just opened for the public and they are rolling in with Phil Knight bobbleheads. Should be a good one tonight at MKA. Ducks need this one.
Unlike the Oregon Women who have won three games in a row, the Oregon Men’s team is not where they want to be right now. The game against UCLA was the key to saving their season. Had they now lost 70-68 the Ducks would have been two games out of second place in the Pac-12 Conference. As it stands Dana Altman and Oregon are now in 10th place in the Conference. The team the face on Saturday is the 11th place team – The USC Trojans.
The Trojans fell to Oregon State by a point in Overtime on Thursday night. USC is 1-7 in the Pac-12 Conference averaging 72 points per game this season. They have lost two in a row, both in Overtime. Oregon has lost three in a row – the first time they have been on the losing end for three straight at Matthew Knight Arena. A victory on Saturday could be a start to something special, if they can pull off what seems like the impossible right now. Andrew Greif from the Oregonian believes that the Ducks will need to go on what may seem an insane 10 game winning streak for a shot at the NCAA Tournament. I actually believe him, if you look at the history. The Ducks have no easy task following Saturday as they head to Tucson to take on #1 Arizona next week.
The Ducks look to start that streak today, on a day where the fans will receive a gift on the celebration of Phil Knight’s Birthday. Everyone who attends the game will get a Phil Knight Bobblehead. The Ducks will also honor the 2013 Football team. Tip time is 5pm. Our coverage starts at 4.