Oregon did not play their best game against USC on Saturday, but did enough toward the end to pull away for a 78-63 victory. Richard Amardi fouled out midway through the second half with fouls on two consecutive plays, but Oregon found a way to prevail on the Trojans Senior Day. USC started two players that have played a minimum amount of minutes this season which may have been a good gesture being it was their final game at the Galen Center.
The Ducks found a way to get it done over the last two games in the Los Angeles area to pick up their twentieth win of the year. Oregon now has twenty wins for four straight seasons. The last time that happened was the 1936-1939 team who ended the season with a National Championship. It also brings Oregon back to .500 in the Pac-12 Conference after a horrible start. The Ducks could still end up among the Top 4 in the Pac-12 – of course I am speaking of seeding for the Pac-12 Tournament in a few weeks. The Top four seeds get a ‘bye’ and don’t have to play a Thursday game. What is more likely is a middle of the pack spot (4-8/9) Oregon needs to continue winning to increase their chances at playing in the NCAA Tournament. With the victory against UCLA their RPI moved up to 38. It should at least remain in the Top 40 with the victory over the Trojans.
Mike Moser again paced the Diucks with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Joseph Young added 16. Off the bench Jason Calliste hit all three three points attempts and ended with 13 points.
Dana Altman and company now return home to Matthew Knight Arena on a five game winning streak to face Arizona State on Tuesday(8pm, Pac-12 Network) and a Top 10 ranked Arizona team on Saturday(1pm, CBS).