Oregon Knocks Out Oregon State with 46-6 Bench Advantage in 88-74 Win, UCLA next for Ducks in Pac-12 Tournament. Calliste Leads Ducks to Win.
Entering the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas on Wednesday the Ducks knew they would have to win four games in a row to possibly make the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks have played the last two months like their backs were against the wall and after a slow start and an 0-9 start from the field against the Beavers, Oregon’s bench got hot. Really hot. Led by Senior Jason Calliste Oregon had a 46-6 advantage from bench players. Calliste had 17, Dominic Artis picked up 10 and Ben Carter had 8 for the Ducks,
I believe that Oregon has done enough after last night to warrant a bid for the NCAA Tournament, but the bigger the winning streak the better chance at a higher seed at this point for the Ducks. Oregon shot 80 percent in the 2nd half against Oregon State, the best in any half this season. They will need that type of production for their next opponent in the Pac-12 Tournament – a full rostered UCLA team. Last month the Ducks beat the Bruins who were without two of their top scorers. The #2 seed will look to take care of #10 seed Oregon tonight. If Oregon can pull off the win it may just show the last win over UCLA had more validity than beating a team that was down key playmakers.
Oregon and UCLA tipoff from Las Vegas Thursday night at 6pm on the Pac-12 Networks.