February 16, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal guard Gabriel Harris (23) talks with guard Chasson Randle (5) during a timeout against the UCLA Bruins in the first half at the Maples Pavilion. The Bruins defeated the Cardinal 88-80. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Stanford(16-11, 7-7 Pac 12) comes to Eugene to face Oregon on Saturday night looking to pad their post season resume. The Cardinal are on the outside looking in at a post season invite. In their way is a team that scored the least amount of points all season on Thursday against Cal. The Ducks shot 26 percent from the field.
The Cardinal blew out the Ducks 76-52 back on January 30th, that was the second game without Freshman Dominic Artis in the lineup due to a foot injury. Oregon is now 3-4 without their talented Freshman Point Guard and the second half of the Pac 12 season has seemed to begin unraveling before their very eyes. It is not known when Artis will return, but with four games to play, including Saturday against Stanford, Oregon needs to do some resume padding of it’s own.
Regardless of the outcome vs Stanford, the Oregon Ducks(21-6, 10-4 Pac 12) will likely fall out of the Top 25, unless they dismantle the Cardinal altogether. Some bright spots for the Ducks are the play of Senior Arsalan Kazemi who pulled down 18 rebounds on Thursday night and Junior Johnathan Loyd had 5 steals vs Cal. Oregon had a 5 point lead at the half, and only four turnovers to that point.
Can the Ducks put together a complete game effort on both sides of the ball when it’s needed? We’ll find out Saturday night. (8pm, Pac 12 Networks)
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Justin Phillips is Sports Reporter for Newsradio 1120 KPNW in Eugene, Oregon