Oregon Basketball: Ducks For Consistency To Continue vs Stanford

Kenny Wooten handles the ball during a timeout vs California.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports
Kenny Wooten handles the ball during a timeout vs California.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports /

Oregon Ducks face another challenge with a Stanford Cardinal team looking for relevance.

The Oregon Ducks took a step forward on Wednesday night, beating the worst team in the Pac-12. Payton Pritchard had the second double-double of his career and Paul White scored in double digits. It has been an up and down season for both the Ducks and the Cardinal. Both teams are looking for a win that can help them remain relevant the rest of the Pac-12 season.

For the Oregon Ducks, Louis King has been impressive this season. The Freshman has scored in double figures in all but one Pac-12 game this season. He has shown the ability to drive to the basket and create his own shot. He is averaging over 15 points per game in Pac-12 play. While Oregon has key Pac-12 wins against Arizona and Utah, Stanford has beaten Arizona State and Colorado.

The Cardinal are led by Sophomore KZ Okpala who leads the team averaging over 17 points per game. He is also pulling down 6 rebounds per game this season.

Oregon is averaging 5 more points per game this season than Stanford. The Cardinal are pulling down two more rebounds per game this season and have a slight advantage. It will again be ball control and consistency for Oregon that will be the story of the game. Shot selection will be important and a fast start will only help the Ducks.

Will Richardson could be the name to watch for Oregon. Richardson has played well over the last three games. He helped lead the team to a win at Utah, a victory which was the first in Salt Lake City for Oregon. While Richardson is averaging just 7 points per game, he can get inside and also make the shot outside.

The Oregon Ducks and Stanford Cardinal tipoff at 5 pm Pacific Time on ESPN2 from Matthew Knight Area