Oregon Basketball Heads To Washington State With Two Game Win Streak

Payton Pritchard looks for an outlet vs California.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports
Payton Pritchard looks for an outlet vs California.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports /

The Oregon Ducks head to Pullman with a two game winning streak and a chance to make a move in the Standings ahead of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Last weekend, Freshman played a big role in two wins over Arizona State and Arizona at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon held the Wildcats to just 20 points in the second half and Francis Okoro, Will Richardson, and Louis King led the charge over the weekend. Now, Oregon hits the road for the final two games of the regular season. Up first, Washington State.

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The Cougars are 11-18 and just 4-12 in the Pac-12 Conference. The key for the Oregon Ducks over these two games is to finish strong, something they did not do in over the past montha against another team in the Pac-12, UCLA. Oregon lost to the Bruins twice, once on their home floor in overtime.

Oregon came out against Arizona and Arizona State and finished both games strong, both games were Pac-12 wins, which with just two games left gives Oregon a very narrow path to a Top 4 finish for the Pac-12 Tournament. (The top four teams have a ‘bye’ in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament next week in Las Vegas)

The Oregon Ducks left on Wednesday for Pullman, playing later that night. Regardless of a Top 4 finish in the mix, Oregon has a more important factor in play this week. Momentum. Oregon needs to win in Pullman not only for confidence, but to also show they can win on the road, something that has not happened often enough this season, which means their postseason outlook for the NCAA Tournament is lacking some important pieces. Two wins on the road to end the season could help in a big way leading into the Pac-12 Tournament next week.

The Oregon Ducks and Washington State Cougars tipoff at 8 pm on Fox Sports 1.