After several months of trying to iron out a schedule, several tournaments cancelled, and their home opener postponed last week, Oregon Basketball will finally play two road games this week.
Last week the Ducks tried to scramble to find a weekend game but were unable to. On Monday it was announced they will travel to Omaha, Nebraska this week to face Missouri and Seton Hall. Both games will be televised by Fox Sports 1. With the pandemic and it’s protocols and restrictions, Oregon postponed their home opener last Wednesday and decided they would not travel to Connecticut to take part in ‘Bubbleville’.
The first game of the regular season will take place, now, on December 2nd, which is the latest start for Oregon Basketball in 51 years. Despite going 274 days between games, Head Coach Dana Altman will have his team ready to play.
The Ducks have not faced the Missouri Tigers since Altman’s first season as Head Coach. It was 2010, and Missouri came away with a win at McArthur Court. Last season, the Tigers finished with a losing record at 15-16. Seton Hall, on the other hand, has not only been showing improvement but also has faced Oregon more recently. The Ducks and Pirates met last November in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Oregon rallied from 19 points down to win 71-69 over then 13th ranked Seton Hall.
Both games will be played at CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. It was previously known as Centurylink Center and hosted Oregon in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
For Oregon, Chris Duarte will be the one to watch. His finger injury last season just a handful of games into the season had a big effect on his production. He hit double figures in 18 of the last 23 games of the season and is primed to start strong this season.
Oregon and Missouri tipoff Wednesday night at 6 pm Pacific Time on Fox Sports 1.