Oregon Basketball struggled at times but were able to pull within 4 points down the stretch. Colorado was able to respond sending Oregon to their second loss of the season.
For the Colorado Buffaloes, most of this season has been played on the road. The game against Oregon was among their first real home games of the season and in typical Colorado fashion, they were able to extend the lead early in the second half by double digits and hold on for a seven-point win in the end.
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Chris Duarte did his best to keep Oregon in the game scoring 27 points. He finished 3 for 6 from three-point range and added four steals in the losing effort. The Oregon Ducks were 7 for 10 from the free-throw line. On the other side, Colorado hit 14 of 15 from the charity stripe and was a key in the winning effort
Earlier this week the first Net Rankings were released. The Net Rankings are key in helping to determine the NCAA Tournament field. Colorado was the highest-ranked team in the Pac-12 and with an 8-3 record still remain ranked highest in the conference. Following the game with Colorado, Oregon sits third behind the Buffaloes and Arizona.
Against the Buffaloes, Oregon shot better from both the floor and from distance. The Oregon Defense struggled most of the game allowing 12 fast break points. Colorado had four players score in double figures led by McKinley Wright with 21 points. He finished with a double double pulling down 10 rebounds and also had 5 assists. The Buffaloes held the lead for over 28 minutes.
Oregon Basketball continues the road trip and will visit Utah on Saturday to look for the road split.
Utah has been dealing with COVID-19 issues as their first game this week vs Oregon State has been postponed. Utah has not played a game since last weekend’s loss vs USC and will host Oregon on Saturday for a 6:30 pm Pacific Time tipoff on Pac-12 Network.