Oregon Basketball showed some grit in a low scoring game against Arizona. Chris Duarte hit the game-winning shot i the final seconds lifting Oregon to 12-4 on the season.
It was a big win on the road for the Ducks, taking the win in the end. Three scored in double figures led by Eugene Omoruyi who continues to impress this season.. He finished with 19 points shooting .500 from the floor making 7 of his 14 shots. LJ Figueroa showed off his three-point prowess hitting 3 of 4 from distance. oducks
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While Oregon shot 35 percent from three-point range Arizona was better hitting close to 40 percent. You would expect two teams having that kind of success to put up better than 130 points combined, but that was not the case. Oregon was better from the floor hitting 45 percent and holding Arizona to 39 percent.
Both teams won the turnover battle. Anytime you can stay at 10 or below for the game, it is a win. The Ducks had 10 turnovers. The Arizona Wildcats were more disciplined committing just 6 in the game. The limited turnovers led to both teams having a chance for the win in the end. Chris Duarte, the Ducks leading scorer hit the game-winner with just 17 seconds remaining to take Oregon to a 7-3 record in the Pac-12.
The victory puts Oregon in third place on the Pac-12. In the very strange season, they are one of two teams with three losses. UCLA is 10-3,, but has played more games than Oregon due to COVID-19 protocols. The USC Trojans currently lead the Pac-12 at 11-2 and 17-3 overall.
Oregon Basketball still has three postponed game to make up, including two against the UCLA Bruins. That makes eight games remaining for the Ducks before the end of the season on March 6th. As far as if this is an NCAA Tournament team this season, I believe they are. Of course, wins down the stretch will go further in determining where they will be seeded.
The Ducks return to the court on Thursday facing Colorado at home. Tipoff is set for 8 pm Pacific Time on ESPN2.