For Oregon Basketball, Chris Duarte scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half leading the Ducks to a 71-68 win over Stanford on Thursday night.
After not showing up against USC earlier this week, Oregon found a way to get a gritty win over the Stanford Cardinal. While it was the Ducks’ second game in four days, which is typical, the road
ahead could be a little bumpier as the regular season winds down. Starting on Saturday, the Ducks will play four games in seven days, including makeup games with Arizona and UCLA both at Matthew Knight Arena on Monday and Wednesday next week
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Oregon won the turnover battle committing just 7 against Stanford. The Cardinal had just 10 for the game. The Ducks shot 42 percent from the floor led by Duarte who was 9 for 16. He also hit three shots from distance. On one sequence with the game in single digits, Duarte hit a three-pointer falling onto a table as Stanford hit a three on the other end. This was a game that really came down to the wire that both teams needed. A Stanford win may have put them into the NCAA Tournament, where the loss definitely hurts their chances.
For Oregon Basketball, the upcoming busy week will show a lot about this team. What we already know from past history is that Head Coach Dana Altman always has his team ready for games and the team has always gotten stronger toward the end of the season. The hope was that the start was at the beginning of the road trip vs USC, but that did not happen. That was a wake-up call.
Oregon has a big opportunity ahead, and also at home. Despite fans not being allowed to attend games due to the pandemic, being on your home floor still has an advantage. Oregon has one more out of state game this week before finishing the regular season in their home state.
The Ducks visit Berkeley on Saturday to take on the California Golden Bears. The game was moved to 1 pm and will be on Pac-12 Networks.