Oregon basketball earned its sixth straight win on Sunday night, beating the Washington Huskies to get to 5-2 in the Pac-12.
Washington came into Sunday’s game 4-2 in conference play and was no match for Oregon basketball from the start.
Washington opened the game with a basket then went on a six-minute scoring drought allowing the Ducks to begin to build a 13-2 lead. It was pretty much over at that point. Washington went on to commit 23 turnovers in the game. They also shot just 20 percent as a team from three-point range.
On the other side, Oregon hit 50 percent from both the floor and three-point range in a historic 84-56 win. The victory now has Oregon at 5-2 in the Pac-12 after a less than stellar non-conference record. Following their wins over two top-five teams on the road at UCLA and USC last week, the Ducks have found some big-time momentum as they head toward the final month of the regular season.
It has been said before that this team will only go as far as Will Richardson can take them. Against Washington, he had 21 points including three from distance in the win. Quincy Guerrier and Jacob Young both finished with 12 points,
There are some COVID-affected games that will need to be made up, including the game with Washington State from the middle of last week that was missed. Following the games in California last week, some prognosticators had the Ducks on the play-in game, others as a high seed in NCAA Tournament. Winning streaks always go a long way with bracketologists as we have learned from the past.
Oregon basketball coach Dana Altman has found a way to make his teams better just in time. He has done it once again in 2020-21, which may be his most challenging rebuild since his arrival in Eugene.
Oregon will host Colorado on Tuesday night at Matthew Knight Arena. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. PT. The Ducks remain home for a game with in-state rival Oregon State on Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT against the Beavers.