To stay toward the top of the Pac-12, the team will have to walk away from this week with back-to-back wins. First up, Arizona State.
Coming off a weekend of losses, the Ducks are looking to bounce back against the Sun Devils. The losses to Utah and Colorado last week were Oregon’s first losses in conference play.
The Sun Devils are currently tied with the Ducks’ conference record (5-2) but sit two games behind them overall. Oregon was on a hot streak at the beginning of the year and currently boasts a 13-5 record, the second-best in the Pac-12.
With this game deciding who remains on top of the pair, it is a must-win game for both teams.
How to watch Oregon MBB vs. Arizona State
- Location: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
- Game time: 6 p.m. PT
- TV/Live Stream: Pac-12 Network
- Radio/Audio: Oregon Sports Network, GoDucks
These two teams are extremely similar. Both in stature and skillset, this will be a game of willpower. I believe the Ducks have more at stake coming off consecutive losses and the health of N’Faly Dante will be vital to their success.
Against Dante, I expect 6-foot-9 forward Alonza Gaffney to use his ball skills to his advantage for the Sun Devils.
The rest of the court will be comprised almost entirely of guards.
ASU’s junior guard Frankie Collins will most likely be matched up against Oregon power defenders Brennan Rigsby or freshman Jackson Shelstad.
Meanwhile, to go inch-for-inch. I imagine 6-foot-3 Adam Miller will be man-marking Oregon’s Jermaine Cousinard after his lights-out weekend. Along the same lines for a matchup, the 6-foot-5 duo of Duck Jadrien Tracey and Sun Devil Jose Perez would make quite a matchup in the Pac-12 showdown.
Oregon injury report:
Dante is expected to put in some major game time in his fourth game back from a knee injury.
Meanwhile, junior Nate Bittle and senior Jesse Zarzuela will still be out for the game against the Sun Devils. Zarzuela is still categorized as out for the remainder of the season while hope is still out there that Bittle will make his return before the season concludes.
Arizona State injury report:
As of January 10th, senior guard Brycen Long is currently categorized as out indefinitely due to illness.
Senior forward Zane Meeks has been marked as out due to a foot injury since the middle of December.