Oregon vs. No. 4 Colorado: How to watch, injuries, matchups, and more

Oregon's Grace VanSlooten tries for a 3-pointer during the second half against Oregon State.
Oregon's Grace VanSlooten tries for a 3-pointer during the second half against Oregon State. / Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard / USA

The Oregon Ducks are a few days out from a tough, last-second loss to their in-state rivals, the Oregon State Beavers. Being within a few points of upsetting the Beavs was disappointing but also showed what a bright future this Duck team can have.

On the other hand, the Colorado Buffaloes women’s basketball team is having one of their best seasons ever. Currently sitting at 12-3 overall and 9-2 in conference play, the team is tied for first in the Pac-12.

As the Ducks flock to Boulder, they will have to face the fact that they are considerable underdogs and will have to fight for every inch that the Buffaloes give them.

How to watch Oregon vs. Colorado

Key matchups:

Despite being on a lengthy losing streak, Oregon boasts about its star trio of Phillipina Kyei, Chance Gray, and Grace VanSlooten.

The three Ducks have been a dynamic force on offense and have helped keep Oregon’s losses from being complete blowouts. The Buffaloes will need to focus on shutting down Kyei, Gray, and VanSlooten to slow down Oregon’s offense.

Meanwhile, the Ducks will need to put a stop to Colorado center Aaronette Vonleh’s scoring abilities as she is currently averaging 14.9 points per game.

Forward Quay Miller is also a force to be reckoned with as she averages over 8 rebounds per game, leading to offensive second chances for the Buffaloes and limiting their opponents’ opportunities for points.

While I don’t expect the Ducks to walk away with this victory, I think they could smell the win against Oregon State last week and are hungry for a fighting chance against Colorado on Friday.

Oregon injury report:

Peyton Scott is out for the season with a knee injury sustained in the first game of the year.

Sofia Bell is still out with an ankle and foot injury. The Ducks have not shared a timetable for her return yet.

The game notes provided by Oregon and head coach Kelly Graves do not list any other players as actively injured.

Colorado injury report:

There are currently no Buffaloes reporting as injured and head coach JR Payne should have her full roster available.

Final score prediction: Oregon 48, Colorado 67

I'm sorry Duck fans, I don't think our team can keep up with the Buffaloes on Friday night. Hopefully they can keep the game exciting and close throguhout the four quarters but I expect Colorado to win this matchup.

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