Oregon vs. Washington men's basketball: How to watch, injuries, matchups, more

Oregon guard Jermaine Couisnard goes up for a shot as the Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats.
Oregon guard Jermaine Couisnard goes up for a shot as the Oregon Ducks host the Arizona Wildcats. / Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA

The Oregon Ducks look to cement their spot atop the Pac-12 conference standings as they host their rivals the Washington Huskies. 

Oregon defeated Washington earlier this season when the team traveled up to Seattle. Now, the Huskies are 12-10 overall and six other conference losses. Meanwhile, the Ducks are 15-7 overall with only one loss at home.

With a homecourt advantage and the rivalry to fuel their fire, the Ducks are sure to dominate the Huskies in Eugene.

How to watch Oregon vs. Washington

Key matchups:

In these teams’ last regular season matchup, before they hold hands and skip along to the Big Ten, the Ducks and Huskies are sure to put on a show. I expect Oregon to put its full force into slowing down the Washington offense and capitalizing on as many turnovers as possible.

Washington’s leading scorer is forward Keion Brooks Jr., averaging 21.2 points per game, and the Ducks will have to focus on shutting down his shooting. 

I expect star freshman Jackson Sheltad to be paired with Brooks if head coach Dana Altman sets his team up in man-on-man defense.

The playmaker for the Huskies is guard Sahvir Wheeler, he leads Washington with 5.9 assists and 0.7 blocks per game. Wheeler will need to be stopped in the backcourt to prevent his keen eye for the game to be at its maximum.

Jermaine Couisnard, a stellar defensive player, would make for a great matchup against Wheeler.

N’Faly Dante, Oregon center, will lack a true matchup as Washington’s best big man is out due to injury. With the height advantage on the court, I expect Dante to dominate and produce big numbers for the Ducks on Thursday night.

Oregon injury report:

Jesse Zarzuela is still sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Mookie Cook is out indefinitely with a foot injury and Keeshawn Barthelemy is reportedly out for indefinitely with an unspecified leg injury.

Nate Bittle missed two games, against UCLA and USC, due to illness but practiced earlier this week and is expected to play against the Huskies.

N’Faly Dante is still full steam ahead since returning from his injury and reparative surgery.

Washington injury report:

The Huskies are missing three players due to injury. 

Wesley Yates III and Christian King have both opted to redshirt due to their season-ending injuries and are expected to return with Washington next year.

Franck Kepnang, an ex-Duck himself, is out indefinitely with a knee injury so he will not see any playing time against his former team.

Final score prediction: Oregon 84, Washington 73

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