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

Oregon center N'Faly Dante high-fives members of the student section after the Ducks win.
Oregon center N'Faly Dante high-fives members of the student section after the Ducks win. / Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA

In the Ducks’ last game, Oregon struggled against the press and had a difficult time slowing down UW’s offense. 

If Washington State has taken any notes, they will attempt to play a similar game to that of the Huskies’ on Thursday.

The Cougars and the Ducks are tied for second in the Pac-12, only trailing behind Arizona who just eked out a win in triple overtime against Utah.

Washington State and Oregon both need to keep winning to secure their place in the NCAA bracket. The loser of this game runs the risk of not making it and instead being invited to the NIT Tournament.

How to watch Oregon vs. Washington State

Key matchups:

N’Faly Dante and Rueben Chinyelu will be in a big-man battle throughout the game. Chinyelu leads the Cougs with 1.5 blocks per game and averages 5 points and 5.2 rebounds per appearance. 

In the backcourt, Jackson Shelstad and Jermaine Couisnard will be busy with guard Myles Rice and forward Isaac Jones. Rice currently leads Washington State in assists and steals per game. Meanwhile, Jones leads the Cougars in points and rebounds per game.

The entire team will need to have another stunning performance to help lead the Ducks to a win over the Cougs. Hopefully, the team effort combined with Dana Altman’s coaching prowess, Oregon can walk away with the win.

Oregon injury report:

Jesse Zarzuela remains sidelined due to injury for the remainder of the season.

Mookie Cook and Keeshawn Barthelemy are categorized as out indefinitely with foot and leg injuries, respectively.

Nate Bittle is questionable for Saturday’s matchup, he has been out for the previous three games with an illness.

Washington State injury report:

Guard Dylan Darling is out indefinitely with a back injury suffered in mid-January.

Guard Joseph Yesufu is out for the remainder of the season with a hip injury he suffered at the beginning of January.

Final score prediction: Oregon 91, Washington State 88

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