The final Civil War: How to watch Oregon men's basketball vs. Oregon State

Oregon Ducks center N'Faly Dante (1) reacts after defeating the Oregon State Beavers.
Oregon Ducks center N'Faly Dante (1) reacts after defeating the Oregon State Beavers. / Abigail Dollins/Statesman Journal / USA

With next season’s schedule yet to be released, tonight’s matchup between Oregon and Oregon State could be the final regular season game between the two rivals for a long time.

The Ducks are heading to the Big Ten and leaving little brother, the Beavers, in the Pac-2.

The long-lasting, beloved, and begrudged Civil War is coming to an end at Matthew Knight Arena on a Wednesday night in Eugene, Oregon.

How to watch Oregon vs. Oregon State

A brief history: Oregon vs. Oregon State men’s basketball

The Ducks and the Beavers have played each other 61 times throughout the years. Oregon is 45-16 all-time and under head coach Dana Altman the team has gone 21-9

Oregon has defeated Oregon State in the last six games between the two teams and most recently defeated the Beavers in Corvallis, 60-58. In Eugene, Oregon has only lost four times to Oregon State, defeating the Beavers 18 times on their own court.

Orlando Williams
Orlando Williams / Otto Greule Jr/GettyImages

The first basketball Civil War game occurred in 1995. Oregon trounced Oregon State, walking away with a 96-83 victory. The biggest win in the history of the series came in 2017 when the Ducks won by an astonishing 42 points, nearly doubling the Beavers’ total.

Oregon and Oregon State have seen each other three times in the Pac-12 Tournament and Oregon currently leads the postseason rivalry 2-1.

Game notes and key matchups

While Oregon is favored to win this home game, the Ducks need a dominant win to rejuvenate their season. After falling to the California Golden Bears over the weekend, Oregon is nearing a return to the NIT instead of the NCAA Tournament.

Hosting the Beavers, Oregon should look to come out swinging. Relying on senior N’Faly Dante as well as young stars Jackson Shelstad, Kwame Evans Jr., and others.

In the Ducks’s last games against the Beavs, Dante had 22 points and six rebounds. He combined with Shelstad who had 15 points and Jermaine Couisnard who had 13 points.

Securing 16 offensive rebounds and outsourcing the Beavers 44-28 in the paint, Oregon should look to repeat its dominant style of play.

I expect Oregon to try to run away with the game and get a rather large lead in the first half. However, I don’t think the Beavers will just sit idly by as the Ducks control the court, they will have a second-half run to bring the game within reach but fall just short of a complete comeback.

Final score prediction: Oregon 73, Oregon State 65

Read more: