On hand to enjoy the game were notable Duck All Americans Hroniss Grasu and Marcus Mariota, now both playing in the NFL.
Before the game, a special tribute was made to mark the recovery of the previously broken trophy celebrating the inaugural 1939 NCAA National Champion Oregon Webfoots, referred to in the press as the “Tall Firs” given their size. The Webfoots’ roster included their big man in the middle, Slim Wintermute, at 6-8, with a pair of 6-4 forwards and a set of guards who averaged nearly 5-10 between them. They thumped Ohio State in the Championship, 46-33.
How times and the game have changed: the current Duck roster features forward Chris Boucher at 6-10, with starting guards at 6-3- and 6-4.
The Ducks began the contest at 15-4 overall, and 4-2 in conference play, tied for second in the PAC-12. Oregon, coming off a one-day rest following Thursday night’s intense 89-81 victory over USC, needed to maintain focus and pressure stepping onto the court; and indeed they did.
For the second consecutive game, the Ducks combined good inside and outside shooting with strong defense, outrunning and out-rebounding a Bruin team that appeared generally lackluster.
After the game, Dillon Brooks noted, “rebounding was a key,” while the offense kept a “focus on simple plays” as central to the Ducks overall team effort. Brooks had a strong game with 25 points and seven rebounds and feeling better than he had against USC. Chris Boucher posted a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, plus adding four blocked shots to his statistic for the night.
In the end however, it was a balanced team effort for Oregon, finishing the night with an 86-72 win. In fact, the Ducks tied or bested the Bruins in virtually every statistical category on offense and defense.
Oregon now has a needed rest period before heading to Tucson to take on No. 12 ranked Arizona.