Game Matchups and Preview: Utah at Oregon

Utes go to Eugene for a tough matchup with the Ducks

Delon Wright has had some struggles at time with athletic guards, so this may be a tricky matchup for him. Still, he's not a guy that disappears in any game and should have his standard stat-sheet stuffer performance. Brandon Taylor hit some huge 3s against Oregon State and continues his all conference push. It's been great for Wright not have to do everything to make the team go, and Taylor has been a big part of that.

Joseph Young is arguably the top pure-scorer in the conference, putting up 20 points per game. He's deadly from the free throw line. Young rarely comes off of the floor, playing 36+ minutes per game. He's going to take a lot of 3s. So will his back-court mate in Jalil Abdul-Bassit, who takes 4 a game, knocking down 44% to get to his 8.5 points per game.
Advantage: Utah

Chris Reyes played only 9 minutes the other night against Oregon State. This is likely another game that his number of minutes shrink. Jordan Loveridge's play continues to be up and down this season. This is the kind of game that they're going to need his outside shot to fall.

Oregon plays a lot of small ball, going with 3 forwards, all 6-8 or under. Junior Elgin Cook averages 12.6 points, and 5.6 rebounds per contest. Freshman Jordan Bell averages 5.6 points and 6.5 rebounds, but does most of his damage on defense averaging 2.9 blocks per game. Dillon Brooks is another freshman that averages 12.1 points and 4.8 rebounds.
Advantage: Oregon

Poeltl disappeared the other night on the offensive end again. He'll have a huge advantage over Oregon's tiny front line and should be able to put up some solid numbers.

Oregon doesn't really use a center with their biggest starter being 6-8.
Advantage: Utah

Dakari Tucker just keeps doing his thing off of the bench. He's been playing with a ton of confidence, and it's giving Utah 8.6 points per game and some stellar defense. Dallin Bachynski only played 3 minutes against OSU, but should see more time if Utah wants to exploit Oregon's lack of size. Maybe the same for Jeremy Olsen. We've talked about Brekkott Chapman ad nauseam . Nothing left to write.

The Ducks are one of the deepest teams in the conference, led by junior forward Dwayne Benjamin's 7.9 points and 5.6 rebounds. Ahmaad Rorie and Casey Benson are also solid contributors, and like many others on this roster, freshmen.
Advantage: Utah

Oregon is a good home team, and while they struggle with defensive efficiency, that's more of a road issue. They shoot a lot of 3s, and they make a lot of 3s. The Utes get caught looking way too far ahead to next week's battle with Arizona and some late game issues pop up again to give them a road loss.

The Pick
Oregon 69 Utah 66

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