Hoops Preview - Oregon

Atop the Pac-12 conference, the Washington Huskies (16-7, 9-2) will have a difficult road challenge Thursday night when Lorenzo Romar's team travels to Eugene to play the Oregon Ducks. The game will start at 8 p.m. PT and will be aired live on ROOT Sports in the Northwest.

Oregon, coached by Dana Altman, are 16-7 overall and 7-4 in league play. Three of their seven losses have come in Eugene, including a 17-point loss to California and a five-point loss to in-state rivals Oregon State. In the first meeting between Washington and Oregon, the Huskies handled the Ducks 76-60 at Alaska Airlines Arena on Dec. 31.

Leading the Ducks during their successful season has been senior transfer Devoe Joseph. A 6-foot-4 guard, the Ontario native is averaging 15.8 points a game on 45 percent shooting and 1.5 steals. In his last three games, the former Minnesota Golden Gopher has put up 26, 20 and 18 points, respectively.

Sharing the scoring load for Oregon is E.J. Singler. The experienced 6-foot-6 junior forward is averaging 13 points a game on 46 percent shooting. He is also pulling in 5.4 rebounds a game. The Medford native is also one of the top free throw shooters in the country at No. 29 (88.2 percent).

Starting at point guard will be steady 6-foot-2 Garrett Sim. Although the senior from Portland only averages 11.7 points on 49 percent shooting, Sim is averaging 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals and just 1.7 turnovers a game. He is also No. 31 nationally in true shooting percentage (65.1).

Other key players for the Ducks will be Olu Ashaolu, Tony Woods, Jeremy Jacob, Carlos Emory and Johnathan Loyd.

As a team, Oregon is No. 50 in free throw percentage (41.9), No. 68 in free throw point percentage (22.3) and No. 94 in true shooting percentage (54.7). The Ducks average 69.8 points a game while allowing 66.8.

Historically, Washington leads the all-time series 185-104, including 71-69 in Eugene. Romar's squads are 4-5 in Eugene, having lost last year there 81-76.

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