Hoops Preview - Oregon

Starting Thursday night, the Washington Huskies (19-9, 9-7) will begin their final road trip of the season when they take on the Oregon Ducks (14-14, 6-10). The game will also be the Huskies' last trip to McArthur Court and it will take place at 7 p.m. PST. It will not be on TV, but can be heard on the ISP Sports Radio Network. That means KJR 950AM in Seattle and KUIK 1360AM in Portland.

In the last meeting between the two teams, it was the Ducks that came out victorious, 90-79. It was one of only two losses suffered by the Huskies at Bank of America Arena. Oregon was led by their strong guard play, with senior Tajuan Porter and sophomore Malcolm Armstead having big games.

The diminutive Porter finished with 16 points on 5 of 16 shooting from the floor and four assists, but he only had two turnovers and was effective at moving the ball around the court. Armstead, who came in this past winter as a junior college transfer, finished with a team-high 21 points on 9 of 17 shooting from the field. He also had six assists and three steals.

Down in the paint, Michael Dunigan was a force all game finishing with 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting. He also collected 14 rebounds to boot.

On the Huskies' end, Isaiah Thomas led the way with 25 points on 6 of 17 shooting from the floor. He also had five boards and two steals. Senior Quincy Pondexter finished with 16 points on 6 of 12 shooting and had six rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Venoy Overton also had a strong game coming off the bench with 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting.

Despite starting 2-0 in the Pac-10 with wins over Washington State and Washington, the Ducks have only won four Pac-10 games since, but they do hold the unique distinction of sweeping both USC and UCLA. They also had wins against Winston-Salem, UC Davis, Colorado State, Montana State, Mississippi Valley State, Oakland, Idaho State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff in non-league play.

Their losses this season have come against Portland, Montana, Missouri and Saint Mary's in non-conference play. In the Pac-10, they have already given up the season series to Oregon State, Arizona State, Arizona, California and Stanford.

Leading the way for the Ducks in scoring has been Porter. He is averaging 11.7 points a game on just 36 percent shooting, but is averaging 22.5 in his last two games. He also averages a steal per contest. Armstead has stepped on the scene and has had a nice season with 10.6 points a game on 46 percent shooting from the field and 4.4 assists per game. He averages two steals a game.

Despite having enormous talent, Dunigan is only averaging 9.2 points a game on 55 percent shooting. He also is pulling in 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks a game. And although Jeremy Jacob got off to a slow start this season, he is now averaging 11.55 points and 5.5 rebounds over his last 11 games, so he has definitely picked up the slack for Dunigan.

As a team, the Ducks are averaging 69.1 points per game on 43 percent shooting and are allowing their opponents 68.7 points a game. They also average 34 rebounds and 12.7 turnovers a game. In Pac-10 play they are averaging 62.94 points a game and are allowing their opponents 69.74 points a game.

Following the game, the Huskies will stay in Oregon and finish out their regular season in Corvallis on Saturday when they take on Oregon State (13-15, 7-9) . The game time is set for 5 p.m. PST, and will be televised through Fox Sports Northwest.


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