Conference Update: Ducks rise, Beavs win and Women’s Tourney update
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This week’s update:
Ducks men’s hoops on the rise
Chris Duarte (pictured above) scored a team-high 18 points as Oregon topped Colorado on Thursday night 60-56. It was the fourth straight win for Dana Altman’s program, and also their sixth straight home win over the Buffaloes. The Ducks look to make it five overall consecutive wins Saturday hosting Utah (6pm, Pac-12 Network). Oregon will travel to face 17th-ranked USC – the only currently ranked team in the conference – on Monday February 22nd in Los Angeles. That game is a rescheduled affair from a Jan. 30th postponed due to covid-19 protocol. Monday’s tip off is scheduled for 6pm on FS1.
Beavs bounce back
Ethan Thompson scored a game-high 25 points, and the Beavers used a big second half to pull away from the Utah Utes on Thursday night at Gill Coliseum, winning 74-56. Oregon State snapped a three-game losing streak, led by its defense forcing 20 turnovers, and shooting a stellar 52% from the floor in the second half. The Beavs are back headed in the right direction with an 11-10 overall mark, 7-8 in conference, and host Colorado on Saturday (5pm, ESPNU).
Duck women face tough stretch
The schedule intensified this week for Kelly Graves and the No.13 Oregon Ducks, who narrowly dropped a contest Monday night at home to No.6 Stanford, 63-61. Oregon traveled to face 8th-ranked UCLA on Friday night, but struggled early and couldn’t recover against the Bruins. The Ducks face USC in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon before hosting Oregon State in the rivalry game the following Sunday, Feb. 28th.
Pac-12 Women’s Tournament schedule update
The conference announced a schedule update to the women’s tournament set for early March in Las Vegas. The tournament now will begin Wed. March 3rd, and feature an open date on Sat., March 6th, to allow for any schedule adaptations resulting from covid-19 protocols, before the championship game scheduled on Sun., March 7th (5pm, ESPN2). All games will be played from the Michelob UTLRA arena at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Vegas. The men’s tournament is still scheduled to be played March 10th through 13th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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