Oregon and UCLA battle with much on the line: Men's basketball open thread – OregonLive.com
The Ducks will look to win their fifth straight game and seventh in their last eight this afternoon against UCLA. Here’s a quick preview. Feel free to chat along in the comment section below.
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Westwood, California
On the air: Fox, 95.3 FM Eugene, Goducks.com
Oregon (18-7, 8-4)
Jordan Bell, 6-9, Fr. (5.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg)
Elgin Cook, 6-6, Jr. (12.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg)
Jalil Abdul-Bassit, 6-4, Sr. (8.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg)
Joe Young, 6-2, Sr. (19.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
Dillon Brooks, 6-6, Fr. (12.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
UCLA (15-10, 7-5)
Kevon Looney, 6-9, Fr. (12.2 ppg, 9.8 rpg)
Tony Parker, 6-9, Jr. (10.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
Norman Powell, 6-4, Sr. (15.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
Bryce Alford, 6-3, So. (15.7 ppg, 5.3 apg)
Isaac Hamilton, 6-4, So. (10.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
“Oregon (18-7, 8-4) whipped the Bruins (15-10, 7-5) right out of Eugene with a 82-64 win in which the Ducks shot 75 percent in the first half and thrived without Parker’s 6-foot-9, 260-pound frame in the middle. It was Oregon’s second straight win in what would turn into today’s current streak of six victories in seven games that’s pushed Oregon into tournament discussions.
But since then, UCLA has also turned a corner. Parker returned with the Bruins record at 3-4 in Pac-12 play and has led his team to wins in four of the last five games. It’s been an impressive streak that included a win over Utah at home and a 69-67 victory over Stanford on the road. The Bruins are fresh off a 75-59 stomping over the Beavers and are now ranked 42nd in RPI.
Altman attributes a lot of that to the return of Parker, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds against the Beavers. Altman said he isn’t set on which lineup he’ll put out Saturday night, whether it will have shot-blocker Jordan Bell in the middle or Dwayne Benjamin, who has started the last two games.
“We’ll be in some zone. We’ll be in some man. We’ll probably have to double him a little bit,” Altman said. “We’ll have to change things up, front the heck out of them, not let them have it in there…Those big bodies like that can really score. Those guys are giving us problems.” More from The Oregonian’s preview here.
The preview from the Register-Guard.
Bruins continue to thrive with Parker in the lineup.
Four factors for the game.
Bruins Nation thinks the game might be a track meet.