Eugene, OR (Sports Network) - Licking their wounds after a heartbreaking loss
at home, the 23rd-ranked Oregon Ducks look to bounce back against the Stanford
Cardinal in Pac-12 Conference play at Matthew Knight Arena.
Stanford put a halt to a two-game slide with an 82-72 victory over Oregon
State on Thursday. The Cardinal evened their conference record at 7-7 with the
win, while improving their overall mark for the season to 16-11. Stanford is
still in the bottom half of the Pac-12 standings with just four games left to
play, the next two of which will be home bouts with Colorado and Utah.
Oregon lost for just the second time this season at Matthew Knight Area on
Thursday when Justin Cobbs nailed a buzzer-beating jumper to lift California
to a 48-46 victory. The setback ended a three-game winning streak for the
Ducks and dropped them into a tie with No. 12 Arizona for the top spot in the
Pac-12 standings. Next up Oregon will get one more chance to defend its home
floor in its next matchup with intrastate rival Oregon State.
The Cardinal already pulled off an upset once this season against Oregon with
a 76-52 rout at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 30. The win extended the Cardinal's
all-time series lead to 90-47.
All five starters were in double figures and Josh Huestis (20 points, 11
rebounds) and Dwight Powell (14 points, 11 rebounds) each posted double-
doubles to carry Stanford over Oregon State. The Cardinal shot 48.4 percent
from the field in the game and turned the ball over just eight times.
Powell (15.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg) and Huestis (10.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.0 bpg) have
anchored the Cardinal from the paint all season. Powell is the more offensive-
minded contributor as he leads the team in scoring. Huestis meanwhile, tops
the squad in rebounding, while proving to be one of the best players in the
conference in protecting the rim. Chasson Randle (13.8 ppg) handles the bulk
of the scoring duties from beyond the arc and has the ability to really heat
up from 3-point range. As a team Stanford is scoring a solid 70.3 points per
game despite shooting the worst percentage from the field (.415) among Pac-12
Though it came down to the final buzzer, Oregon really didn't play well enough
to win against California. The Ducks managed just 16 total field goals while
shooting 27.6 percent from the floor in the contest. Arsalan Kazemi had 11
points and game-high 18 rebounds in the contest.
Oregon has had similar luck on the offensive end of the floor as compared to
Stanford scoring 71.9 points per game while falling into the bottom half of
the conference in field-goal percentage (.448). However, the Ducks own a
nearly double-digit scoring margin on the season, while topping the league in
rebounds (38.3 pg). Versatile forward E.J. Singler (11.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0
apg) is the top scorer on the roster, despite shooting less than 40 percent
from the field. Damyean Dotson (11.4 ppg) shoots a superior 45.1 percent from
the floor but has looked lost in the backcourt with Dominic Artis (10.2 ppg)
missing major time with a foot injury. Carlos Emory (10.5 ppg) is another
double-figure scorer, while Kazemi (8.9 ppg, 10.0 ppg, 2.2 spg) puts in good
work on the glass, while ranking second in the league in steals.
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