Well, late last night / early this morning, Utah learned that their opponent for their opening game of the Pac-12 tournament will be Oregon, after the Ducks topped Washington State in overtime. The Ducks trailed a majority of the game to the 11-seed, before taking a lead with under a minute remaining in regulation. Wazzu was able to force the overtime period, but the Ducks eventually got the two point win. The good news for the Utes is that Oregon has to turn around and play in under 24 hours after a hard fought game.
Utah did beat Oregon earlier this year, in their only matchup up in Eugene, but one key difference in tonight’s game is that Utah is likely going to be missing David Collette, who rolled his ankle against Colorado in the season finale last weekend. That may help the Utes a bit, since they can go a bit more athletic with Chris Seeley, but their offense punch drops quite a bit.
It’s going to be a tough game, as Oregon always is for the Utes. This could help the Utes tournament resume if they win, and of course moves them a step closer to an auto bid if they were to win the tournament.
More on the Ducks:
Oregon finished the regular season 20-11 overall and finished in a tie for sixth-place in the Pac-12 with a league record of 10-8. The Ducks closed out the regular season winning three of its last four games, which included home wins over both Arizona and Arizona State, along with a road win over Washington in the season finale.
The Ducks finished first in the Pac-12 and rank 12th in the nation with a combined .777 free throw shooting percentage. Oregon also ranks among the nations top-50 teams in blocked shots (42nd, 4.5/game). Kenny Wooten ranked first in the league and 12th in the nation with 2.71 blocks per game and was 10th in the nation with 84 blocked shots overall.
How to watch:
Time: 9:30pm MT
Radio: ESPN 700