Tony Woods got a little bit too heated during the early stages of Oregon’s basketball game against Washington State on Saturday.
After exchanging some ribbing with WSU’s Brock Motum throughout the first few minutes, Woods intentionally elbowed the Australian in the head as he passed him after an Oregon possession. Motum stumbled for a little bit before falling to the court, resulting in an injury timeout being called.
While Motum went to the locker room and was being evaluated, the referees reviewed video of the play and charged Woods with a flagrant foul and ejected him from the game. He would leave the game after playing to the 9:55 mark in the first half.
And though the Pac-12 could have penalized Woods by taking more playing time away from him, conference officials have cleared him to play in Thursday’s big game against the California Golden Bears at Matthew Knight Arena.
Woods’ availability for Oregon’s game is crucial for the Ducks as they head down the final stretch of their conference schedule, still just barely holding onto first place.
And while the Ducks have won three straight games, Calfironia is coming in as the hotter team, winning five of their last six games. One of those wins came against the Ducks by a score of 58-54.
Should Woods have been ruled out for this game, Oregon would have found itself in a dangerous predicament on Thursday.
Not only are the Bears one of the hottest teams in the conference, they also are starting to boast a much more impressive inside presence. As the Ducks rely on keeping a big lineup on the court, taking away a player like Tony Woods takes them out of their game plan and disrupts any momentum–as was apparent on Saturday.
After Woods’ ejection the Ducks managed just two points in the next six minutes.
But, as it stands, Tony Woods will be available for Oregon on Thursday for what should be a great Pac-12 matchup at Matthew Knight Arena. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m.