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Photos: University of Oregon Basketball battles Western Oregon for a 77-58 victory

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Oregon Ducks forward Abu Kigab (24) jumps to shoot the ball. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon University at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Ducks center Bol Bol (1) waits to inbound the ball. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)

Ducks guard Ehab Amin (4) dives past the Wolves defense in order to attempt the pass. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks forward Kenny Wooten (14) shoots the ball under pressure. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon University at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Wolves guard Brandell Evans (5) voices his grievances to the official. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Victor Bailey Jr. (10) moves through heavy defense. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon University at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Ducks guard Ehab Amin (4) reaches to steal the ball. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Victor Bailey Jr. (10) attempts to block a shot. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon University at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Victor Bailey Jr. (10) looks for a pass under heavy defense. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon University at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Ducks guard Ehab Amin (4) dives to make a spectacular shot attempt. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)

Ducks guard Ehab Amin (4) drives towards the hoop. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks center Bol Bol (1) dunks the ball. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon University at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

The Ducks offense attempts to rebound a missed shot attempt. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)

Ducks forward Kenny Wooten (14) blocks yet another shot attempt. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)

Ducks center Bol Bol (1) picks the ball out of mid air with great ease. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)

Ducks forward Kenny Wooten (14) dives to keep the ball in bounds. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)

Ducks guard Ehab Amin (4) moves the ball around. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Will Johnson (54) dribbles the ball around WOU defense. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon University at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Ducks guard Ehab Amin (4) maintains posession despite heavy defensive pressure. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)

Ducks guard Victor Bailey Jr. (10) looks for an open passing lane. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Ben Green/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks center Bol Bol (1) reaches towards the basket. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon University at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks forward Abu Kigab (24) looks for an open pass. Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball hosts Western Oregon University at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on Nov. 1, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

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Photos: Oregon Basketball hosts Matt Knight Madness

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The Oregon Ducks are introduced at the start of the event. Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

The Oregon Ducks take the court at the start of the event. Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Sisters Satou Sabally (1) and Nyara Sabally (1) embrace at the start of the event. Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks forward Satou Sabally (0) plays in the women’s scrimmage. Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu (20) shoots the ball in the women’s scrimmage. Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks fans compete against Oregon players in a hoops competition. Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

The Oregon Ducks watch the hoops competition from the sideline. Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

The Oregon Men’s Team plays in a scrimmage. Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Payton Pritchard (3) looks for a pass in the men’s scrimmage. Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Victor Bailey Jr. (10) shoots the ball in the men’s scrimmage. Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Will Johnson (54) drives down the court in the men’s scrimmage. Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Victor Bailey Jr. (10) dunks the ball in the men’s scrimmage. Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Victor Bailey Jr. (10) dunks the ball in the men’s scrimmage. Oregon Ducks Men’s and Women’s Basketball host Matt Knight Madness at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene Ore. on October 12. 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

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Strong second half propels Ducks past Rider 99-86 and into the second round of the NIT

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Minutes before tip of Oregon’s first-round NIT matchup with Rider, the Ducks emerged from their locker room in their fluorescent yellow jerseys to a half-hearted cheer from a maybe quarter-full Matthew Knight Arena. It’s a sight that Oregon has seen few times at home this season, and mainly for preseason scrimmages, not postseason tournament games.  

But this was, after all, an NIT game on a Tuesday night, and one can only presume that Duck fans didn’t want to watch Oregon play in a consolation tournament after what was an entirely disappointing season.

The 2,327 fans that ended up occupying the 12,000 seat arena witnessed a 99-86 Ducks win over the Broncs (22-10) that sent Oregon to the second round of the NIT to face either Marquette or Harvard. But for about two-and-a-half quarters (all NIT games will be played in quarters this year), Oregon appeared to have no interest in being on the floor. It took a strong second-half run to propel the Ducks (23-12) to victory and keep their season alive for at least one more game.

Freshman V.J. Bailey played a big role in the win. He hit a career-high seven threes en route to a career-high 23 points, 14 of which he scored in the second half. Altman gave Bailey his fair share of credit for the second-half turnaround.

“Once we started clicking we got a few shots down and the energy level went way up. VJ really likes to play when the ball is going in. He did a really nice job shooting the ball and giving us some energy there,” Oregon head coach Dana Altman said.

Bailey hit four of his seven threes after the 3:25 mark of the third quarter. His first cut Rider’s lead to 56-55. Payton Pritchard converted a layup on Oregon’s next possession to give the Ducks a 57-56 lead, their first lead since the score was 3-2.

Oregon outscored Rider 42-30 the rest of the way.

“He gives us a spark off the bench and we just try to give it to him every time,” said Kenny Wooten, who recorded his third double-double of the season with 12 points and ten rebounds. “We know he’ll get a good shot so that’s what we try and do when he gets in.”

Oregon needed a second-half spark after its lackadaisical first half performance that had them down 44-36 at halftime. The Ducks made 13 shots on 33 percent shooting and turned the ball over nine times. Rider was equally sloppy, turning the ball over seven times, but shot 52 percent from the field and scored 28 of its 44 first-half points in the paint. The Broncs dominated the paint all night and got 50 of their 86 points from down low.  

“They didn’t beat us, they killed us,” Altman said. “That’s probably as many as we’ve given up all year.”

But the second half was a different story. Oregon’s offense sprung to life and the Ducks rode the hot hands of Elijah Brown (16 second-half points, 18 for the game), Pritchard (18 second-half points, 23 for the game), and Bailey to the buzzer. For a team that struggled to hit threes in Vegas last week, the Ducks hit 14 of their 26 attempts with nine makes coming in the second half.

It wasn’t pretty, but Oregon survived to play another game. They’ll face either two seed Marquette or seven seed Harvard, who play each other Wednesday night. If the Ducks draw Marquette, they’ll have to travel over 2,000 miles to play the Golden Eagles. They’ll host Harvard if the Crimson win.

For a game that might have been the last at Matthew Knight this season, at least the home crowd went home happy.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Reflects on Damian Lillard Relationship, Regrets About Blazers

San Antonio Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge discussed his relationship with Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard in an interview published Thursday. 

Aldridge and Lillard played alongside each other in Portland for three seasons from 2012-13 through 2014-15, and Aldridge mentioned the struggles he had communicating with Lillard when they were teammates to Michael Pina of Vice Sports:

“It’s always tough for me to find that balance where I want to tell [Damian] not to do this or this is better. But I don’t want him to feel like I’m trying to hold him back from being who he wants to be. I do regret not talking to him at times, but also I feel like he was trying to find himself.”

Aldridge signed a free-agent deal with the Spurs in 2015 and has spent the past three seasons in San Antonio.

In addition to reflecting on the past with Lillard and the Blazers, Aldridge revealed that he has a better relationship with Dame currently:

“I would say him and I have learned more about each other since I left that would’ve helped us when I was there, so I’ve learned from that and I’m trying to be better and not worry if I come off a certain way, because I feel like when people know who I am as a person, they know I have no ill will. I’m more reserved, so I didn’t want to come off as trying to stifle his shine. I just got back in the corner and let him do his thing … I feel like if him and I communicated as much then as we do now, then things would’ve been totally different.”

Portland reached the playoffs in each of the final two seasons Aldridge and Lillard played together, and it made it to the second round in 2013-14.

Both players were named All-Stars in those two seasons as well.

Aldridge initially struggled upon leaving Portland, as his stats dipped significantly. He even requested a trade prior to this season.

After ironing things out with head coach Gregg Popovich, however, Aldridge has rebounded significantly.

With Kawhi Leonard missing most of the season due to injury, Aldridge has returned to All-Star form and is averaging 22.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for a Spurs team that is fifth in the Western Conference.

Lillard is having a great year as well with 26.8 points, 6.4 assists and 4.5 rebounds per contest, and he has pushed the Blazers into third in the Western Conference on the strength of an eight-game winning streak.

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Georgios Papagiannis Reportedly Agrees to 10-Day Contract with Trail Blazers

Free-agent center Georgios Papagiannis and the Portland Trail Blazers reportedly agreed to terms Tuesday on a 10-day contract, according to ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski

The Sacramento Kings waived Papagiannis at last month’s trade deadline after they rolled the dice on him with 13th pick in the 2016 draft. 

As a rookie, the Greek big man was largely an afterthought until the Kings gave him more playing time late in the 2016-17 season. Papagiannis finished the year averaging 5.6 points on 54.9 percent shooting and 3.9 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per game.

Papagiannis opened his second NBA season buried on the Kings’ depth chart behind Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos, and Zach Randolph’s arrival in free agency muddied the frontcourt picture even more. As a result, he played an average of 7.4 minutes per night in just 16 games

His most productive time came with the G League’s Reno Bighorns. In 10 appearances for the Kings’ minor league affiliate, Papagiannis averaged 13.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 27.1 minutes per game. 

Thus far, all evidence suggests Papagiannis remains a major work in progress. But with a smooth mid-range jumper and decent pick-and-roll instincts, the 20-year-old eventually could morph into a steady contributor if the Blazers decide to extend his stay and devote resources to his long-term development. 

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Damian Lillard Met with Trail Blazers Owner Paul Allen to ‘Spark That Urgency’

Damian Lillard‘s meeting with Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen turned into a discussion of how the franchise can join the ranks of the Western Conference’s elite teams.

In an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Lillard noted he wanted to open up a line of communication with Allen to see if they can improve the entire organization:

“It was just me showing urgency, spark that urgency, figure out, ‘OK, what do we have to do?’ We’re a five, six seed. What do we got to do to make the jump? If you don’t have a line of communication with people who can make the changes or the people who can make impact for things happening for the better, then you’re just going out there playing.”

ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported in January that Lillard and Allen met for nearly an hour at Moda Center before a game against the Indiana Pacers

Haynes noted Allen “feared” Lillard was going to request a trade leading up to the meeting, but it wound up leading to the three-time All-Star reaffirming his place with the Trail Blazers and “to gain assurances that the organization was just as devoted to expeditiously crafting a title-contending team.”

Lillard signed a five-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season in July 2015. He’s been with the Blazers since they drafted him No. 6 overall in 2012. 

Portland entered the All-Star break as the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference with a 32-26 record. The team has made the playoffs in each of the previous four seasons but hasn’t advanced beyond the second round. 

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Ducks fall to UCLA in overtime, 86-78

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Oregon didn’t lead for the majority of the game, but it did push the clock into its first overtime of the season.

Yet, Oregon didn’t win, UCLA did.

On Saturday night at the Pauley Pavilion, the Ducks fell victim to their ongoing battle with inconsistency as they lost to the UCLA Bruins 86-78 in overtime, leaving the Los Angeles road trip 0-2.

The game began with a strong Oregon presence in the first 10 minutes. Oregon forward Troy Brown Jr. stole the ball after a Bruin-won tip-off. He ran it down for a layup and got Oregon on the board first.

But the Ducks’ drive soon slowed after a 3-pointer from UCLA Bruin Prince Ali made the way for a six-point UCLA lead.

The Ducks ended the first half five under the Bruins, 35-40.

The second half wouldn’t start for the Ducks until the 11:45-minute mark when UCLA junior Aaron Holiday took his seat on the Bruin bench with his fourth foul.

It was as if Holiday’s absence recharged the Oregon team. The Ducks went on a 13-point run, starting with back-to-back 3s from MiKyle McIntosh and Payton Pritchard. Another 3 from Elijah Brown tied the game at 59-59.

The Ducks reclaimed their lead at 7:41 with a layup from Elijah Brown. Holiday was soon put back in the game, and the Bruins started to regain control.

After switching back-and-forth leading points, a McIntosh layup tied the game at 71 with 49 seconds left. The two battled it out, attempting shots on both sides as the clock ran out and overtime was declared.

In overtime, this time the Bruins would be the first to score. Another 3-pointer from Ali at the 3:51 mark sparked a UCLA surge.

Oregon only made three baskets in overtime. Those seven points did not hold up against the Bruins’ 10-2 point run as they claimed the victory with an eight-point deficit.

Pritchard led the Ducks with 23 points and five assists. Following him was Elijah Brown and McIntosh each with 19 points. Troy Brown Jr. ended with eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

The Ducks will return home to Eugene and play the Arizona State Sun Devils at Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 8:30 p.m.

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Preview: Ducks face LA schools this weekend in high-stakes matchups for each team

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Oregon is riding high off its sweep of the Washington schools last week, but steeper tests approach, starting with the Los Angeles schools this weekend.

The Ducks travel south to play USC (17-9, 8-5) on Thursday and UCLA (17-8, 8-5) on Saturday. Both games carry heavy postseason implications for each team. UCLA and USC are currently tied for second in the Pac-12 and are bubble teams for at-large bids for the NCAA Tournament. Oregon is tied with Washington for fourth in the conference and is on the outside looking in in terms of making the Big Dance. But, the Ducks are coming off arguably their best weekend of conference play and appear to have some momentum as they make a push for a coveted at-large bid.

The Trojans are the first hurdle the Ducks need to clear. USC is losers of its last three games and suffered its worst loss of conference play — an 81-67 handling by No. 13 Arizona — its last time out. As of now, USC is one of the last four in, according to Joe Lunardi’s bracketology, so the Trojans have plenty to play for coming down the stretch.

The Trojans were picked to finish second in the Pac-12 in the coaches preseason poll, and for good reason. They returned the core of last year’s team that went 26-10 last season and upset six-seed SMU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. They boast arguably one of the most talented lineups in the conference, highlighted by point guard Jordan McLaughlin (12.2 points and a conference-best 7.5 assists per game), forward Bennie Boatwright (14.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game), and bonafide NBA-prospect Chimezie Metu (15.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game).

The last time these two faced, USC left Eugene with a tightly-contested, 75-70, win that the Trojans sealed down the stretch. The Trojans are also 10-3 at home this season, so a fierce contest surely awaits on Thursday.

UCLA is in almost an identical situation as USC entering this weekend series. But unlike USC, the Bruins have played well of late. They’ve won four of their last five, which includes a 16-point win over Stanford and an eight-point win over No. 13 Arizona in Tucson.

Star guard Aaron Holiday has played exceptionally well of late, averaging 20.4 points and 7.2 assists over the last five games. He’s currently fourth in the conference in points per game with 19.1 and second in assists at 5.5. Foul trouble limited him to only 14 points on 3-of-10 shooting in the Bruins’ last matchup with the Ducks, a game the Ducks won 94-91.

Both USC and UCLA are top-four in the conference for points scored per game, so the Ducks will need to continue playing the stellar defense they have of late. Oregon held both Washington State and Washington under 40 percent shooting.

With so few games left and so much at stake over these next few weeks, every game takes on more importance for all these teams. Sweeps are ideal, splits could be worse, and getting swept could mean the end of the line for some teams.

No one wants to miss out on the tourney, which should make for some intriguing games this weekend.

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Sweep of Washington schools gives Oregon confidence and momentum heading into crucial stretch

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At this point in the season, Oregon needs to do one thing above all else: Win.

The Ducks did just that on Sunday, completing a sweep of the Washington schools for Oregon’s first weekend sweep of conference opponents this season. What’s more, is that it seems that Oregon has bounced back from its debilitating loss to Stanford last week and gained some much-needed momentum heading into its toughest, and most critical, stretch of the season.

“I’d definitely say we’re jelling more,” Payton Pritchard said. “We kind of moved past the bad loss to Stanford. So we’re making strides.”

With the weekend sweep, Oregon moved into a tie for fourth place in the conference and mightily improved its resume. The blowout win over Washington is arguably the Ducks’ best win of the year.

But Oregon knows it’s not the time to celebrate. Now, it’s time to dig in.

With six games left, Oregon, which is looking to return to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season, will face all five Pac-12 teams with legitimate shots at making the tourney. It’s easily the toughest stretch of Oregon’s season, but that actually plays into Oregon’s favor.

Oregon needs quality wins right now. The Ducks are currently 77th in RPI (per ESPN), a ranking system that the selection committee uses to determine who makes the NCAA Tournament. While the Ducks did jump double-digit spots this weekend, wins over teams like Washington State (179th in RPI) don’t help the Ducks much.

But wins over teams like UCLA and USC, ranked 53rd and 47th in RPI respectively, will. The Ducks will head down to Southern California to play those two next week.

“Going into LA, we’re really going to need to be together,” Pritchard said. “We need to win both, to be quite honest, so we really need to work hard in practice this week and get ready for those two games. … This next trip, LA, will define our destiny in the Pac-12 race.”

The road only gets tougher after that trip. Oregon hosts the Arizona schools (Arizona is 19th and Arizona State 27th) the following weekend before traveling to face the Washington schools (Washington is 45th in RPI) to cap conference play.

“It gives us a really good opportunity because I think the five teams they’re talking about being in the NCAA Tournament, we got each one of them one time,” head coach Dana Altman said.

As of Sunday, the Pac-12 has five teams in position for spots in the tourney according to Joe Lunardi’s bracketology. No. 13 Arizona is the only for sure thing and is currently projected as a four seed. Arizona State is the other probable lock, although after starting the season 12-0 and reaching No. 3 in the AP Poll, the Sun Devils have lost six of their 13 conference games and have dropped from the AP Top 25 altogether. The three other candidates are USC, UCLA and Washington, and are all currently bubble teams.

Oregon is on the outside looking in and knows what’s at stake with these remaining games. With three weeks left in conference play, the Ducks are in true do or die mode if they want an at-large bid. Oregon knows it has a chance and that it won’t be easy by any means.

“We’re going to have our shot,” Altman said. “We’ll see if we’re tough enough and together enough to take advantage of it.”

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Photos: The Oregon Ducks triumph over the Washington State Cougars 84-57

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Oregon forward Troy brown dunks the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Oregon forward Troy brown looks for an open pass. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Forward Kenny Wooten dunks the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Oregon guard Victor Bailey Jr. looks for an open pass. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Ducks forward Troy Brown dodges a defender. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Oregon forward Kenny Wooten dunks the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Oregon forward Troy Brown lunges for the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

The Oregon Ducks celebrate after a score. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Ducks guard Payton Pritchard dunks the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Ducks Troy Brown and Kenny Wooten block a Washington State Cougars. Oregon basketball take on the Washington Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Natalie Waitt-Gibson/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Payton Pritchard (3) defends against Washington State Cougars guard Malachi Flynn (22). Oregon basketball take on the Washington Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks forward Abu Kigab (24) jumps to shoot the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

The Ducks celebrate a point scored. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks forward Troy Brown (0) celebrates his dunk. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Payton Pritchard (3) shoots the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks guard Elijah Brown (5) looks for an open pass. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

The Washington Cougars regroup at a time out. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks forward Troy Brown (0) dives for the ball. Oregon basketball take on the Washington State Cougars at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 11, 2018. (Devin Roux/Emerald)

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