Ducks visit Wildcats in Pac-10 showdown
Tucson,AZ (Sports Network) – A pair of high-scoring Pac-10 powers will
collide in Tucson tonight, as the 10th-ranked Arizona Wildcats play host
to the 15th-ranked Oregon Ducks.
Oregon won 13 straight games to open the season before finally falling to USC
by two points. Since that setback, the Ducks have won back-to-back games,
including a 60-55 decision over Arizona State on Thursday. Oregon is 3-1
against league foes, and all four conference games have been decided by four
points or fewer. While the Ducks are 5-0 away from home this season,
Arizona is a perfect 9-0 at McKale Center.
The Wildcats lost their season opener to Virginia, but they have only lost
one game since then to Washington State in overtime. On Thursday, they played
host to Oregon State and managed an 83-72 victory.
Arizona owns a commanding 38-19 advantage in the all-time series with Oregon,
and the Wildcats have won seven of the last eight meetings.
Bryce Taylor and Aaron Brooks scored 16 points apiece to lead Oregon to its
victory over Arizona State on Thursday, and Malik Hairston pitched in 13 points
and eight rebounds. The teams were close in most statistical categories, and
the Ducks showed a great deal of toughness by finishing on top on the road.
While the Ducks did not put up big offensive numbers in that tilt, they are
averaging 80.5 ppg this season while limiting opponents to 63.2 ppg. Brooks
leads Oregon with 18.0 ppg, and he has dished out 71 assists. Taylor adds 15.9
ppg on 53.3 percent shooting from the floor, and Tajuan Porter checks in with
13.4 ppg. Hairston is close behind with 13.3 ppg, and Maarty Leunen rounds out
the group of double-digit scorers with 11.8 ppg to go along with his 10.0 rpg.
Marcus Williams was outstanding for Arizona in Thursday’s win over Oregon
State, as he scored 27 points to go along with eight rebounds. Chase Budinger
was impressive as well with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Ivan Radenovic
finished with 13 points and eight boards. The Wildcats shot a solid 49.1
percent from the floor and outscored the Beavers 24-10 from the foul line.
Arizona has featured the same starting lineup in all five games thus far, and
all five starters are averaging double figures in scoring. Williams leads the
balanced attack with 17.4 ppg, and Radenovic adds 16.8 ppg and a team-high 7.5
rpg. Budinger is contributing 16.4 ppg, and point guard Mustafa Shakur is
netting 13.9 ppg to go along with a stellar total of 117 assists. Juwann
McClellan rounds out the group with 12.4 ppg for the Wildcats, who are racking
up 86.3 ppg on 51.4 percent shooting from the field.