Lights will be shining tonight as the Oregon basketball team heads south seeking for revenge against the UCLA Bruins.
After a disappointing two-point loss earlier this season at Mathew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore., the Ducks are sure to be looking for some retribution as they head to Los Angeles to take on a highly talented Bruins team that is looking to bounce back after an upset loss against the Stanford Cardinals.
Since last month when the two teams played each other, both teams have gone 4-2. For the Ducks, they are riding a three game win streak after finding a way to come back and hold off the Washington State Cougars last Sunday. The Ducks were trailing 31-24 at the half surprisingly, but were able to outscore the Cougars by 21 in the second half and come out with a 67-53 win. Senior forward Mike Moser led the Ducks by hitting a season-high five 3-pointers, and finished with 21 points. The Ducks were playing without sophomore Damyean Dotson, who had started the previous 60 games. Dotson, 19, was given a citation after getting caught trying to enter a campus-area bar with a fake I.D. Coach Dana Altman addressed the media and has confirmed that Dotson will be flying with the team to UCLA, which might suggest that Dotson will receive some playing time once again.
As for the Bruins, well they are just looking to get back on the right path as the Pac 12 tournament is coming up. As of today, the Bruins are sitting at number two in the standings with a 10-4 record. Right behind them are Arizona State, Colorado, Stanford, and California, who all have a 9-6 conference record. After the home match-ups versus Oregon and Oregon State this weekend, the Bruins will head up to finish at Washington and Washington State. If the Bruins are able to hold onto the number two seed, they will have a first round bye at the Pac 12 tournament.
This year’s Pac 12 tournament will be held in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena once again, stretching from March 12-15.
How ever things shape up tonight, it is guaranteed to be a great game. I would imagine that UCLA would protect their home court with a win; especially since the Bruins only have one loss on the season at home. However, the Ducks always fight hard when it comes down to the end of the season. I don’t see any let-up in the Ducks tonight, and expect them to make it a close one until the last second once again.