Ducks Look to Bounce Back at Portland
EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon will make the trip up I-5 for the first true road contest of the year at Portland on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Ducks will look to bounce back after having their 44-game home nonconference winning streak snapped in a 64-57 loss to UC Davis Wednesday in Matthew Knight Arena. Following Saturday's game against the Pilots, Oregon will have a one-week break before it returns home to host Long Beach State on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.
When: Saturday, Dec. 4
Where: Portland, Ore. (Chiles Center)
Time: 6 p.m.
Play-By-Play: AJ McCord
Live Stream: https://wccsports.com/watch/?sid=473486
Radio: KUGN 590 AM (Eugene); KPAM 860 AM (Portland)
Play-By-Play: Terry Jonz
NUMBERS TO KNOW
1.61 - Oregon leads the country with a 1.61 assist-to-turnover ratio since the start of the 2017-18 season.
23.3 - Oregon is averaging 23.3 bench points per game despite the fact that just eight Ducks have played in all six games.
46.6 - Oregon has scored 46.6 percent of its points in the paint this season, outscoring teams inside in four of the six games.
79 - The Ducks have been ranked in the AP Top 25 in each of the last 79 poll releases dating back to 2017-18.
600 - Oregon head coach Kelly Graves reached 600 career wins across all collegiate levels in the win over Oklahoma.
DUCKS HAVE DEPTH
Oregon's depth has been put to the test through the first six games, as a number of players have played extended minutes due to the absence of several starters and key role players. The Ducks are averaging 23.3 points per game off the bench, while four players are averaging double figures in scoring and nine of the 11 that have seen action this year are scoring at least five points per game. Just eight Ducks have played in all five games this season while UO has had no more than nine players suited up for any of the six games. Ahlise Hurst leads the way among those who have played in every game with 12.2 PPG while Sedona Prince (11.8 PPG) and Sydney Parrish (10.7 PPG) also average double figures.
SERIES HISTORY VS. PORTLAND
Oregon owns a dominant edge in the series between the two teams, leading 30-5 in 35 all-time meetings. The Ducks have won the last five meetings and nine of the last 10 dating back to the 2008-09 season. Oregon has won the last five games between the two schools by an average of 37.2 PPG, scoring 88.8 points per game over that stretch. All five of the Ducks' losses to the Pilots have come on the road, with UO owning a 10-5 advantage in games played in Portland. The two teams met last season in the Chiles Center, with Oregon winning 85-52 behind a strong second half.
Over the first five games, Oregon has finished games strong owning a 129-88 (21.5-14.7 PPG) scoring advantage in the fourth quarter. The Ducks have won the final period in four of the six games, and are outscoring teams by an average of 6.8 points per game in the fourth. In the win over Oklahoma on Nov. 20, the Ducks set a program record for points in a fourth quarter, outscoring the Sooners 38-26.
GOING HARD IN THE PAINT
Oregon has controlled the paint over the first five games of the season, outscoring opponents 212-126 inside. The Ducks, who have four players listed at 6-foot-4 and above, are averaging 35.3 PPG inside while giving up just 21.0 points per contest in the painted area. Oregon is scoring 46.6 percent of its points in the paint while just 33.4 percent of the points the Ducks have allowed have come inside.
RAISING THE STANDARD
Oregon head coach Kelly Graves signed another elite recruiting class, inking four players in the ESPN top 60, including a pair of five-star prospects for the Class of 2022. The Ducks signed the No. 2 recruiting class in the country according to ESPN made up of Kennedy Basham, Chance Gray, Jennah Isai and Grace Vanslooten. Two years ago in 2020, Oregon signed the top overall class in the country according to ESPN.
HURST STEPPING UP
Following injuries to a number of players in Oregon's backcourt, Ahlise Hurst has stepped up and played a huge role early in the year for the Ducks. Hurst leads the team and is tied for third in the Pac-12 averaging 34.5 minutes per game while averaging 12.2 PPG to and a team-leading 1.5 steals per outing. She's shooting 36.8 percent from three-point range and 40.3 percent from the field and is tied for fifth in the league with 14 made threes. Hurst has also scored in double figures in each of the last five games and has made multiple three-pointers in every game.