Ducks Host No. 2 Stanford On Senior Day
EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon wraps up its home regular season schedule with a showdown on Senior Day against No. 2 Stanford on Sunday at 1 p.m. The top two teams in the Pac-12 standings will meet each other for the second time this year after the Cardinal won the first meeting in early January.
Sunday's game will be Oregon's seventh against a ranked opponent this year, six of which have come against top-10 teams. Oregon will look to snap a three-game losing streak in the series against Stanford, while UO trails the all-time series, 58-14.
When: Sunday, Feb. 20
Where: Matthew Knight Arena
Time: 1 p.m. PT
Play-By-Play: Eric Frede | Analyst: Christy Thomaskutty
Stream Link: https://www.espn.com/watch/
Radio: KUGN 590 AM (Eugene); KPAM 860 AM (Portland)
Play-By-Play: Terry Jonz | Analyst: Bev Smith
Fans are invited to remain in their seats following the conclusion of the game, as Oregon will recognize Shannon Dufficy and Nyara Sabally.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
5-0 - Oregon is 5-0 on the season in games decided by five points or fewer, with two of those wins coming vs. currently ranked teams.
14 - Junior guard Endyia Rogers is 14 points away from reaching 1,000 for her career across her time at USC and Oregon.
16 - Oregon players have combined for 16 20-point games this season, tied for the most in the Pac-12 (Stanford).
58.5 - Oregon leads the league in points allowed per game in conference play, giving up just 58.5 PPG in Pac-12 play.
61.8 - Nyara Sabally, Te-Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers have scored 61.8 percent of Oregon's points since Jan. 7.
SPRINT TO THE FINISH
Oregon is in the midst of a busy stretch run of the regular season, as it is currently scheduled to play 11 games during the month of February. The Ducks are playing three games in a week for the third week in a row while six of Oregon's final 10 games are on the road. UO has the most games scheduled this month of any team in the conference while the Ducks are the only Pac-12 team that will be playing three games in a week three times in February. No other Pac-12 team will play three games in a week more than once during the final month of the season while UO will not have more than two days off between games at any point in February. Additionally, Oregon's stretch of four road games in eight days from Feb. 4-11 is one of just six such stretches by a Power 6 team since the 1999-2000 season.
BIG 3 2.0
Since returning to the lineup in early January, Oregon's trio of 2021 All-Pac-12 performers have made a huge impact. Te-Hina Paopao, Endyia Rogers and Nyara Sabally are combining to average 42.3 PPG on the season, including 43.6 per contest in conference play. They are the only trio of teammates in the Pac-12 averaging at least 13.0 PPG on the season, as Sabally ranks seventh in the league with 14.9 PPG while Rogers is 10th at 14.2 per contest and Paopao is 13th putting up 13.2 a game. One of the three have led the team in scoring in 15 of the last 16 games. The Ducks are 12-4 since all three returned to the lineup.
TURNING UP THE PRESSURE
The Ducks have turned up the pressure defensively in recent games, leading the conference in points allowed per game in Pac-12 play at 58.1 PPG. Oregon is also second in the league in field goal percentage defense in conference games, holding teams to 37.3 percent shooting from the field. In the last six games, the Ducks are holding opponents to 53.2 PPG while allowing them to shoot just 31.5 percent from the field, holding teams to under 30 percent in three of those contests.
With the addition of a number of make-up games due to COVID postponements from earlier in the season, Oregon is currently scheduled to play 11 games in the month of February - two more than any other Pac-12 team. The Ducks are heading into their third straight week in which they will be playing three games, which included a stretch of four straight road games against the Arizona schools, Washington State and Oregon State. No other Pac-12 team will play at least three games in a week in February more than once. Additionally, Oregon will be playing six of its final 10 games on the road, capped off by a season-ending trip to the mountains to take on Colorado and Utah after hosting Oregon State, UCLA, California and Stanford to wrap up the home schedule.
Over the first 26 games, Oregon has finished games strong owning a 479-359 (18.4-13.8 PPG) scoring advantage in the fourth quarter. The Ducks have won the final period 17 times, and are outscoring teams by an average of 4.6 points per game in the fourth. Oregon is holding teams to 31.4 percent shooting from the field in the final quarter and is also forcing 4.0 turnovers and out-rebounding teams by 2.4 per game in the final 10 minutes.