Ducks Close Out Regular Season At Utah
EUGENE, Ore. - Coming off of a heartbreaking double overtime loss in Boulder, No. 25 Oregon will look to finish the regular season strong when it plays at Utah on Saturday. The Ducks erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to force OT against Colorado, but came up short in the second overtime. Oregon will now need a win over the Utes in order to clinch a first-round bye in next week's Pac-12 Tournament.
The Ducks have won each of the last 12 meetings against Utah, including four in a row in Salt Lake City, and own a 23-9 lead in the all-time series between the two schools.
When: Saturday, Feb. 26
Where: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Time: 12 p.m. PT
TV: Pac-12 Oregon
Play-By-Play: Krista Blunk | Analyst: Amanda Smith
Stream Link: https://pac-12.com/live?networks=P12ORG
Radio: KUGN 590 AM (Eugene); KPAM 860 AM (Portland)
Play-By-Play: Terry Jonz
A WIN WOULD...
» Clinch a first-round bye for Oregon in the Pac-12 Tournament.
» Lock up the No. 2 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, ensuring the Ducks will finish no lower than a tie for second in the league.
» Be Oregon's 13th in a row over Colorado dating back to the 2015-16 season.
» Give Oregon its fifth in a row over Utah in Salt Lake City.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
4.5 - Oregon is outscoring teams 528-404 in the fourth quarter this year, winning the fourth by an average of 4.5 PPG (18.9-14.4).
19 - Oregon players have combined for 19 20-point games this season, the most of any Pac-12 team.
24.8 - The Ducks are holding teams to 24.8 percent shooting from three-point range over the last eight games.
34 - Oregon's 34 points in the fourth quarter at Colorado were the third-most scored in a final quarter in program history.
62.8 - Nyara Sabally, Te-Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers have scored 62.8 percent of Oregon's points since Jan. 7.
SPRINT TO THE FINISH
Oregon has had one of the busiest schedules in the country since the start of February. The Ducks have played 10 games in since Feb. 1, a number that is tied for the most among all teams nationally and more than any other Power 5 team. Oregon's 11 scheduled games in the month are two more than any other Pac-12 school while it has played three games in a week three times in February, with no other team in the league doing so more than once. During that stretch of three-game weeks, the Ducks went 3-0 in their first game of a week, 2-1 in their second game and 0-3 in the third game. Oregon will also go the entire month without having more than two days off in between games.
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 43.2 PPG on the season, including 44.5 per contest vs. Pac-12 teams. 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 eighth at 14.7 per contest and Paopao is 12th putting up 13.6 a game. One of the three have led the team in scoring in 17 of the last 18 games. All three are also averaging at least 14.0 PPG vs. league opponents.
TURNING UP THE PRESSURE
The Ducks have turned up the pressure defensively in recent games, currently second in the conference in points allowed per game in Pac-12 play at 60.9 PPG. Oregon is also second in the league in field goal percentage defense in conference games, holding teams to 37.8 percent shooting from the field. In the last eight games, the Ducks are holding opponents to 58.9 PPG while allowing them to shoot just 34.0 percent from the field, including just 24.8 percent from three-point range.
Throughout the season, Oregon has finished games strong owning a 528-404 (18.9-14.4 PPG) scoring advantage in the fourth quarter. The Ducks have won the final period 18 times, and are outscoring teams by an average of 4.5 points per game in the fourth. Oregon is holding teams to 33.1 percent shooting from the field in the final quarter and is also forcing 3.9 turnovers and out-rebounding teams by 2.3 per game in the final 10 minutes.
» Outscored Colorado 34-25 in the fourth quarter Wednesday to force overtime.
» The 34 points are the third-most UO has scored in a fourth quarter in school history.
PUTTING UP A 20 SPOT
A number of Oregon players have delivered 20-point performances on the season, as six different Ducks have combined for 19 20-point games. The Ducks have had a 20-point scorer in 10 of the last 15 games, while multiple players have reached the 20-point mark in a same game six times. Overall, Oregon has had a at least one 20-point scorer in 13 games this season while the six different players with a 20-point game are the most of any Pac-12 team. (See pg. 8 for full list of 20-point gms)
» Leading the conference with 19 total 20-point games, after Endyia Rogers (28) and Nyara Sabally (22) each had one at Colorado.
» Just the third time since at least 1999-00 that a UO team has had at least six different players turn in a 20-point game.
» Nyara Sabally leads the team with six, Te-Hina Paopao has five, Sydney Parrishand Endyia Rogers have three.
» Sedona Prince and Kylee Watson have one 20-point game each.