EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon shaved a series of undefeated teams in college basketball down to 5 with an 89-87 win over second-ranked UCLA on Wednesday night.
The Ducks will demeanour to cut that list to 4 on Friday.
No. 21 Oregon (12-2, 1-0 Pac-12) takes a 10-game winning strain into Matthew Knight Arena when it hosts No. 22 USC (14-0, 1-0).
The Ducks extended a nation’s second-longest active home winning strain to 34 games when youth brazen Dillon Brooks done a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to lead Oregon to an dissapoint win over a Bruins in a Pac-12 Conference opener.
“That felt good, anytime we strike a game-winner, it feels good,” Brooks said. “We will applaud it for now and afterwards pierce on to another undefeated group in USC. They are an athletic, immature team.”
USC posted a 70-63 win over Oregon State on Wednesday, stability a best start given going 16-0 in 1971-72.
Trojans sophomore core Chimezie Metu pronounced a group is holding a elementary proceed opposite a Ducks.
“We’re usually going to (go) on in there and play hard,” Metu told a Pac-12 Network. “We’re not disturbed about a record. We’re usually going to go in there and usually try to play as tough as we can and try to win.”
Playing tough — and personification good — hasn’t been a problem for USC.
“That is a good descent group personification with extensive confidence,” Oregon manager Dana Altman pronounced of a Trojans. “You win 14 games and we are going to rebound around like we know what we are doing, and they do. We are going to have to play good Friday night. There can't be a letdown emotionally.”
Oregon had a initial sellout throng opposite UCLA as it softened to 9-0 during home after going 18-0 final deteriorate during Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon’s home winning strain trails usually Kansas’ 46-game run.
“I am usually unequivocally gratified that we are starting to build something here during home,” Altman said. “This is a place, and we consider a fans felt a bit of that. The plea again Friday is to keep a strain going. That is what we are ostensible to do during home.”
Oregon was behind during full strength opposite UCLA when heading scorer Chris Boucher returned after blank dual games with a sprained ankle. The 6-foot-10 comparison played 27 mins off a dais opposite UCLA and finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds.
“I played him a small some-more than we suspicion we would,” Altman said. “We indispensable his 7 rebounds.”
Brooks played a season-high 35 mins opposite UCLA while heading Oregon with 23 points and 9 rebounds. The preseason All-American missed a initial 3 games following offseason feet medicine and came off a dais in his initial 8 appearances before starting a past 3 games.
“I feel so good for Dillon,” Altman said. “Dillon had a severe 5 months. He was vehement about his youth year and he loves a game, so for him to strike that after his struggles, it was good.”
Altman will have to adjust his starting lineup to get Boucher and Brooks in during a start since those dual have not started in a same diversion all season.
Boucher leads Oregon with averages of 13.7 points and 2.9 blocked shots per diversion while grabbing 7.6 rebounds. Brooks is second on a group during 13.6 points per diversion followed by ensure Tyler Dorsey during 13.4.
Junior ensure Elijah Stewart leads 5 Trojans in double total with 15 points per game, while youth ensure Jordan McLaughlin averages 14.4 points and 5.0 assists per game.
Metu leads a group with 7.9 rebounds while scoring 13.5 points per diversion after he contributed 19 points and 8 rebounds in a win over Oregon State.
“Just being studious and holding what a invulnerability gives me,” Metu said. “Just personification to my strengths.”
Sophomore ensure Shaqquan Aaron is averaging 10.2 points per game.
The Trojans are but 6-foot-10 sophomore Bennie Boatwright, who averaged 10.8 points in 5 games before nutritious a knee twist that is approaching to keep him out until subsequent month.
Oregon has won 12 true games opposite USC.