The Oregon Ducks women’s basketball team is set to take on the No. 9 UCLA Bruins on February 17th at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks are currently 11-14 on the season and 8-5 on their home court. The team has struggled this season against conference teams with only a 2-11 record beating only Arizona and Arizona State. Nonetheless, the team has several star players including Philipina Kyei who has had 16 double-doubles this season proving to be both a major offensive and defensive standout. Chance Gray has been a major offensive standout averaging 14.1 points per game and .382 from the three-point line, the best lines of any of the starters.

Grace VanSlooten is averaging more points than anybody 15.3 per game with 34 minutes of playing time per game.

The UCLA Bruins are on fire with a 19-4 record on the season with all four of their losses coming within conference play putting them at number nine ranked nationwide. In their previous game against Oregon, they were unstoppable winning 75-49 at home against the Ducks. Charisma Osborne has led offensively with an average of 15.2 points scored and 32.6 minutes played per game. Following Closely behind is Lauren Betts with 15 points scored and 24.4 minutes played per game, In addition to this Betts is the defensive star with 2.2 blocks and 8.6 rebounds per game on average.

The ultimate factor going into this game is the depth of each team. UCLA has five players currently averaging 10 or more points per game meanwhile Oregon has three averaging above 10. Defensively we see a similar story with four players averaging five or more rebounds a game while Oregon has only two. Since UCLA can rotate players in and out on a far more consistent basis this gives them a huge advantage. Oregon cannot rely on Van Slooten and Kyei and expect to win here, others are going to have to play above average to give the Bruins a challenge.

UCLA is the favorite Going into this game at Matthew Knight, they have the better record and a deeper team as well as a 75-49 victory against Oregon earlier in the season. This does not mean however that this game is a complete shoo-in. Oregon played very well against No. 11 Oregon State on February 4th, only losing by four points. They have shown they can challenge ranked teams. However, if UCLA plays like they did the last time against Oregon they will be very hard to beat.

Final Score prediction UCLA 71, Oregon 59.

PREVIEW: Oregon Baseball Set to Open Its Season in Texas

Written by: Ben Schoenfield

Oregon Baseball takes on Oklahoma, Baylor, and #18 Texas Tech down in the Shriner’s Children College Showdown in Arlington, Texas. The Oregon Ducks went 41-22 (16-14) and won their first Pac-12 Championship. The Oregon Ducks are coming off of a Super Regional finish last year, where they fell to Oral Roberts in heartbreaking fashion. The Ducks lost five key pieces in the draft in Sabin Ceballos, Rikuu Nashida, Josh Mollerus, Colby Shade and Jace Stoffal. They also lost five 2023 commits to the draft which included Noble Meyer, a top 10 pick, and Eric Bionti. Oregon lost Tanner Smith and Drew Cowley to graduation and Andrew Mosiello and Josiah Cromwick to the transfer portal. The last loss to Oregon this season is star pitcher Isaac Ayon suffered a season ending injury for the second straight season. Even with all of those losses, heading into their final Pac-12 season, Oregon has kept Jacob Walsh, Bennett Thompson, and Logan Mercado as well as many others. Below is a little about all of Oregon’s opponents over this weekend.

Oklahoma:

Oklahoma is headed into their last season in the Big 12. Last year they went 32-28 (11-13) and lost in the Charlottesville Regional. The Big 12 was a loaded conference and had five teams make super regionals. The Sooners are returning three of their top five hitters and a lot of their bullpen. Although they do not have any returning starting pitchers. Out of all of their returning pitchers they made a combined nine starts last year. Last year Oklahoma scored on average over 6.5 runs a game while having almost two stolen bases a game.

Baylor:

The Baylor Bears are coming off of a disappointing season and are looking to get back on the right track. Last year they went 20-35 (6-18) and their season ended without going to the Big 12 tournament. They are bringing back five of their top seven hitters, and two of their top 4 starting pitchers. But pitching was Baylor’s downfall last year with their top two main starters both having an era above 7.50. Last year they averaged just under 5.5 runs a game on over 8.5 hits a game. They will be looking to keep up that offensive intensity to start the season. 

Texas Tech:

The Texas Tech Red Raiders come into the season ranked #18 in the country and went 41-23 (12-12) last season and got booted in the Gainesville Regional. They were ranked as high as 14th in USA Today Coaches Poll and finished the year in 28th in terms of received votes. Texas Tech ended their regular season disappointingly by going 4-6 in their final 10 Big 12 games.  The Red Raiders are returning six of their top nine hitters and four of their top six starting pitchers. They scored on average over eight runs a game on over 10.5 hits a game. Their offensive firepower is something to keep an eye on in their game against the Ducks.