MBB | The Ducks Could Not Miss In Historic Shooting Night vs Cal

Text Story By: Levi Profitt Audio Story By: Cole Rothman

The 22-7 Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball team faced off against the California Golden Bears on Thursday, in the Ducks 2nd to last game of the regular season and second to last home game of the year. Starting off strong, the Ducks stormed out to an early lead off a couple deep 3’s from Senior guard Payton Pritchard, and great shooting from Anthony Mathis. Oregon went into halftime with a 46-20 lead, and continued the onslaught in the 2nd half. The Ducks kept their shooting percentages above 50% after the break, and supplemented their offense and the lead with some great defense on the other end. The Ducks played hard through the final buzzer, and showed out in was a greatly needed performance for them. Oregon easily handled the Golden Bears, 90-56, thanks to a terrific team effort that produced multiple players in double figures and team shooting percentage around 60%.

Coach Dana Altman praised the team’s depth in the game stating that he thought everyone gave them a little something and mentioned the importance of getting 8 or 9 guys going. The Ducks set a Matthew Knight Arena record with their performance behind the line tonight, getting 70.6% of their long balls to fall in the easy victory. Oregon can clinch the 1st seed in the Pac-12 tournament on their home floor Saturday against Stanford, a feat not matched by the Men’s team since 1945.

Audio Story: Cole Rothman

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AUDIO: Oregon MBB Looking For Perfect Home Record

The final two regular season games are here for Oregon Men’s Basketball and the stakes are high. Oregon is half a game behind UCLA in the Pac-12 regular season standings. Oregon plays two late-night games against California and Stanford this weekend with 8pm tip-offs. If Oregon can go 2-0 it will be a historic achievement for Oregon athletics. Both the Oregon Football and Women’s Basketball teams are closing in on undefeated records at home this season, and Oregon MBB is two wins away from adding to that perfection across the board. If Oregon wins both they clinch at least a share of the Pac-12 regular season title, making it the first time in Pac-12 history that the same school has taken championships in football, men’s and women’s basketball. Oregon also bids farewell to notable seniors, including Payton Pritchard, who has more wins in an Oregon Men’s Basketball jersey than any duck.

Senior Guard Payton Pritchard

Senior Forward Shakur Juiston

Head Coach Dana Altman

— Michael Strite