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Ducks visit Huskies for NIT action

The Washington Huskies wanted revenge against the Oregon Ducks and their 25-point victory in February and the Ducks gave the pac-12 regular season champions their wish with a 108-97 victory over Iowa Sunday.

The Ducks will need Ashaolu and his interior play Tuesday night.

Now we get a very interesting rubber match between rivals in the quarterfinals of the 2012 NIT. Winner gets the final bragging rights and most importantly they get to keep playing.

Oh, and they get to play in little known arena known as Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The Ducks will play at Washington Tuesday evening in front of what is expected to be a packed house. As of 7 pm it was reported that over 8,000 fans had purchased tickets and Oregon plans on sending a strong contingent including their pep band to Seattle.

Washington controlled the first game up in Seattle and won 82-57. It was a game where Oregon was never really in it while Washington was able to do whatever they wanted against the Ducks. Washington guard C.J. Wilcox led the Huskies off the bench with 24 points while freshman of the year Tony Wroten added 17 points, five assists, and one steal. The Ducks were led by E.J. Singler who scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. It was also the only game senior guard Devoe Joseph failed to score double-digits and finished with just four points on 1-of-13 shooting.

Both teams are coming off impressive wins with Washington beating Northwestern 76-55 Friday night and Oregon's high-scoring affair with Iowa Sunday afternoon.

Oregon hasn't one in Seattle since Jan. 2, 2010 when the Ducks posted a 90-79 victory over the Huskies.

But this Oregon team is vastly improved since the Ducks and Huskies matched up against each other.

The Ducks have been on fire of late averaging 90 points over their last five games and are getting solid contributions from multiple players.

E.J. Singler was big in both games against Washington this year. Will have make it three in a row?

Last game it was Olu Ashaolu's 22 points and six dunks against Iowa and Carlos Emory's career high 19 points.

But the Washington Huskies haven't forgotten the game in Eugene either and the Ducks could be the reason why Washington didn't make the NCAA Tournament.

"We owe them something," senior forward Darnell Gant said after Friday's win over Northwestern to the Seattle Times. "They got us good at their place and no one has forgotten that."

"We're going to come out pumped and ready," freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr. told the Seattle Times. "They pretty much embarrassed us last time, in Eugene, so it'll be about revenge."

Washington's head coach Lorenzo Romar talked following Washington's win over Northwestern about the Ducks improved play and catching his eye.

"We have a tough challenge ahead of us," Romar said in a statement released by the school. "The last time we played them, they were terrific. We have been watching them ever since and they have been on a roll. They are playing extremely good basketball.

"This is a game where we have a chance to go to New York โ€” we are both fighting for that. It should be a great ballgame."

Oregon (24-9) at Washington (23-10)
Location: Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, WA
Date: March 20th, 2012 at 6 PM PST
TV: ESPN,, and Xbox Live (Dave Flemming pxb, Sean Farnham analyst

Devoe Joseph will have to have a better game than his last time in Seattle for Oregon to win.

Projected Starters

Washington Starters

G- Abdul Gaddy 6-foot-3 JR 8 ppg
G- Tony Wroten 6-foot-5 FR 16 ppg
G- Terrence Ross 6-foot-6 SO 16 ppg
F- Darnell Gant 6-foot-8 SR 7.1 ppg
C- Aziz N'Diaye 7-foot JR 8.1 ppg

Oregon Starters

G- Garrett Sim 6-foot-2 SR 12.3 ppg
G- Devoe Joseph 6-foot-4 SR 16.9 ppg
F- E.J. Singler 6-foot-6 JR 13.4 ppg
F- Jeremy Jacob 6-foot-8 SR 4.4 ppg
C- Tony Woods 6-foot-11 JR 6.5 ppg

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