GameDay Hoops Blog: No. 16 UO vs CU

The No. 19th-ranked Oregon Ducks (18-4, 7-2) will host Colorado (14-7, 5-4) tonight in an important home Pac-12 contest set for 7PM. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU with the nation watching to see how Oregon handles their first two-game losing streak since March of 2011. The Ducks are riding a 20-game winning streak at home, third-longest home winning streak of all time at Oregon.

The No. 19th ranked Oregon Ducks will look to improve to 19-4 overall in 2012 with a game against Colorado.

Freshman point guard Dominic Artis is set to miss his fourth straight game with a foot injury while junior Johnathan Loyd is probable tonight after a hand injury at Cal.

Despite losing both games last weekend during their Bay Area trip Oregon sits in a tie for first place in the Pac-12 with Arizona. Last night the Wildcats won a tough home game against Stanford and it now puts pressure on Oregon to continue to win and remain tied for first.

Colorado is also coming off a bad loss when they fell on the road last saturday to Utah 58-55. Sophomore point guard Spencer Dinwiddie led the Buffs with 18 points while junior Andre Roberson added 10 points, 12 rebounds, and four steals. Like Oregon the Buffs have balance in their scoring with four players, all starters, scoring in double figures. Dinwiddie leads the Buffs with 14.7 points a game. Sophomore Askia Booker is just behind Dinwiddie with 14.1 per game. Freshman Josh Scott averages 12.1 and junior Andre Roberson scores 10.8.

The Buffs lone starter not to score in double digits is freshman Xavier Johnson who scores 7.9 per game.

Tonight's game isn't only important for the 2012-13 Pac-12 regular season race but also for Oregon's RPI. The Ducks face Colorado tonight and one other time this year. Outside of the two Colorado games Oregon won't play another team inside the RPI Top-50. This might be Oregon's last chance to claim a marquee win in the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee's eyes.

Projected Starters

Colorado

G - Spencer Dinwiddie SO 6-foot-6 14.7 ppg 3.3 rpg
G - Askia Booker SO 6-foot-1 14.1 ppg 3.8 rpg
F - Xavier Johnson FR 6-foot-6 7.9 ppg 4.2 rpg
F - Andre Roberson JR 6-foot-7 10.8 ppg 11.6 rpg
C - Josh Scott FR 6-foot-10 12.1 ppg 5.4 rpg

Oregon

G - Johnathan Loyd JR 5-foot-8 3.2 ppg 2.5 apg
G - Damyean Dotson FR 6-foot-5 11.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg
F - E.J. Singler SR 6-foot-6 10.8 ppg 4.7 rpg
F - Arsalan Kazemi SR 6-foot-7 8.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg
C - Tony Woods SR 6-foot-11 10.8 ppg 3.7 rpg

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