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GameDay Hoops Blog: Oregon vs WSU

No. 16 Oregon (16-2, 5-0) returns to Matthew Knight Arena riding a seven-game winning streak and will put it on the line against Washington State (10-8, 1-4) with tip at 6:30 PM.

Damyean Dotson and Tony Woods look to have huge games against WSU.

The game will be broadcast also on the Pac-12 Networks.

Last weekend Oregon got a huge road-sweep beating USC and then No. 24 UCLA. The Ducks haven't lost in 2013 and are riding an 18-game home winning streak. Amid many streaks the Ducks are starting to pick up national attention from the media. Oregon's depth, youth, and front-line have all been huge for this surprise start.

The Cougars meanwhile have had a rough start to the Pac-12 season. In their last game, at home against Colorado star player Brock Motum scored a season-low 13 points as they lost 58-49. In fact Washington State's only win in the Pac-12 so far has been against lowly Utah. When the Cougars hit the road for a true road game they've failed to win one and are 0-3. They are also 2-2 in neutral-site games. That said Washington State has been tough to put away. In four of their eight losses the Cougars have lost by five or fewer points.

The Ducks are the better team and should win but Washington State has maybe the league's best individual player in Motum and in those cases you can never say never.

If Oregon can win Wednesday night the Ducks would start league play 6-0 for the first time since the 1925-26 season, when they were members of the Pacific Coast Conference. That team finished the 1925-26 season 18-4 and a perfect 10-0 PCC regular season.

Follow the game action here.

Projected Starters

Washington State

G - DeVonte Lacy SO 6-foot-3 9.6 ppg 2.6 rpg
G - Royce Woolridge SO 6-foot-3 7.7 ppg 2.6 rpg
F - Mike Ladd SR 6-foot-5 10.8 ppg 5.9 rpg
F - D.J. Shelton JR 6-foot-10 5.1 ppg 5.6 rpg
C - Brock Motum SR 6-foot-10 19.1 ppg 6.5 rpg

Oregon

G - Dominic Artis FR 6-foot-1 10.3 ppg 3.8 apg
G - Damyean Dotson FR 6-foot-5 11.9 ppg 3.8 rpg
F - E.J. Singler SR 6-foot-6 10.4 ppg 5.2 rpg 3.0 apg
F - Carlos Emory SR 6-foot-5 10.4 ppg 4.5 rpg
C - Tony Woods SR 6-foot-11 11.3 ppg 3.7 rpg

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