Oregon knows going into today’s game against Iowa that this will be their final home game of the season with top-seed Washington beating Northwestern Friday night.
Now the Ducks want to make sure Sunday afternoon’s tip isn’t their last.
The winner between the Ducks and Hawkeyes will advance to the quarterfinals on Tuesday for a chance to play in Madison Square Garden.
While this game is played in the NIT the Iowa and Oregon have notched some solid wins and this game should be at minimum entertaining.
Iowa has beaten teams like Wisconsin(twice), Michigan State, and Indiana so they shouldn’t be taken lightly. They have improved as the season wore on despite multiple losing streaks early in the year. They are a club with a few vets but also some impressive young prospects.
How those three play could decide Oregon’s outcome Sunday.
Oregon is a three seed in the tournament and are coming off an impressive 96-76 victory last Tuesday over LSU in the first round. Iowa is a seven seed and won a home game last Tuesday night over Dayton 84-75.
Iowa leads the all-time series over the Ducks 5-0 but the last time these two teams have met was back in the 1962 Far West Classic, which Iowa won 62-48.
The Ducks haven’t faired very well against the Hawkeyes or the Big-10 for that matter. Oregon is just 17-37 overall against teams from the Big 10 but Oregon did notch one of those victories earlier this season when they won at Nebraska earlier in the year.
Iowa is led by Matt Gatens who scores 15 a game and is lethal from three point range as well. Freshman Aaron White joined by Melshan Basabe, and Zach McCabe all work in and around the paint on offense. White is the best post for the Hawkeyes and is more of a face-up four man that plays a similar game to E.J. Singler. Stopping White will be key for the Ducks.
White was voted Big-10 all-freshman team.
But for Oregon this game has lots of meaning beyond advancing and getting another game. This will truly be the last home game for five Oregon seniors and most notably Garrett Sim who was very emotional during his senior day presentation.
A large crowd is expected but plenty of seats are still available.
Time: 2 pm PST
Location: Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena
TV: ESPNU and ESPNwatch.com, ESPN3.com, and through XboxLive
Teams: Oregon (23-9) vs. Iowa(18-16)
G- Matt Gatens 6-5 SR 15.4 ppg
G- Bryce Cartwirght 6-1 SR 5.8 ppg
F-Roy Devyn Marble 6-6 SO 10.9 ppg
F- Zach McCabe 6-7 SO 7.8 ppg
F- Aaron White 6-8 FR 10.8 ppg
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