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Hoops host Cougars in Pac-12 clash

Can Oregon keep pace and get them back into a tie for first place come Monday morning in the Pac-12?

Olu Ashaolu had a double-double last time out against the Washington State Cougars. Can he do it again?

A win against Washington State by the Ducks today and then UCLA and Oregon State getting wins over Cal and Washington will do just that.

In fact if that scenario happens, which is very possible, the Pac-12 would have a five-way tie for first place among Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. Plus the UCLA Bruins would just be a game out of first place as well.

Back to the task at hand where the Ducks will host a Washington state team that the Ducks blew out on the Cougar’s home court to open Pac-12 play earlier this season today. The Cougars however got an impressive performance Thursday blowing out Oregon State on the road and come to Eugene looking for a sweep and preventing Oregon of their own sweep.

“They had a big win over Oregon State and we know we will get a really good shot from them,” Altman said following the Ducks win Thursday over Washington.

The Cougar’s best player has been junior Brock Motum all year long as the 6-foot-10 forward has developed into one of the league’s best scoring threats and rebounders and comes into Saturday’s game averaging 17 points and 6.9 rebound a game. Both stats are in the top-five for the Pac-12.

“We need to stop Brock Motum,” said E.J. Singler about the Cougar’s best player. “He’s been playing really well lately and he’s been scoring the ball.”

Last time out it was Oregon’s Olu Ashaolu who dominated the Cougars in the paint as he constantly got good looks and slam dunks and finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Can Ashaolu duplicate the production then but this time at home?

Or how about junior forward Carlos Emory who has come alive the last four games in Pac-12 play? Emory had 18 points and eight rebounds against the Huskies and has averaged 10.7 points and six rebounds the last four outings for the Ducks.

But questions still loom about this Oregon team and how they handle big wins and especially at home. Will they be ready come Saturday and fully moved on from their blowout win Thrusday?

“We are going to have to turn around and get focused and ready for this one," said Dana Altman.

Date: February 11, 2012
Location: Eugene, OR and Matthew Knight Arena 12,500
Time: 3 p.m. pst
TV: None
Radio: KUJZ 95.3 The Score (Eugene,OR) with Jerry Allen on the call

Projected starters

Washington State 13-11, 5-7)

G- Marcus Capers 6-foot-4 SR 5.1 ppg
G- Reggie Moore 6-foot-1 JR 9.1 ppg
G- DaVonte Lacy 6-foot-3 FR 9.4 ppg
F- Abe Lodwick 6-foot-7 5.2 ppg
F- Brock Motum 6-foot-10 17.5 ppg

Oregon

G- Garrett Sim 6-foot-2 SR 11.8 ppg
G- Devoe Joseph 6-foot-4 SR 15.7 ppg
F- E.J. Singler 6-foot-6 JR 13 ppg
F- Jeremy Jacob 6-foot-8 SR 4.8 ppg
C- Tony Woods 6-foot-11 JR 6.7 ppg

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