The Ducks are looking to finish the 2015-16 season perfect at home. They're 17-0 at Matthew Knight Arena this season and have won a school-record 24 straight at home.
Scouting report: No. 13 Oregon.
Game info: 5:30 p.m. (PT) Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena (9,604).
TV: ESPNU (Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).
Coach: Dana Altman is 145-63 (.697) his sixth season with the Ducks. He is 555-306 (.645) in his 27th year as a Division I head coach and 678-330 (.673) overall in 31 years. Altman is one of six active coaches who has posted a winning record in the past 19 seasons. Prior to joining Oregon on April 26, 2010, he spent 16 seasons at Creighton where he became the school’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 327-176 (.650). He led the Blue Jays to 13 consecutive postseason appearances and 11 straight seasons with 20-plus wins. In four seasons (1990-94) at Kansas State, Altman amassed a 68-54 (.557) record. He also had a 15-13 (.536) record in one season (1989-90) at Marshall.
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Prediction: Picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.
Series: Washington leads 189-110 in a series that began February, 12, 1903. The 299 meetings between the two schools is the second most in NCAA history, trailing only Oregon State-Oregon (345). The teams split two games last season with each team winning at home. Oregon has won the past four home games against the Huskies. UW’s last win in Eugene was in 2010. Oregon is 6-4 versus Washington in the past 10 games. Lorenzo Romar is 17-13 all-time against Oregon. Altman is 7-7 against UW.
Last meeting: Former Oregon star Joseph Young, the Pac-12 MVP last season, scored 32 points to lead the Ducks to a 78-74 victory over Washington on Feb. 4, 2015 at Matthew Knight Arena. He converted 12 of 21 field goals and was 4 of 9 on three-pointers. It was a tightly contested game that included 12 ties and 11 lead changes. Neither team was ahead by more than four points in the second half. Tied at 74, Young sank a short jumper with 24 seconds left. The Huskies committed a turnover on the ensuing possession and the Ducks closed the game with two free throws. It was the fourth straight loss for UW. Nigel Williams-Goss had 19 points and six assists.
Previous game: Oregon crushed Washington State 76-62 on Wednesday at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks never trailed and had Washington State down 17-3 after the first five minutes. The Cougars cut the gap to seven twice, but Oregon led 42-27 at halftime. The Ducks finished with a 23-7 edge in points off turnovers and outscored Washington State 15-6 in second-chance points.
Point spread: Oregon is a 10-point favorite.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Dillon Brooks, a 6-7 sophomore forward, will likely finish second in the Pac-12 MVP balloting behind Utah’s Jakob Poeltl. Brooks has quietly put together a stellar season. He leads Oregon with 17.2 scoring average, which is third in the Pac-12. Brooks scored a career-best 30 points against Utah on Feb. 7. He tallied 16 points on Jan. 18, 2015 in an 85-77 loss at Washington. In the rematch, Dillon had eight points in Oregon’s 78-74 win. Last season he was voted to the Pac-12 all-freshman team after averaging 1.5 points and 4.9 rebounds.
— Chris Boucher, a 6-10 senior center, has had a big impact during his first and only season with the Ducks. Altman has had great success with transfers and Boucher is no different. He was the national junior college player in the country last season at Northwest College (Wyoming). He set Oregon’s single-game blocks record with nine against Arizona State. Boucher is on pace to break the school’s single-season blocks record. He leads the Pac-12 with 91. Oregon’s school record is 94. Boucher, a Pac-12 defensive MVP candidate, also averages 12.6 points and 7.8 rebounds.
— Tyler Dorsey, a 6-4 freshman guard, may not receive the accolades as others, but he’s one of the Pac-12 top newcomers. He’s tied with UW’s Marquese Chriss for third among conference freshmen with a 13.2 scoring average. Dorsey was a four-star recruit from Los Angles ranked 38th nationally by ESPN.com. He had a poor three-game shooting stretch at the beginning of the month, but tallied a personal best 25 points last week in a 91-81 win over Oregon State.
— Elgin Cook, a 6-6 senior forward, isn’t flashy. He’s simply solid. He scored a little bit (13.8 points per game). He rebounds at a good pace (4.5 per contest). He’ll dish out some assists (2.0) and he leads Oregon with 1.4 steals per game. Cook gives the Ducks their grit. He’s a no-nonsense competitor.
— It’s the final home game for Oregon, which is looking to finish the 2015-16 season perfect at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks are 17-0 at home this season and they’ve won a school-record 24 straight home games. It’s the fifth longest active winning streak among Division I teams.
— The Ducks are 92-13 (.875) all-time at Matthew Knight Arena since the building opened in 2011.
— In many of the latest NCAA tournament projections, the Ducks are considered a No. 2 seed. With a strong finish, they could possibly capture a No. 1 seed.
— This is the only meeting between the teams this season. Due to the unbalanced schedule in the Pac-12, Oregon won’t play a game in the state of Washington for the first time since 1903.
— The Ducks set the school’s single-season blocks record again this season. It’s the fourth time that’s happened under Altman. Oregon has 170, which ranks second in the Pac-12 behind Washington.
— It’s a great luxury for Oregon to bring a guy like Jordan Bell off the bench. The 6-9 sophomore forward set the team’s single-season blocks record last season. He’s also holds the school’s all-time record with 215. Bell averages 6.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 19.8 minutes as a reserve.
— Senior Dwayne Benjamin is another Oregon reserve who could start on most Pac-12 teams. The 6-7 forward is a physical player who relies more on effort than athleticism to average 8.1 points and 2.7 rebounds.
— Sophomore point guard Casey Benson isn’t much of a scoring threat – he averages 5.7 points – but he’s a phenomenal playmaker. Benson leads the nation with a 5.1-to-1 turnover-to-assist ratio. He averages 3.1 assists and just 0.6 turnovers.
— If you’re wondering why the RPI loves the Ducks well, they went 3-1 against 2015 NCAA Tournament teams during the nonconference season with wins against Baylor, Valparaiso and UC Irvine and a loss at Boise State.
— Oregon will likely get better next season. The Ducks lose Boucher, Cook and Benjamin, but they add Altman’s highest rated recruiting class that includes Rainier Beach High standout forward Keith Smith. Oregon also brings in point guard Peyton Pritchard, the state’s player of the year in 2015, and M.J. Cage, a 6-9 center from California who is the son of former Sonic Michael Cage.
— Oregon has used four different lineups this season. The starting five (below) is 18.4.