ARIZONA WILDCATS (14-0)
at OREGON DUCKS (12-2)
Matthew Knight Arena Ė Eugene, OR
Tip-off: Thursday, 9:00 p.m. ET
Line: Arizona -1.5, Total: 142
Oregon will get a crack at No. 3 and undefeated Arizona as the Ducks host the Wildcats Thursday night.
The Ducks arenít ranked, but they are 7-1 SU in their past eight games, wining three straight games by 13+ points. They have a good shot in this one after the Wildcats have nearly lost three games in a row. Arizona most recently eked out a three-point win against Utah, needed a controversial overtime to beat Colorado in the previous game and beat San Diego State by just one point in the game before that.
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Two seniors pace the Arizona offense in Mark Lyons (14.1 PPG, 3.1 APG) and Solomon Hill (13.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG). Lyons, a Xavier transfer, is shooting just 11-of-39 from the floor (28%), including 5-for-18 threes in his past three games. Nick Johnson (12.2 PPG), a sophomore guard, rounds out the double-digit scorers, but he too has been off the mark in the past three games at 7-for-33 FG (21%) and 3-for-15 threes. The team also has a considerable amount of freshman talent, such as 7-foot center Kaleb Tarczewski (6.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG) has struggled to be consistent offensively, but has all the tools to become a threat on the block with his size and athleticism. The same goes for fellow first year F Brandon Ashley (8.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG), who is coming off an 11-point performance against Utah in which he made 5-of-7 field goals.
Oregonís offense has no player averaging a dozen points per game, but there are still five Ducks that average double-digit points. Freshman G Dominic Artis (10.1 PPG) scores the least of this crew, but leads the team in assists (3.6 APG), while freshman Damyean Dotson (team-high 11.8 PPG) shoots 50% FG and has an athletic build with a 6-foot-5 frame. Tony Woods (10.8 PPG) has great size for a center at 6-foot-11, but isnít a great rebounder (3.7 RPG). Forwards Carlos Emory (10.3 PPG) and E.J. Singler (10.2 PPG) round out those five players, but a sixth player to watch is senior F Arsalan Kazemi (8.5 PPG), who paces the team in rebounding (9.8 RPG) and shoots 58% from the floor.