No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 BYU
When: Approximately noon
Record 23-9 23-11
Pts for 81.8 84.8
Pts against 74.0 77.1
FG% .468 .470
Def FG% .442 .426
3PFG% .392 .363
Def 3PFG% .323 .340
3PFG/G 7.8 5.1
Def 3PFG/G 5.7 7.6
FT% .766 .689
Reb margin 1.3 5.2
TO Diff. 2.1 1.5
Avg Steals 7.9 7.3
Avg Blocks 3.4 3.1
• OSU falls to Radford in CBI, C4
MILWAUKEE — Way back on December 21, BYU traveled to Oregon and almost picked up a big road win. The Cougars led by 10 early in the second half, and then faltered down of the stretch of a 100-96 overtime loss.
Fast forward to March, and a rematch that caught everyone by surprise.
The Ducks and Cougars meet again on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Milwaukee. The West Regional matchup of at-large teams comes almost exactly three months after the first game, and no one seems too sure of what still applies from that high-scoring Saturday night.
“We’ve definitely grown since that game, so obviously they’ve grown and come a long way, too,” Oregon forward Mike Moser said. “It will probably be a really different game.”
No. 10 seed BYU (23-11) was in a precarious position on the tournament bubble, going into selection Sunday. It’s the first game for the Cougars since they lost sophomore guard Kyle Collinsworth to a season-ending knee injury in the WCC tournament final against Gonzaga.
“It just means that everyone has to be more aggressive and step up to the challenge,” junior guard Anson Winder said.
Oregon began the season with 13 consecutive victories, and then came crashing down. It dropped eight of 10 in a challenging stretch that included four two-point losses and a four-point setback.
“Defending and rebounding, which we weren’t doing consistently at that time, which I feel like is why we kind of took those skids and some of those losses,” Moser said. “We started doing that on a consistent basis, we started really winning games.”
The Ducks have four players who shoot 80 percent or better from the line, led by Joseph Young at 88 percent. Haws makes 88 percent of his foul shots, and teammate Skyler Halford is at 84.5 percent.
Oregon sophomore Elgin Cook is from Milwaukee, and he’s been hounding his teammates for tickets all week.
“As soon as they called our name and said we’re coming here, he jumped up and he went crazy,” Moser said with a grin.