Pac-10 Preview: Washington State Goes Duck Hunting Against Oregon

Steve AugerAnalyst IIMarch 10, 2009

Oregon Ducks (8-22, 2-16) vs. Washington State Cougars (16-14, 8-10)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 – 8:30 PM PST

The second game of the opening round of the Pac-10 tournament features the No. 10 seed, the Oregon Ducks, against the No. 7 seed, the Washington State Cougars.

The Cougars swept the season series from the Ducks. They won the first game at Oregon, 74-62, and then annihilated the Ducks, 67-38, at home.

Washington State, long known for their tenacious defense and deliberate offensive pace, held the Ducks to only 38.9 percent from the floor and 17 first half points.

Rebounds, assists, and turnovers were close between the two schools. Free throws, however, were not.

Oregon was only 13-of-21 from the stripe but the Cougars were perfect on the night. They sank a remarkable 28-of-28 attempts.

Taylor Rochestie had 30 points for the Cougars. Aron Baynes recorded a double-double—19 points and 12 boards—and Klay Thompson notched 15 points.

Tajuan Porter and Lekendric Longmire each scored 15 points for the Ducks. Joevan Catron just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine boards.

The Ducks got off to another rough start in the second game, trailing 29-15 at the half.

Washington State held the Ducks to an abysmal 20.8 percent shooting for the game, including only 22.2 percent on threes.

The Cougars on the other hand, were extremely efficient from the floor, making 56.8 percent of their shots and a sizzling 69.2 percent on their threes.

Drew Wiley was the only Duck to crack double figures. And he just barely made it with 10 points.

For the Cougars, Thompson had 25 points, Rochestie 16, and Baynes scored 11 and grabbed nine boards.

Current line: Washington State -8.5

Oregon is 9-18 against the spread with a record of 5-15 as an underdog.

Washington State is 12-16 against the spread with a record of 7-9 as the favorite.

Oregon struggled all season long. They only managed two conference wins, and those came after they dropped the first 14 Pac-10 games they played. The Cougars will win this game. The only question is by how much.

Steve’s pick: Washington State -8.5