Familiarity won’t be an issue when Oregon meets Colorado in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament. Oregon has won four straight and six of seven, including a 90-81 victory over the Buffaloes on March 1 when it shot 54.4 percent from the field. For Colorado to spring the upset, it must play better than it did in its 53-41 win over Utah on Wednesday in the first round. The Buffaloes shot 34.9 percent from the field and led by only two with six minutes left before pulling away on the strength of solid defense all game long combined with the inability to get in any offensive rhythm.
Andre Roberson lead the Buffs with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists and one block. Carlon Brown and Spencer Dinwiddle also scored in double figures for the Buffs. The Ducks enter tonight's game as a 3 seed in the tournament. They have a record of 22-8 and are 13-5 in conference games. Oregon knows that they have to win tonight's game in order to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. The Ducks are playing as well as any team in the conference right now, winning 7 of their last 9 games.
The Buffs are a 6 seed in the tournament and have a record of 20-11 and are 11-7 in Pac-12 play. Colorado would most likely have to win the entire Pac-12 Tournament in order to make the field of 68. Oregon and Colorado have split their regular season series, each team having won at home. Colorado won the first meeting on February 4th by one point in Boulder. Oregon won the second meeting at Matthew Knight Arena on March 1st 90-81.
The Ducks are playing their best basketball of the season right now, which players say is the result of good chemistry and a high confidence. In order to advance they will need the consistency they've got all season from Joseph, Singler and Sim, and increased productivity from Carlos Emory will surely help. I side with the quicker more balanced offense Ducks here who also will use their height advantage to cash in on second chance opportunities.