IT’S OVER — Oregon wins 81-76.
HANGING AROUND — Andrews missed two free throws that would have been helpful. UO 70-61, 2:05.
BEAUTIFUL EXECUTION — The Ducks are working their offense to perfection at times. Singler did a nice job of being patient and waiting for everyone to screen and move. Finally Loyd broke free and had a uncontested layup. This one is almost over. UO 70-56, 3:59.
NAIL MEET COFFIN — Got to wonder if the Huskies have another run in them. This one is getting out of hand really fast. UO 64-51, 7:51.
THAT HURTS — Washington did a good job defensively and forced a desperate three from Loyd. However, Kazemi outbattled Simmons for the offensive rebound and got fouled on the putback. UO 62-51, 9:12.
UH-OH — The Ducks have their largest lead 59-48, 10:26.
FOUL TROUBLE — Andrews has four fouls. He’s out. Suggs is back in. UO 56-48, 11:02.
STILL ANYONE’S GAME — Looked as if the Ducks were going to deliver a knockout blow. However, Wilcox drained a three-pointer to stop a streak of four possessions without a basket. N’Diaye followed up with a hook shot. UO 52-45, 11:43.
TURNING POINT? — Singler gets two steals that leads to five points. He picked Simmons, which led to fast break layup. On the ensuing possession, he stripped Suggs and scored on a layup. Then UW got called for a five-second violation and Singler drained a long jumper. It’s the Ducks’ largest lead. UO 50-40, 14:18.
ONE-POSSESSION GAME — The offenses are bogged down again. Passes are going all over the place. Players are diving on the floor for loose balls. UO 43-40, 15:09.
SECOND HALF — Same starters for both teams. UO 41-36, 16:39.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Strange game. In many ways both teams are struggling offensively if you consider the turnovers. Washington has 15 TOs, Oregon 12. But then, the Huskies are shooting 65 percent from the field, which would be a season high if it were to continue. The Ducks are shooting 59.1 percent.
So when they can get their shots up, the offenses are working well. But it’s been a chore getting the offenses started.
N’Diaye and Gaddy have three turnovers each while Simmons, Wilcox, Andrews and Kemp each have two.
There are few areas of concern for the Huskies. They’re 5 of 8 on free throws while Oregon is 9 of 12. Simmons, Suggs and Kemp each have two fouls.
The Ducks are also on pace to score 74 points.
Still, Washington has done a nice job of finding points while Wilcox was handcuffed. Andrews (11 points) is on pace to break his career best of 17. Suggs (seven points) took over offensively until Wilcox (eight points) was able to find a few holes in the Oregon defense.
The Huskies have to slow down Oregon’s offense. They can’t trade baskets. However, it difficult to slow down Oregon because it has so many weapons. Who figured Emory would lead the Ducks with nine points. Singler has eight, Woods six.
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HALFTIME — UO 37-33.
EMORY TAKING OVER — Emory drained a desperate three-pointer as the shot clock expired and swept into the lane for a running layup. He has nine for the Ducks. Meanwhile, Andrews paces the Huskies with 11. Wilcox is starting to heat up. He has 8. UO 35-31, 1:38.
DUNK SHOW — Emory is putting on a show. He flushed another highlight dunk. This time sailing in from the wing on a fast break to hammer in a windmill jam. He’s got to be one of the best dunkers in the Pac-12. UO 30-28, 3:58.
HANGING TOUGH — Andrews (10 points) and Suggs (7) are leading the way. The Ducks have made a couple of highlight dunks, but the Huskies appear to have weathered a sluggish start. UW 24-23, 7:21.
OH MY — Emory flushed an alley-oop dunk from Loyd that was quite spectacular. The pass – from midcourt – was nice. And the finish was even better. UO 21-19, 9:33.
NICE OVATION — During the break, big round of applause for new Oregon football coach Mark Helfrich.
WHERE’S WILCOX? — Wilcox still hasn’t taken a shot. He’s being defended by Dotson and Carlos Emory. Suggs and Andrews each have seven points. UO 15-14, 11:51.
THIRD SUB — Shawn Kemp Jr. is in, N’Diaye is out. Good action on both ends. Both teams getting better looks offensively. However, Wilcox hasn’t taken a shot. UO 15-12, 12:53.
SECOND SUB — Jernard Jarreau replaces Simmons. The Ducks bring in three reserves. Nice series from Suggs who took his guy baseline and scored on a layup. He also had a steal and was fouled to prevent a layup. He made both free throws. UO 8-7, 15:51.
SUB — Andrew Andrews replaces Gaddy. UW looks flustered. Can’t get into its offense. UO 8-3, 16:30.
MATCHUPS — Suggs has Singler and vice versa. Should be a good battle. UW 3-2, 18:30.
GOOD AMBIANCE — I cracked on Matt Arena being somewhat dead via twitter, but I take it all back. This place is rocking at tip off. Pit Crew really into it.
UNCLE PHIL — Nike CEO Phil Knight is sitting courtisde throwing hundred dollar bills … no check that candy to the Pit Crew.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs, Desmond Simmons and Aziz N’Diaye.
Oregon: Jonathan Loyd, a 5-8 junior, will start in place of injured freshman point guard Dominic Artis (foot). The other starters include: G Damyean Dotson, F E.J. Singler, F Arsalan Kazemi and C Tony Woods.
WARDROBE MALFUNCTION — Let’s start with the positive. Both coaches are wearing sneakers to promote Coaches vs. Cancer. That’s absolutely wonderful. Not so terrific is the highlight yellow sneakers the Oregon coaching staff is wearing. Seriously, you can spot those puppies from a mile away.
BACK IN BLACK — Washington is wearing its alternate black jerseys. I’m told Abdul Gaddy has a say in which jerseys they wear.
SAFE TRAVELS — The Huskies made it to Matt Arena with no hiccups, unlike last year when their team bus was delayed 45 minutes en route to the arena due to a traffic accident.