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January 20, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Morning links: Oregon continues epic fall

As the saying goes, misery loves company. If that’s true, then Washington should be delighted to face Oregon on Thursday at Alaska Airlines Arena.

The Huskies (11-8, 3-3) are hoping to rebound after being swept in the Bay Area last week. Meanwhile, the Ducks have plummeted in the past three weeks. After rising to No. 10 in the Associated Press rankings with a 13-0 record, they’ve lost four straight games.

MONDAY MORNING LINKS:

Roberto Nelson scored 13 of his 22 points in the second half and anchored a stellar defensive effort that carried Oregon State to an 80-72 victory over Oregon Sunday night. Eric Moreland added 15 points, 11 coming from the free throw line, and had 13 rebounds for Oregon State (10-7, 2/3 Pac-12). The Beavers beat their in-state rivals at Gill Coliseum for the first time since 2010.

Jason Calliste had 17 points off the bench to lead the Ducks (13-4, 1-4), who trailed 37-30 at halftime and never got closer than five in the second half. Mike Moser and Joseph Young, who came into the game averaging a combined 33.4 points, were held to 13 points on 5-of-24 shooting from the field. For the game, the Ducks made 25 of 66 shots, including 4 of 19 from 3-point range.

— Three weeks into the season and Washington is tied for sixth in the Pac-12.

— Utah’s Jordan Loveridge is doing the little things to help the Utes.

— Former Washington star Isaiah Thomas scored a career-high 38 points Sunday in a loss at Oklahoma State.

And finally, here’s my Associated Press top 25 ballot that I submitted this week.

1. Arizona (18-0)
2. Syracuse (18-0)
3. Michigan State (17-1)
4. Villanova (16-1)
5. Wichita State (19-0)
6. San Diego State (16-1)
7. Florida (15-2)
8. Kansas (13-4)
9. Wisconsin (16-2)
10. Louisville (16-3)

11. Iowa (15-3)
12. Cincinnati (17-2)
13. Oklahoma State (15-3)
14. UMass (16-1)
15. Duke (15-4)
16. Kentucky (13-4)
17. Ohio State (15-3)
18. Iowa State (14-3)
19. Baylor (13-4)
20. Kansas State (14-4)

21. Oklahoma (14-4)
22. Michigan (13-4)
23. California (14-4)
24.  Saint Louis (17-2)
25. Pittsburgh (16-2)

In – Kansas State, Michigan, California, Saint Louis
Out – Creighton, Memphis, Colorado, UCLA

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