The 13th ranked Oregon Ducks host the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Saturday in college basketball action. Both of these teams come into this game with records of 6-2. These two teams have not met in recent history. Tipoff is Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon.
Hawaii wins third straightThe University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are off to a nice start. They improved to 6-2 on the year with a 59-41 win over Hawaii Pacific on Sunday. The Hawaii defense was exceptional, holding their opponents to 30 percent shooting. Eddie Stansberry scored 15 points to lead Hawaii while Drew Buggs had nine points, five assists, and five rebounds. Samuta AveaandDawson Carper each chipped in eight points. Hawaii shot 48 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three.
On Friday the Bows took care of business beating San Francisco 85-75. Buggs had a career-high 25 points to lead a UH over the previously unbeaten Dons. Buggs' backcourt mate Stansberry finished with 21 points, while Avea andZigmars Raimo had 13 points each.
Hawaii averages 71 points per game which is 199th in the country. they shoot 46 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range on the year.
Oregon drops 2 in Bahamas
Oregon comes into this match up ranked 13th in the nation with a 6-2 record. the bad news is they lost their last 2 games at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. However, some context is needed here as both of the teams are ranked in the top 10. they lost a 73-72 heart breaker to No. 9 Gonzaga on Thursday and then dropped a 78-74 squeaker to No. 7 ranked North Carolina on Friday.
“I think we should have won each one of those games,” Oregon guard Payton Pritchard said, reported Oregon Live. “I think we’re small pieces away, got to fix the little things and then make that next step and I think we’ll be really good. But we got to keep going.”
Rebounding has been an issue as the Ducks were outrebounded by both Gonzaga and UNC.
“It told us what we need to work on,” Ducks guard Will Richardson said, reported Oregon Live. “Guards need to come back and help rebound with the bigs. ... As long as we box out and rebound, we’ll be totally fine. We didn’t rebound well as a team. They killed us on the offense glass (and) exposed some of our weaknesses.”