Nearly every Washington player said they wanted to play the Oregon Ducks on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the NIT. Well, they got their wish.
Update: Here's Lorenzo Romar's statement about playing the Ducks.
"We have a tough challenge ahead of us. The last time we played them, they were terrific. We have been watching them ever since and they have been on a roll. They are playing extremely good basketball. This is a game where we have a chance to go to New York – we are both fighting for that. It should be a great ballgame."
The Oregon Ducks rallied from a 14-point deficit and defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes, 108-97, at Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday to set up a third game between the two Pac-12 rivals on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena.
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I watched most of the game and Oregon was really offensively. They shared the basketball (26 assists on 35 field goals), knocked down shots from the perimeter (10-of-23 from 3-point range) and made their free throws (28-of-32). They are playing at a pretty high level and seem to get contributions from everyone. The Ducks had 5 five player in double figures - including two players off the bench.
It was an offensive showing similar to what Washington endured in an 82-57 loss to the Ducks in Eugene.
Obviously, playing at UW will make a difference. But the Huskies will have to bring the type of execution and intensity on defense that they showed in the second half of Friday's win over Northwestern.