TV Schedule: Sunday, Feb. 28, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Arena: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
The Washington Huskies raced out to an early season PAC-12 lead, but reality quickly caught up to them, as they have lost seven of their last ten games. Desperately holding on to the very edge of the 2016 NCAA tournament bubble, Washington can potentially solidify at least a play-in game into the Big Dance with a win on Sunday night against the Oregon Ducks.
Oregon, on the other hand, have fought hard to work their way to the top of the PAC-12 standings. With three games remaining for the Ducks and five teams with at least a small shot at earning a share of the regular season title, anything can happen if they drop this one at home. Oregon has lost no home games this season, so they should head into their matchup with Washington fairly confident.
That being said, the Huskies are no pushover team. Their offense is one of the best in the country at times; it is their defense that continues to fail them down the stretch. Andrew Andrews is one of the most underrated players in the country and will likely score his usual 20-or-more points.
However, their defense is so terrible statistically, that I doubt Washington will be able to hold off Dillon Brooks and Co. for more than a half on the road. The season started out extremely well for the Huskies, but they look to be headed to the NIT. Oregon, despite their ups and downs, look like a legitimate national title contender.
Prediction: Oregon 76, Washington 69