The trip to Utah and Colorado is different than most in the Pac-12.
The Oregon men's basketball team is in the middle of three flights in four days after heading to Colorado on Friday following a 78-72 win at Utah on Thursday.
“You have to jump on a plane and most of the trips you might have a bus ride, but you are pretty close,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “This one you have to take a plane to the next stop. We have had trouble at Colorado.”
Oregon is 0-7 all time at the CU Events Center, including five losses as conference foes.
The Ducks (13-8, 4-4) will return home soon after facing the Buffaloes (11-9, 2-6) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The only other Pac-12 road trip that includes a flight in the middle is the trip to Washington State and Washington, but the Ducks will have an extra travel day after facing the Cougars on March 6 and the Huskies on March 9.
Oregon remains eighth in the conference after the win at Utah, but could move as high as fourth with a victory over Colorado.
UO’s next three games come against teams below it in the standings beginning with the 10th-place Buffaloes. The Ducks return home next week to face Stanford and California.
“With these games, we feel like we have to use it to our advantage,” Oregon forward Paul White said early in the week. “Not to discredit any of those teams because they are very talented and very good. We know if we want to make a run for March, this is where it has to start now.”
Colorado has dropped four of five games following a 76-74 home loss to Oregon State on Thursday.
The Buffs are led by sophomore point guard McKinley Wright, who averages 12.9 points and 5.1 assists per game. Six-foot-ten junior Lucas Siewert and sophomore forward Tyler Bey are each scoring 11.6 points per game.
Oregon has won two in a row after freshman Will Richardson had a career-high 19 points and three blocks against Utah. Paul White had 14 points and Ehab Amin added 13 points and three steals while Payton Pritchard had 12 points and seven rebounds.