It’s a long home weekend for Oregon.
After defeating California 73-62 Wednesday night at Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks will wait three days to try and complete their first Pac-12 weekend sweep of the year when Stanford arrives at 5 p.m. Sunday.
“I don’t know if I like that,” Oregon junior guard Payton Pritchard said. “We will see how we play on Sunday, see how it goes.”
Oregon often has three days between games when it is returning from or traveling to a road trip, but this is the longest break on the schedule between games during the same conference week.
Nine Pac-12 games will be played during the break for the Ducks. Oregon (14-9, 5-5) watch its next two opponents face off when Stanford (12-10, 5-5) beat Oregon State (14-8, 6-4) Thursday night at Gill Coliseum.
“We’ll watch the game obviously as a staff and try to break it down right there,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said “But it’s Stanford. Oregon State, we’ve got a week. We play on Sunday and then don’t play (Oregon State) until Saturday, so there is plenty of time to try and get ready for them. They are playing great. Guys are making plays for each other.”
Oregon will practice each day leading up to the meeting with the Cardinal.
Oregon moved into a tie for seventh place in the conference with UCLA, but could get up as high as second with a win over the Cardinal.
“We’ve got three days to prepare, so we need to get ready for Stanford,” Pritchard said. “We know it is a must-win game so we will get a game plan and try to take care of business.”
The Ducks had a few corrections planned after the win over California when they committed 15 turnovers that led to 17 points for the Bears.
“A lot of those were turnovers we can fix,” Pritchard said. “Guys not running the right lanes, attacking. There will be games like that, but in the next game we need to tighten it up because they are more athletic and a little longer.”
California had a 26-22 edge over Oregon on points in the paint and shot 19 free throws compared to five for Oregon.
“Our inability to fight the dribble caused us problems and put them on the line,” Altman said. “We gave them a lot of opportunities. Moving forward, we need to do a much better job bending our knees, fighting the dribble, directing the ball one way. When Kenny (Wooten) goes to help, we are not getting any rotation down. Everyone is standing around watching to see if he blocks a shot so they are getting some easy putbacks there.”