Texas Southern is no longer some random directional school from a one-bid league on Oregon’s basketball schedule.

The Tigers’ return to Matthew Knight Arena Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. will trigger memories for the Ducks from a stunning 89-84 loss to Texas Southern last season.

“We’ve got a little extra chip on our shoulder knowing that was one of the worst home losses in program history,” Oregon sophomore guard Will Richardson said. “We want to make a statement, especially to them.”

The Tigers were 1-4 last season before giving the Ducks what guard Payton Pritchard called “a terrible loss”.

“That was a very disappointing loss last year,” UO coach Dana Altman said. “We had a 13-point lead in the second half and didn’t finish the game. We had some disappointing losses last year and that was one of them. I hope our guys will be ready for Saturday.”

The eighth-ranked Ducks (9-2) are once again overwhelming favorites to beat Texas Southern (3-7), which lost by 39 earlier this month to Gonzaga, a team the Ducks took into overtime before losing 73-72. Oregon is coming off a 81-48 victory over Montana, which defeated Texas Southern 74-62 earlier this season.

“We can’t sleep on this game because last year we just felt like we were going to get the win,” Oregon sophomore forward Francis Okoro said. “Then they came in here and kicked us. We need to go out there energized and fight, no matter what.”

That hasn’t been a problem for this season as the Ducks have beaten all six unranked foes on their schedule by at least 12 points and an average of 22.5.

Texas Southern does not return any starters from last year’s win over the Ducks. Senior point guard Tyrik Armstrong, who played four minutes against UO last season, leads the Tigers with 15.1 points and 3.7 assists per game.

Oregon will be without senior forward Shakur Juiston for the third game in a row due to a leg injury. The Ducks may take a longer look at N’Faly Dante, a 6-foot-11 freshman who had 11 points and two rebounds in 14 minutes during his debut against Montana.

The Ducks were tied with the Grizzlies midway through the first half before Oregon scored 11 points in a row to pull away for the victory.

“I didn’t like our start at all, the energy level was not good,” Altman said. “Jogging up and down the court. I guess we will get them up earlier and work them out harder. You get these Christmas breaks and if you don’t get them up and going, they have a tendency to sleep in too late.”