It will be a top-20 matchup at Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday night.
Oregon dropped three spots to No. 17 in the Associated Press poll on Monday following a 63-53 loss at Oregon State while Colorado is up to No. 16 after a weekend sweep of California and Stanford.
The Buffaloes (19-5) jumped ahead of the Ducks (18-6) to take over first place in the Pac-12 at 8-3 with Oregon one game back at 7-4. Colorado visits Oregon Thursday at 6 p.m.
Oregon has dropped two in a row, but will be at home for three of the final four weekends of the regular season beginning with a visit from the Buffaloes followed by Utah on Sunday. The Ducks take their final road trip of conference play to Arizona State and Arizona before finishing up the schedule at home against OSU, California and Stanford.
“We’ve got to get back to work and try to figure it out,” UO coach Dana Altman said. “We’ve got five of the next seven at home.”
Oregon is at its lowest point in the Top 25 this season while Colorado moved up eight spots to pass the Ducks. No other Pac-12 team is in the poll this week.
The Ducks dropped six spots in the NET rankings to No. 25 following the loss to OSU while Colorado is No. 16. Oregon was listed as a No. 4 seed in a midseason bracket update released by the NCAA selection committee on Saturday while the Buffaloes were one of the first teams out of the 16-team projection, according to vice chair Mitch Barnhart.
Colorado beat Oregon 74-65 last month so a victory at Matthew Knight Arena would give the Buffaloes a two-game lead and the tiebreaker. The Ducks need a win to move back into a tie for first place.
Mark Jackson will provide analysis for the Oregon-Colorado matchup that features two of the nation’s best point guards in Payton Pritchard and McKinley Wright, both finalists for the Bob Cousy Award.
Jackson is a former NBA All-Star point guard during a 17-year career from 1987-2004. The former coach of the Golden State Warriors is an NBA broadcaster for ESPN, but will join Dave Pasch and Bill Walton on the call as part of the network’s crossover coverage between NBA and college basketball.
TIP TIME SET
Oregon’s game at Arizona on Feb. 22 has been moved up one hour for a 6 p.m. start. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
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