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Preview: Oregon and Oregon State face off in two games in four days

The Pac-12’s top two teams will play each other twice in four days as the Beavers will look to do what no other team in the conference has done this season: beat the Ducks.

Oregon State’s Kat Tudor shoots over Oregon’s Satou Sabally in last season’s meeting in Corvallis, Oregon. Tudor led the Beavers with 34 points in the win.
Courtesy of Oregon State Athletics via Twitter

It might feel unlikely, but Oregon and Oregon State’s split in their two games last season hasn’t been the norm in recent years — and it’s not because the Ducks normally win. In fact, until last season, Oregon hadn’t beaten Oregon State since 2011, and the Ducks haven’t swept the Beavers in a regular-season pair since 2010.

But this year might be the year for the Ducks to grab their first Civil War sweep in nine seasons, and it’ll all be decided over the course of four days.

Oregon has been formidable since its shocking loss at Michigan State in December, winning an NCAA-best 16 games in a row. The Ducks also took down fellow top-five team Mississippi State in that time, but their most notable win came Sunday at Stanford in a 40-point blowout victory.

Oregon has used the same starting lineup in all 24 of its games, leading one to think other teams should have figured out the Ducks by now, especially conference foes. But Oregon’s lineup is so stacked from top to bottom that even if a team knows what’s coming, actually posting up on Ruthy Hebard or defending Erin Boley from three-point range is a whole different story.

The Beavers are also an elite-level team, though. Destiny Slocum and Mikayla Pivec lead Oregon State in scoring, but they have benefited from a much deeper bench than Oregon’s. Plus, Pivec matches Hebard rebound-for-rebound on the season — the players are fifth and fourth in the Pac-12, respectively, with .1 rebound separating them. Even more, the Beavers lead the conference in rebounds as a team.

Oregon State is generally very good at home, with its one home loss on the season coming in double-overtime to Arizona State on Jan. 20, while Oregon’s sole loss came on the road. This blemish might show the Ducks having some vulnerabilities on the road but, again, this is the team that just handed Stanford its worst loss ever under Tara Vanderveer at a venue where the Cardinal rarely loses.

Recent history suggests another split could be on the horizon, as counting out the Beavers on their home floor would be an interesting position to take. But there’s no question the Ducks are rolling — perhaps all the way through their in-state rivals.

Game information

No. 9 Oregon State Beavers (20-4, 10-2) at No. 3 Oregon Ducks (23-1, 12-0)

When: Friday, Feb. 15, at 9 p.m. ET

Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR

How to watch: Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Oregon

No. 3 Oregon Ducks (23-1, 12-0) at No. 9 Oregon State Beavers (20-4, 10-2)

When: Monday, Feb. 18, at 9 p.m. ET

Where: Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR

How to watch: ESPN2