The No. 11 UCLA Bruins haven't played since their 61-49 loss to the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal on Dec. 21. Meanwhile, their Sunday opponent, the No. 8 Oregon Ducks, just played a warm-up game on Friday, defeating the USC Trojans 92-69 at home.
Oregon will be home for the second straight game, hosting the Bruins at 4 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).
The Ducks have multiple streaks on the line in this one: 27-straight wins, 24-straight regular season Pac-12 victories, and 22-consecutive home successes.
The last time UCLA visited Eugene, they overcame a 22-point deficit to upset Oregon, 74-69, on Feb. 22, 2019. However, both teams’ rosters have changed significantly since that game.
The Ducks are led by two outstanding 3-point shooters in Erin Boley and Taylor Mikesell, who are shooting 50 and 48 percent, respectively, to start the season. Mikesell has made at least one 3-pointer in 32 straight games, dating back to her time with the Maryland Terrapins. Meanwhile, Nyara Sabally is averaging 13.6 points and 8.5 rebounds since being named a starter before the third game of the season.
For UCLA, Michaela Onyenwere is a force to be reckoned with in the post. Onyenwere has scored in double figures in all seven of UCLA’s games this season and has two double-doubles. Her teammate, guard Charisma Osborne, started the season averaging 19.2 points but has scored a total of 13 points in the Bruins’ last two games, shooting a combined 6-of-29 from the field, including 1-of-9 on 3-point shots.
Michaela Onyenwere on the move for 3 pic.twitter.com/OUWN4G9D4j— Ben Dull (@ben_dull) December 15, 2020
Here’s what to expect from the matchup and how to watch:
No. 11 UCLA Bruins (5-2, 3-2 Pac-12) vs. No. 8 Oregon Ducks (8-0 6-0 Pac-12)
When: Sunday, Jan. 3, at 4 p.m. ET
Where: Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, OR
What to watch: The Ducks have four players who average double figure scoring, while the Bruins have just two. 3-point shooting is likely to be a large factor in the outcome of the game as both teams take over 20 shots from the beyond the arc with Oregon shooting 38 percent as a team and UCLA shooting 32 percent.