Arizona State Basketball got themselves back in the win column on Thursday night against Oregon State. What do they need to do to beat Oregon?
The win over the Beavers for Arizona State Basketball followed a loss against the University of Arizona where they were completely outplayed from start to finish. Now, they’ll head to Eugene in the hopes that they can go 2 for 2 on the Oregon portion of their road trip. A win over Oregon would be their first over a ranked team this season and would be a huge step in turning around a season that has gone through a recent rough patch.
Oregon will be looking to go 2 for 2 against the Arizona schools this week after barely getting by U of A in overtime on Thursday night. That win was their second in a row after dropping their Pac-12 opener in Colorado. The win was also their 3rd of the season against a ranked opponent and should help them at least hold on to their spot as the No. 9 team in the country or possibly jump Michigan State and take over the 8th spot. A home win over Arizona State wouldn’t be quite as meaningful as the win over U of A thanks to the recent struggles for the Sun Devils, but it is very important for the Ducks to win games like this if they want to keep themselves on the higher seed lines in March.
Both of these teams are looking to break free from the cluster of 1-1 and 2-1 teams in the Pac-12 (8 teams) and keep themselves in the race to catch Stanford, who is the only undefeated team in Pac-12 play right now. If Saturday night’s meeting in Eugene is anything like the last battle between these two teams, then there should be plenty of excitement on its way.
Here are 3 keys for Arizona State to knock off a top-10 Oregon team in the 3rd different sport this year.