Colorado-Oregon Preview (Feb 18, 2017)
EUGENE, Ore. -- Chris Boucher and Dylan Ennis will look to finish off a perfect record at Matthew Knight Arena.
The two Oregon seniors who arrived last year as transfers have helped the Ducks win all 34 games at home during the past two seasons heading into the home finale Saturday against Colorado.
"It would be a good story for me to say in the two years I played here, we never lost at home," said Boucher, a junior college transfer who is averaging 11.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
The seventh-ranked Ducks are 16-0 at home this season to stretch the nation's longest active home winning streak to 41 games.
"Hopefully get a win and we go undefeated," said Ennis, who transferred last season from Villanova.
Oregon (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12) sits second in the conference, one game back of Arizona. The Ducks get a chance to avenge one of their losses when they host the Buffaloes, who beat Oregon 74-65 three weeks ago in Boulder, Colo.
"That game has been on our mind a lot," Oregon junior forward Jordan Bell said. "We did not play our best basketball. They were tougher than us and outhustled us. We don't want to end our season with a loss in our last home game."
Colorado made four 3-pointers in the first four minutes against Oregon and led almost wire-to-wire.
"We've got to start early, we can't give them open 3-pointers like last game," Oregon guard Payton Pritchard said. "They hit them, and it got their energy out of the roof, so you can't give any team open 3-pointers."
Oregon has won four of five games since that loss, including a 79-61 victory over Utah on Thursday. The Ducks shot 53.4 percent from the field. Dillon Brooks scored a team-high 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting.
Brooks leads five Ducks in double figures with an average of 15.1 points per game, while guard Tyler Dorsey has scored at least 16 in four straight games to raise his average to 13.2 points. Bell is averaging 11.1 points while leading the Ducks with 8.1 rebounds per game, and Ennis is scoring 10.8 points per game.
Oregon's last home loss was 80-62 against Arizona on Jan. 8, 2015.
"Everyone likes playing at home because obviously it helps with the crowd," Pritchard said. "We look forward to the last game here and hope we get the win."
Colorado (16-11, 6-8) lost its first seven conference games but has won six of its past seven to move into seventh place. Senior guard Derrick White had 20 points, four assists, three steals and two blocked shots on Thursday in the Buffaloes' 60-52 win at Oregon State.
"Derrick White made some big-time plays," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. "Players make plays."
White leads the Buffaloes with averages of 17.1 points and 4.2 assists per game, while Xavier Johnson is contributing 14.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. George King averages 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds, while Wesley Gordon gets a team-high 7.2 rebounds to go with 7.0 points.