Eugene, OR. — Saturday’s game will be the fifth consecutive year the Oregon men’s basketball team will play the Boise State Broncos. The two teams met twice last year but the matchup was one sided, as Oregon won both games by double-digits.
Ducks senior guard Payton Pritchard doesn’t view these scheduled games against Boise State as a newfound rivalry. But he expects it to be a hard-fought game.
"This is definitely a good team. It's going to be a competitive game so we're looking forward to it as a competitors standpoint,” said Pritchard. “We want to play games like this rather than seeing teams win by 50.”
Sophomore guard Will Richardson recognizes the Broncos return a number of key starters from last year’s roster. He feels after the team’s performance in the season opener against Fresno State, the Ducks will be ready for another competitive game.
"They bring back a lot of experience and a lot of players that played a lot of minutes last year and scored a lot of points for them so we got to be ready for a great game knowing that they understand how to play basketball,” said Richardson. “They know how to play basketball, so we just have to be prepared."
No. 15 Oregon pounded the paint en route to a season-opening win over Fresno State. Payton Pritchard scored 24 points, Chris Duarte added 16 and Francis Okoro had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Ducks in a 71-57 win over the Bulldogs Tuesday night at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks will look to replicate that level of play against Boise State tomorrow night at 8:00.