Eugene, Ore. -- After beating Colorado and Utah in Matthew Knight Arena, the Oregon Ducks men's basketball team is heading to Arizona this week to take on the Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils.
The Ducks' play has been up and down all season long, but has been even worse on the road this year. Oregon is (4-4) overall away from home this season, but are (3-4) on the road in conference play. The Ducks beat Michigan back in December in Ann Arbor; the victory at the time came against the number five team in the nation. The win is still Oregon's biggest road win this season.
The Ducks have lost to Colorado, Washington State, Stanford, and Oregon State on the road this year.
"Communication on the road, we get pretty quiet as the fans start to get super loud," said senior guard, Anthony Mathis. "We need to do the opposite. We need to get louder, when the fans get louder."
Oregon recorded their third sweep of the week this past weekend against the Rocky schools (Colorado and Utah) at home. The team hopes the wins serve as the momentum they need moving forward to play better through their last five games of the regular season, especially this road trip.
Head coach, Dana Altman said, "We've been consistent at home. We haven't been consistent on the road. You know I mentioned it before, there's no sense in we're (3-4) on the road. That's not good enough. You know, (4-4) overall we won the michigan game, but we're only 3-4 in conference on the road and you know, you can't do that you know. So this is a big road swing for us. We've got to prove that we can go out on the road and win games."
This issue becomes an even bigger concern with the NCAA Tournament looming next month. Every game could improve or hurt the Duck's seeding for the month of March.
Oregon will face Arizona State on February 20th, at 6:00 p.m. and Arizona on February 22nd, also at 6:00 p.m. Both games are set to be televised on ESPN.