In the next game, Washington came from behind to defeat Washington State.
Those results match another pair of rivals: Washington and Oregon in the second semifinal game at Staples Center at 8:30 tonight on FSN.
Here’s some of what Oregon coach Dana Altman had to say about his game:
” Well, I’m really proud of the guys. I thought our execution offensively was really good tonight. The ball movement was really good. Defensively our communication was very good, and because of that we didn’t give up a lot of easy baskets and a lot of open looks.
Then we kept the boards relatively close. They’ve given us problems on the boards in our earlier meetings, so keeping the boards close was important.
Really proud of our guys. Really pleased with the way they played. E.J. had another great game, and I thought Malcolm started the second half. When they came out with a big burst to start the second half and really took it inside on us and got three easy baskets, Malcolm answered with the three and a driving lay up that I thought instead of getting it under 10 we were able to keep it at 13.
So I thought Malcolm’s start in the second half was really, really important for our team.”
And here’s what he had to say about today’s semifinal match … although he didn’t yet know which Washington school his team would face:
They’re two very good teams. We split with both of them during the regular season. Lost to them on the road and one at home. Their depth and athleticism, both teams, their size has given us problems.
Whichever team, I think it’s going to be a matter of us getting rested and being able to bounce back for a late game tomorrow. It will be our third game. Our depth isn’t great, so guys are going to have to take care of themselves.
I think tomorrow the same communication on defense, both teams will switch it up between man and zone, so we’ll have to be prepared for that and be ready to change our offenses up.
But I think whichever team we have to play, we’ll have our work cut out for us. We’ll have to play as well as we have the last two nights to put ourselves in a good position.
Both of them are good basketball teams, like I said. We split with both of them, and we played really well at home to beat both of those teams and they beat us double figures on the road. So we’ll have to play awfully well to get either one.
By the time that question could be asked of UW coach Lorenzo Romar, he knew his opponent would be the Ducks, with whom the Huskies split during the regular season, each winning on its home floor.
“They’re a tough team to play against,” Romar said. “That is a true team in every sense of the word. They play well together. They play hard. They play with a lot of intensity. It’s going to be a tough ballgame for us. We need to come ready to play, because I know they will.”
Some Oregon postgame notes:
– Oregon recorded just its fifth victory this season when being out-rebounded by the opponent (5-12). The Ducks are 10-3 when they out-rebound the opponent. They improved to 12-4 when leading at halftime and 14-1 when shooting for a better percentage than the opponent.
– E.J. Singler posted back-to-back 20-point effort, joining Joevan Catron as the only UO players to do so this season. Singler has led the team in scoring on seven occasions this season (all coming during the 2010-11 campaign). Singler reached double figures in points for the 21st time this year (27th time of his career).
– Malcolm Armstead reached double figures in scoring for the third time in the last four games. It was the 13th time this season he has tallied 10 or more points (28th time of his career).
– Armstead (two steals) remains in sixth place all-time for career steals at UO (now with 133 steals in 63 games). He recently moved by Aaron Brooks who recorded 127 steals in 115 career games. Anthony Taylor ranks fifth with 147 steals in 115 career games.
Finally, a quick scouting report on the match:
NO 7 Oregon (16-16) VS. NO. 3 WASHINGTON (21-10)
8:30 p.m., Staples Center, Los Angeles.
TV: FSN. Radio: 950-AM.
Season series: Washington split with Oregon, beating the Ducks 87-69 in Seattle on Jan. 6, but losing 81-76 in Eugene on Feb. 5.
Regular season statistical leaders: For Oregon – Joevan Carter, 15.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg; Malcolm Armstead, 4.2 apg. For UW – Thomas, 16.6 points and 5.6 assists; Matthew Bryan-Amaning, 8.3 rpg.
Scouting report: Washington is the defending tournament champion, and Thomas is the reigning most outstanding player. … The Huskies have won six straight games in Los Angeles. UW point guard Venoy Overton is out due to disciplinary action. … Oregon has won two Pac-10 tournament times (2003 and 2007) and has an all-time tournament record of 15-10. … Oregon led the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.738) and turnover margin. The Ducks were last in blocked shots and defensive rebounds. Oregon’s steal total is the fourth-best in school history. Catron was named to the All-Pac-10 second team. E.J. Singler led the conference in free throw percentage (.857).
Next: The loser is eliminated. The winner advances to a semifinal game, meeting the winner of the game between No. 1 Arizona and No. 4 USC, who meet at 6 p.m. today.