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Oregon at California Basketball Open Thread

TV: CSN California Plus. Ouch. Good luck finding it on your cable/satellite package (click here for channel locations for your package and location)
Radio: 1550 KFRC
Streams: Post links in comments
Injuries: Jorge, MSF (day-to-day, will probably play), Bak Bak is out for the season due to academic ineligibility.
Links to get you ready: Cal-Oregon Preview, Q&A with Addicted to Quack, Faraudo's excellent scouting report on Oregon. Also Chronicle Live is live from Haas Pavilion right now on CSN Bay Area, check it out!

After the jump, norcalnick fills you in on the women's hoops game (which you could probably listen to on radio, maybe with a stream). It tips off in half an hour!

Time: 7:00 PM

TV: None

Radio: radio

Stream: Stream (you'll have to sign up for something)

Cal (8-8, 2-3) takes on the run-n-gun Oregon Ducks (12-5, 3-2) in yet another difficult road contest. This is a huge swing game for the Bears – if they win they face a very beatable OSU team before a 4 game home stand. If they lose they’ll be 2-4 in the Pac-10 and what little tournament chances they had are probably out the window.

As you may have heard, Oregon took part in the most insane box score in Pac-10 women’s history last week, falling to Arizona 119 – 112, with 5 Ducks scoring at least 14 points. That isn’t a fluke. Oregon leads the nation in scoring and probably has the fastest tempo as well. Oregon has 7 players in their rotation and they push the pace constantly, shoot tons of 3’s (34% of their shots vs. Cal’s 25%) and basically try to shoot a team off the floor. Sophomore Nia Jackson is the facilitator for Seniors Taylor Lilly and Micaela Cocks, who lead the team in scoring (16.4, 14.8 respectively). However, Sophomore Amanda Johnson may be the team’s best player; the versatile forward leads the team in rebounding and contributes in every major statistical category.

Cal should again have the rebounding advantage, and the Bears are better at getting to the line than the Ducks. I hate to be repetitive, but again the key for the Bears will be turnovers and defense. Oregon’s strategy of taking as many shots as possible works best if the other team is giving away their shooting opportunities. Because of Oregons speed, Cal will have to play fast and aggressive on the defensive end. Look for Eliza Pierre to start again, and hopefully continue her stellar defensive play.

I’ll be watching to see how Coach Boyle attacks the Ducks defensively, and if she will let the Bears play at Oregon’s speed, or if she will try to slow the game down. Cal was lucky to get speedy Oregon first on the trip, and hopefully the legs will be fresh – their endurance will be put to the test tonight.