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Morgan State (3-8) at (12) Oregon (11-0)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 29, 3 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthew Knight Arena (12,364) -- Eugene, Oregon. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: MSU 2-2, Oregon 9-0. Away Record: MSU 0-4, Oregon 1-0. Neutral Record: MSU 1-2, Oregon 1-0. Conference Record: MSU 1-0, Oregon 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.

GAME NOTES: The 12th-ranked Oregon Ducks return to action on Sunday afternoon, as they host the Morgan State Bears in their final non-conference tune-up.

The Bears are just two days removed from their last outing, which ended in an 86-80 loss to Cal State Northridge. The setback ended a modest two-game win streak for Morgan State, and dropped the squad to just 3-8 overall. The Bears are in the midst of an eight-game stretch in which they play on the road seven times. A visit to UC Irvine is next.

The Ducks proved just how difficult they are to beat at home last Saturday, rallying to top BYU in overtime, 100-96. The win improved Oregon to 11-0. It is the first time since 2006-07 that the Ducks have gone 11-0 to start a season, and just the fifth time in program history. Next up, Oregon opens Pac-12 Conference play at Utah on Thursday.

Sunday's meeting will be the first ever between these two programs.

Justin Black scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures for Morgan State, but it did not matter in the Bears' loss to Cal State Northridge. Morgan State connected on just 41.9 percent of its field goal attempts, compared to a 56 percent showing from the Titans.

Morgan State has had a bad habit of allowing teams to shoot at a high rate this season, with opponents hitting 46.9 percent from the floor and scoring 76.7 ppg. Black (18.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg) has done his best to keep Morgan State competitive by scoring at a high rate. After his effort against CSN, Black has now scored 20 points in back-to-back games for the second time this season. Ian Chiles (14.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.8 bpg) anchors the team down low and finished with 19 points and eight rebounds against the Matadors. Anthony Hubbard provides an additional scoring threat.

Oregon held the team lead against BYU for only 1:02, but managed to pull out a victory. The Ducks ended the second half on a 7-0 run to force overtime, and then used an 8-1 run over the last 1:21 of the extra session to escape with the victory. Jason Calliste scored a career-high 31 points to lead the way.

There are few teams in the country that have been able to keep up with the Ducks. Oregon is second in the nation in points per game (90.3), and sixth in field goal percentage (.511). Having six players averaging in double figures has allowed the Ducks to be dominant on offense. Joseph Young (19.8 ppg) is normally the player hoisting up 20 and 30-point efforts, and he did so again versus BYU with 25 points. Mike Moser (14.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg) is a solid scorer and rebounder on the interior, while Calliste (12.3 ppg), Damyean Dotson (11 ppg), Johnathan Loyd (10 ppg, 6.8 apg) and Elgin Cook (10.1 ppg) all bring something to the table as well.

The Ducks won't have to worry about overtime in this one, as their balanced and potent offensive attack will lead them to a comfortable victory.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon 94, Morgan State 68

12/29 11:02:01 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
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NOR