Oregon ready to move up in Pac-12 ranks

USC, UCLA head to the Matt for weekend games
Jan. 17, 2012
Devoe Joseph scored a career high in a win over Stanford.
(Associated Press/Rick Bowmner)

Coming off only the second sweep of the Arizona schools, the Oregon men's basketball team has a chance to move up into the conference leaders with Southern Cal and UCLA headed to Eugene.

Oregon enters the games, starting with USC Thursday, in fourth place in the Pac-12 at 4-2, 13-5 overall.

Following Thursday's game with USC (0-5, 5-13), the Ducks play host to UCLA (3-2, 10-7) on Saturday in the second set of home games in confernce play.

Having played four of its six Pac-12 games this season on the road, the Ducks have been impressive in posting a 3-1 road record in league play. The other 11 Pac-12 teams have managed a combined 6-22 record on the road in conference action.



Oregon got hit by a careeer-topping performance from California's Allen Crabbe and dropped a 77-60 decision to the Bears Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Crabbe connected on six 3-point shots and scored 26 points to lead Cal, which improved to13-4 overall, 3-1 in Pac-12 play.

Oregon got 14 points from Devoe Joseph and 12 from E.J. Singler, but couldn't follow Thursday's win over Stanford and fell to 11-5, 2-2, earning its second split in two conference series.

The Ducks play at the Arizona schools this weekend - Arizona State on Thursday and Arizona on Saturday.



Senior Devoe Joseph scored a career-high 30 points and led the Oregon Ducks to an impressive 78-67 win over Stanford in Pac-12 Conference men's basketball action Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Joseph, who transferred from Minnesota during the summer, connected on 9 of 15 shots from the field, including five three-point shots, to help Oregon improve to 2-1 in conference play and 11-4 overall.

E.J. Singler made 10 free throws in the final three minutes and finished with 13 points to back up Joseph.

The Ducks continue a weekend homestand against Cal Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Josh Owen led Stanford (12-3, 2-1) with 19 points.