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ASU basketball: 5 things to know about the Oregon Ducks

Get to know the opponent before tip-off

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NCAA Basketball: Arizona State at Oregon
Shannon Evans II defending Peyton Pritchard
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Arizona State, (13-2, 1-2) hosts the Oregon Ducks, (11-5, 1-2) Thursday at 8 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.

Coming off a Final Four, the Ducks lost a whole lot of talent, foregoing Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey and Jordan Bell to the NBA and losing guard Casey Benson after he transferred to GCU.

The Ducks now ride a talent-heavy young roster that hasn’t quite put it together yet.

Here are five quick things to know about the opponent:

1. The Ducks are in the midst of playing three straight road games, the first being a 76-64 loss to their rival, Oregon State. After Arizona State Thursday, Oregon will head down to Tucson on Saturday to play that team down south.

2. Oregon has three freshman, forward Troy Brown Jr. (#15 recruit in ESPN100), guard Victor Bailey Jr. (#89 in ESPN100) and former ASU commit, forward Kenny Wooten, all averaging at least 19 minutes per game.

3. As a team, the Ducks shoot 46.9% from the field and 36.7% from deep. Oregon is averaging 81.6 PPG while allowing just 70.3 to their opponents.

4. Individually, sophomore guard Payton Pritchard leads the Ducks in almost every statistical category including three-point percentage (42 percent), assists, dishing out 4.1 per game, minutes, logging 33.4 per game and steals (1.3 SPG).

5. Similarly to ASU, Dana Altman and Oregon like to recruit internationally. They have three recruits from outside the United States — MiKyle McIntosh and Abu Kigab from Ontario, Canada and Roman Sorkin from Israel.

Although Oregon matches up well with Arizona State, the Sun Devils have a more impressive résumé. Expect the Sun Devils to be fired up playing in front of their increased home crowd for the first time since Dec. 22.