Preview: Oregon at Arizona
Chase Jeter completed his general studies degree in December at Arizona, but the Duke transfer’s basketball career with the Wildcats is just getting started as they host Oregon on Thursday for a Pac-12 contest. Jeter, a 6-10 junior center, recorded a career-high 23 points and nine rebounds while shooting 8-for-11 from the field in an 87-65 victory at California on Saturday, and received a compliment from a high place afterward.
“You’re really good, and you’re really tall, and you’re very cool,” Pac-12 television analyst and Hall of Famer Bill Walton told Jeter with a wide grin. “Your parents should be really proud.” Jeter, who scored 103 points in 48 games (10.3 minutes per contest) with Duke from 2015-17 before sitting out the 2017-18 season, is averaging 13.4 points and a club-most 7.4 rebounds while shooting a team-high 64.3 percent from the field – third in the Pac-12. The Ducks snapped a two-game slide with an 81-60 victory over USC on Sunday for their second win in the last five contests as freshman forward Louis King continued to thrive in Pac-12 competition. “The guys really responded well,” Oregon coach Dana Altman told reporters about his team, which blew a 17-point lead in the second half and an eight-point bulge in the final 45 seconds of regulation in an 87-84 overtime loss to UCLA last Thursday. “They were upbeat. My staff did a great job staying upbeat and getting them ready. A lot of people contributed.”
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ABOUT OREGON (10-6, 1-2 Pac-12): King has recorded 19.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per Pac-12 game, raising his season averages to 9.9 and 5.1, and is shooting 40 percent from the floor after going 23-for-48 in his last three contests. Senior forward Paul White (10.4 points) matched a career high with 19 points versus USC and is averaging 15.8 in his last four contests while grabbing at least four rebounds in each game during that span. Junior guard Payton Pritchard (11.7 points, 4.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds) is averaging 7.5 points in his last four games after scoring 13.8 per contest in his previous four.
ABOUT ARIZONA (13-4, 4-0): Sophomore guard Brandon Randolph (team-high 16.3 points per game – 10.2 in the second half) is one of two Pac-12 players to reach double figures in every contest (UCLA’s Kris Wilkes), and is 27-for-27 from the free-throw line in the final five minutes of a game this season. Senior guard Justin Coleman (9.2 points, 3.2 assists) is five points away from 1,000 in his career after scoring 13 and registering five assists versus Cal. Freshman guard Brandon Williams (11.5 points, club-best 3.8 assists) is 5-for-7 from 3-point range in his last three games after going 3-for-21 in his previous four contests.
1. Arizona, which shot a season-best 56.1 percent from the field Saturday, is 31-for-35 from the free-throw line in its last two games, raising its season percentage to 75.4 – second in the Pac-12 behind Cal (76.4).
2. Oregon sophomore F Kenny Wooten (6.6 points, 4.9 rebounds), who has missed the last four games with a broken jaw, practiced with a mask Tuesday and could be cleared to play.
3. Wildcats sophomore G Emmanuel Akot, who averages 3.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 19.3 minutes in 17 games (11 starts), told coach Sean Miller on Sunday that he is leaving the team.