Oregon-Colorado Preview

The Associated Press

If Oregon is to remain undefeated, it must find a way to finally win in Boulder and end its recent slide against Colorado.

After opening Pac-12 play with a dramatic overtime victory, the No. 10 Ducks expect another difficult task Sunday against a 20th-ranked Buffaloes team that has yet to lose at home.

Since Colorado (12-2, 1-0) joined the Pac-12 in 2011-12, it's 4-1 versus Oregon (13-0, 1-0) with wins in the last three matchups. The Buffaloes have won the four all-time meetings in Boulder, most recently 76-53 on March 7. Prior to that contest, Colorado's previous three victories in the series were each decided by one point.

However, these Ducks have a chance to match the school-record 14-0 start - last achieved in 1937-38 - after Damyean Dotson's breakaway dunk with 1 second left gave them a 70-68 overtime win at Utah on Thursday. It was the third OT victory in their last six games.

"They're a really good team," Colorado forward Josh Scott told the school's official website. "I'm pretty excited for the opportunity to beat them and establish ourselves."

Though Oregon entered the weekend leading the nation with 89.2 points per game and Colorado is averaging 79.0 during its 10-0 home start, this matchup could come down to which team defends the best. Both squads used strong defensive play to overcome some offensive deficiencies in their respective league openers.

The Ducks shot a season-low 38.7 percent and 5 of 16 from 3-point range Thursday, but held the Utes to 38.1 percent shooting and 3 of 19 from beyond the arc while overcoming a 10-point, second-half deficit.

"We tried to contest everything. And it worked for us," guard Johnathan Loyd said. "They missed some shots for us."

Colorado shot 38.2 percent in Thursday's 64-58 victory over Oregon State, but made up for it by holding the Beavers to 37.5 percent and forcing 17 turnovers that led to 25 points.

"I've known that we're capable of (playing that type of defense)," said coach Tad Boyle, whose team allowed only Kansas to score more than 70 points in Boulder this season.

"We just haven't completely bought in, but (Thursday) we did and we're going to need that kind of effort on Sunday again because Oregon is very explosive from a lot of different positions. I think they're the deepest team in our league in terms of talent, productive talent. It's going to be one (heck) of an atmosphere, I hope."

Trying to follow Utah's lead, the Buffaloes will look to be the second straight team to contain Oregon's Joseph Young (19.3 points per game). The junior guard totaled 49 points in the previous two games, but he had season lows of nine points and five field-goal attempts Thursday while committing four turnovers in 26 minutes.

Teammate Dominic Artis scored a season-high 12 and had four steals in his fourth game after being suspended for the first nine. The sophomore had three points and four turnovers at Colorado last season.

Dotson has scored in double figures in seven straight games but was held to a combined 10 points on 4-of-17 shooting in two losses to Colorado last season.

Scott is among the league leaders at 9.3 boards per game and recorded his fourth straight double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds versus Oregon State.

The Buffaloes' losses came to ranked Baylor and Oklahoma State teams, but they've won four straight at home against Top 25 teams after beating then-No. 6 Kansas 75-72 on Dec. 7.

Oregon hasn't played any ranked opponents this season and had a five-game winning streak against them snapped with a 77-69 loss to then-No. 2 Louisville in the regional semifinals of last year's NCAA tournament.