EUGENE, Ore. – Utah Valley University will play its second ranked team in as many games when the Wolverines travel to Eugene to face No. 17 Oregon on Tuesday at 7 p.m. MT. The game can be heard live on 960 AM the Zone and will air on the Pac 12 Networks.
The Wolverines (2-1) played at No. 8 Oklahoma State last Tuesday after beginning the season with home wins over IUPUI and North Carolina A&T. Utah Valley topped IUPUI, 74-66, in the opener behind 18 points from Holton Hunsaker and 13 points and 10 rebounds from Zach Nelson. Hunsaker led the way with 16, while Ben Aird finished with 15 points and 12 boards in the win over A&T. In Stillwater though, the Big 12 co-favorites were too much for UVU in a 93-40 win.
In addition to being the second straight game against a nationally ranked foe, it marks the fourth time in the program’s NCAA Division era, since 2003, that Utah Valley will face a top 25 team. It also marks the third straight game for UVU against a team that won at least one game in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
“Oregon is an extremely athletic and potent scoring team,” UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker said. “Our transition defense is going to be tested as will our ability to compete on the backboards. It’s a special atmosphere there with the new facility and the height of the Oregon basketball program.”
Tuesday is the first-ever meeting between Utah Valley and Oregon, and the Wolverines’ sixth game against a team from the Pac 12. UVU is 2-3 all time against the conference: 1-0 vs. Oregon State and Arizona State, 0-2 vs. Cal and 0-1 vs. Washington State.
After a Sweet 16 appearance last season, Oregon returns two starters and welcomes nine newcomers to fourth-year coach Dana Altman’s squad. The Ducks (2-0) opened the season with an 82-75 win over Georgetown at U.S. Army Base Camp Humphrey’s in Pyeongtake, South Korea. The game was part of ESPN’s Veteran’s Week and labeled the 2013 Armed Forces Classic, honoring members of the U.S. Military. Both teams wore special camouflaged uniforms, while 2100 men and women of the armed forces watched the game in uniform.
Joseph Young scored 24 points in his Oregon debut and followed that up with 36 in a win over Western Carolina. So far this season, Young is 27-for-28 from the free-throw line. The Ducks are led by three Division I transfers in Young (Houston), Mike Moser (UCLA/UNLV) and Jason Calliste (Detroit). The three have combined to average 61.0 points through the first two games.
The Wolverines will play at Pepperdine on Saturday in Malibu, Calif. Tip is set for 6 p.m. MT and will be the third of five straight road games for UVU.
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.