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BYU basketball: Oregon excited for its rematch against the Cougars

Published: Sunday, July 5 2015 9:21 p.m. MDT

Oregon's Johnathan Loyd, left, and Mike Moser, right, cover BYU's Matt Carlino, center, as he looks for an open lane during the first half of in an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Saturday, December 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch) (Chris Pietsch, AP) Oregon's Johnathan Loyd, left, and Mike Moser, right, cover BYU's Matt Carlino, center, as he looks for an open lane during the first half of in an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Saturday, December 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch) (Chris Pietsch, AP)

A fast-paced game should be in store when BYU matches up with No. 7 seed Oregon in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday in Milwaukee. The Ducks (23-9) average 81.8 points per game — 11th most in the country.

Of course their style of play is familiar to BYU, which lost to the Ducks in a 100-96 overtime track meet back on Dec. 21 in Eugene Ore. Since that win, Oregon had its ups and downs, including losing eight of its first 11 conference games, but rebounded with eight straight wins leading up and into the Pac-12 tournament.

Eventual tournament champion UCLA defeated the Ducks in the quarterfinals 83-62 — a loss that still stings a bit.

“We’ve got a sour taste in our mouths,” senior guard Jonathan Lloyd told the Daily Emerald. “We didn’t feel like we showed people our best game. We didn’t give it our all, so we’re about to go out there and do the complete opposite.”

BYU's Tyler Haws, left, Frank Bartley IV, Josh Sharp, Kyle Collinsworth and Matt Carlino come together at mid-court after Oregon took the lead in overtime in an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. Oregon defeated BYU 100-96 in overtime. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch) (Chris Pietsch, AP) BYU's Tyler Haws, left, Frank Bartley IV, Josh Sharp, Kyle Collinsworth and Matt Carlino come together at mid-court after Oregon took the lead in overtime in an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. Oregon defeated BYU 100-96 in overtime. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch) (Chris Pietsch, AP)

Oregon is led by 6-foot-2 guard Joseph Young, who averages a team-high 18.6 points, and 6-foot-8 forward Mike Moser, who averages 13.5 points and eight rebounds. In their overtime win over the Cougars, it was reserve guard Jason Caliste leading the way with 31 points.

Overall, the Ducks are happy with their first-round draw.

“Nothing but excitement,” Lloyd said of his reaction when learning his team's first-round opponent. “It’s a great opportunity for us (playing) a BYU team we played already. We’re both different teams, so it’s going to be a tough matchup. A great game.”

Sophomore forward Elgin Cook, a Wisconsin native, is excited for the opportunity to go back home.

"It's going to be exciting," Cook told GoDucks.com. "It's almost going to be like a home game for us. I'm going to get as many people to the game to support us as possible."

BYU'S Eric Mika, left, and Oregon's Elgin Cook, center, dive for a loose ball as BYU's Nate Austin, right, moves in during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch) (Chris Pietsch, AP) BYU'S Eric Mika, left, and Oregon's Elgin Cook, center, dive for a loose ball as BYU's Nate Austin, right, moves in during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch) (Chris Pietsch, AP)

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