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Oregon State will have to contend with Oregon's Chris Boucher (25), one of the leading shot-blockers in the country, in Saturday's Civil War at Matthew Knight Arena.

Here’s a look at Oregon, which hosts Oregon State on Saturday night in the 347th version of the Civil War, the most contested rivalry in college basketball.

The 13th-ranked Ducks (15-2, 4-0 Pac-12) have won 13 straight games, including the last three by an average of 21.3 points. In those three games, Oregon has had three different players (Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey, Chris Boucher) score at least 28 points in separate contests.

In all, Oregon has five players who have scored at least 20 points this season.

The Ducks are the top shot-blocking team in the country at 7.4 per game. Boucher, a senior forward, leads the Pac-12 and is 10th in the country at 2.1 Jordan Bell is sixth in the Pac-12 at 2.1. In addition, Bell, a junior forward, is third in the conference in field goal percentage at 60.0 and Boucher fifth at 58.3.

Oregon has four players averaging in double-digit scoring, led by Boucher (14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds) and Brooks, a junior forward (13.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists).

Bell averaged 10.4 points and 7.9 rebounds and sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey is at 13 points and 3.4 rebounds. Dorsey shoots 40.9 percent from the 3-point line.

Oregon is fifth in the conference in scoring at 79.9 and third in points allowed at 64.5. The Ducks have held 15 of 17 opponents under 70 points. (Oregon State has scored under 70 in 13 of 17 games.)

Oregon is second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage defense (38.8), second in assists (17.0) and second in offensive rebounds (12.1).

Oregon head coach Dana Altman is one of six active coaches at the NCAA Division I level with 19 consecutive winning seasons. He has a record of 579-309 in 28 seasons at the NCAA level.

Altman, in his seventh season in Eugene, is a three-time Pac-12 coach of the year. He won that award last year, when the Ducks won a school-record 31 games, claimed the Pac-12’s regular-season and conference tournament titles and led Oregon to its first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

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