COLLEGE HOOPS: Ducks, Beavers, Pilots, Vikings all must regroup
Civil War women's series starts Saturday at Oregon
Starting over is the theme of the week for the state's Division I basketball men's and women's teams.
A breakdown of Oregon, Oregon State, Portland and Portland State:
The Oregon men are coming off a loss for the first time this season. Oregon fell 100-91 Sunday at Colorado.
The Ducks (13-1) were denied the first 14-0 start since 1937-38.
Oregon must regroup for two home games this week: 8 p.m. Thursday vs. Cal (FOX Sports1) and 2 p.m. Sunday against Stanford (FS1).
The key Pac-12 game is 6 p.m. Thursday Arizona at UCLA (ESPN). Arizona (15-0 overall) and Colorado (13-2) lead the conference after 2-0 starts. UCLA (12-2) and Cal (10-4) are 1-1 in the Pac-12.
The Ducks, meanwhile, will have to go back to work on their defense, which has been a nagging problem despite their winning start.
Mike Moser, the transfer forward who prepped at Grant High, led the offense Sunday with 24 points, making 9 of 15 field-goal attempts.
Oregon State fell to 8-6 overall with losses at Colorado and Utah to open its Pac-12 season.
The Beavers play host to Stanford at 7 p.m. Thursday (Pac-12 Networks) and Cal at 5 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU).
"The thing that is most troubling is that our second team was playing harder than our first team," OSU coach Craig Robinson said after Saturday's 80-69 setback against the Utes.
The Portland Pilots have failed to hold serve at home to begin West Coast Conference play.
UP has played its first four WCC games at Chiles Center, and has a 1-3 record to show for it.
Next up is No. 18 Gonzaga (4-0 WCC, 14-2). The Zags visit UP at 8 p.m. Thursday to complete a five-game league homestand for the Pilots.
The visiting Bulldogs have won 22 consecutive WCC games spanning three seasons.
Portland State returns home, thankfully, after going 0-2 on the road to open Big Sky play.
PSU, which has lost 20 in a row on the road, will play host to Montana State at 7 p.m. Thursday and Montana at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Montana State shares the Big Sky lead at 2-0 (7-6 overall) and owns a preseason, three-point win over Portland, which beat the Vikings.
Montana is 1-1 (6-5 overall).
Oregon and Oregon State, both 0-2 after a tough road swing to the Bay Area, will have their two Civil War match-ups in a three-day span during the next week.
The first meeting is 6 p.m. Saturday at Oregon (Pac-12 Networks). Game two is at OSU at 7 p.m. Monday.
Oregon State has won the last five meetings. The Beavers beat the Ducks 63-53 and 68-49 last season.
Both teams are coming off tight losses at Cal and mid-size defeats at No. 4 Stanford. Oregon rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final 2:48 of regulation to force Cal to overtime; OSU stayed with Cal until the final minute or two in a 72-63 loss on Friday.
Oregon continues to lead the nation in points per game (101.7). Jillian Alleyne is first in rebounds (14.0 per game), and Chrishae Rowe is ninth in scoring (23.5 points).
Oregon State is tied for fourth in blocks per game (6.3), though, and has about as good a point-differential as the Ducks (plus-9.8 to Oregon's plus-11.6).
Portland, coming off its lowest point-production in program history, faces the top two teams in the early WCC standings this week.
San Diego (4-0 WCC, 15-0 overall) was ranked 24th in the nation last week. The Toreros play at Chiles Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
BYU is 3-1 in league and 13-2 overall. The Cougars will be at UP for a 2 p.m. Saturday game.
The Pilots have lost two in the row, the most recent their 56-24 defeat at home to Gonzaga on Friday.
Portland is 1-2 in conference and 8-6 overall.
Portland State has pulled off a 2-1 start in the Big Sky, knocking off preseason conference favorite Eastern Washington on the road and then splitting at home last weekend against Idaho State and Weber State.
The Viks (4-8 overall) leave the state this week to play at Montana State (6 p.m. Thursday) and Montana (1 p.m. Saturday).
Both Montana schools are 1-1 in the Big Sky. Montana (7-4 overall) was picked to finish second in the league. MSU (6-5) was tabbed for fourth place.