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No. 21 Oregon to be without two key players vs. Oregon State

Field Level Media
22 Jan 2021, 08:40 GMT+10

No. 21 Oregon will be without leading scorer Chris Duarte as well as LJ Figueroa when it returns to the floor against visiting Oregon State on Saturday in the program's first game in two weeks.

Duarte and Figueroa will be out Saturday due to COVID-19 protocols, according to Ducks coach Dana Altman.

Oregon (9-2, 4-1 Pac-12) paused team activities on Jan. 12 due to COVID-19 issues within the program. The Ducks had three straight home games postponed -- Arizona State (Jan. 14), Arizona (Jan. 16), and UCLA (Jan. 19). The UCLA game has been moved to Feb. 1 in Los Angeles.

Altman said neither Duarte or Figueroa are displaying symptoms.

"They're down. There's no other way to put it," Altman told reporters. "They're disappointed. They wanted to play. I think we've done a good job so far. You start going over everything that could've caused a thing like this, whether it's small locker rooms, the plane, what was it that got it started?

"But those guys are competitors. LJ and Chris, they came here and they want to win, they want to play. ... (LJ), he's mad, Chris is upset. They want to play."

Oregon will also be without Will Richardson (thumb).

Duarte is averaging 18.4 points per game and also leads the Ducks in 3-point baskets (31) and steals (27).

Figueroa ranks fourth in the team in scoring (10.1) and is tied for the rebounding lead (6.5).

Oregon's last outing was a 79-73 road win over Utah on Jan. 9.

--Field Level Media

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