MILWAUKEE -- Oregon won't spend much time looking back at its win over BYU in December.
The Ducks (23-9) insist that both they and the Cougars (23-11) have progressed enough in the past three months to make the video of Oregon's 100-96 overtime victory over BYU on Dec. 21 at Matthew Knight Arena mostly irrelevant.
"We can see how they play their zone defense," senior guard Johnathan Loyd said. "It's a little bit of a hybrid, so we can see how they do it and see what type of plays they run, but that's all we can really take from it. Kyle Collinsworth is hurt, and so they'll play different. He was a big part of the game, so they'll have different lineups and a different attack now."
Collinsworth, a 6-foot-6 sophomore who averaged 14 points per game, second on the team, and led the Cougars with 8.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per contest while starting all 34 games, will not play in the rematch during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at 12:10 p.m. Thursday. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament last week in the second half of the Cougars' 75-64 loss to Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference championship game. He had 15 points, eight assists, and five rebounds in the loss to Oregon.
"We've had a few practices and we're all just going to have to step up because replacing Kyle, you can't do it," junior guard Matt Carlino said. "We're all going to have to step up, especially rebounding-wise."
Carlino, BYU's third-leading scorer with 13.7 points per game, probably will replace Collinsworth in the starting lineup. He has been coming off the bench in recent games, but made 15 starts, including one at Oregon, when he had 15 points on 5-for-17 shooting to go with 11 rebounds.
"When a guy goes out for one game, everyone else is excited about picking it up," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "Whoever is backing him up is excited about the opportunity, and I think for one game it is way overplayed when somebody goes out."
Collinsworth's absence might result in even more shots for 6-5 junior Tyler Haws, who ranks sixth in the nation with 23.4 points per game.
He averages more than 16 shots per game and shoots 46.6 percent from the field and 41.1 percent on three-pointers.
"He's as good as we have faced all year and we've faced some good ones," Altman said. "He can score with the best of them, and defensively, he presents challenges."
Haws had 32 points in the first matchup against Oregon on 13-for-21 shooting and reserve guard Jason Calliste led the Ducks with 31 points in 31 minutes against the Cougars.
"We have improved defensively, and I'm sure they have improved offensively," Altman said. "We're executing a little bit better offensively than we were then. It will be a tough game. Jason had an unbelievable game the last time we played them, so somebody will have to step up and we have to have some players play awfully well to get them again."
Oregon should have the same starting five it had against BYU; the Ducks are 18-2 with Loyd, Joseph Young, Waverly Austin, Mike Moser and Damyean Dotson as starters. That group started the first 11 games of the season, culminating with the victory over BYU before Altman switched up his starters during Oregon's midseason slump. He went back to the original starting lineup late in the season and the Ducks went 7-1 in those games, with the lone loss coming in their last outing against UCLA in the second round of the Pac-12 tournament on Thursday.
"It is time to bounce back from taking that loss," Loyd said of the 82-63 set back against the Bruins.
"It left a sour taste in our mouth. We didn't feel like we showed people our best game, did not give it our all. We have to go out and do the opposite and leave it all out there."
Altman gave the Ducks two days off after the UCLA loss and was encouraged with how they returned to practice on Sunday.
"It was tough because we didn't play very well (against UCLA)," he said. "That hurt them more than anything. We were right there and we didn't play well. They'll bounce back and be ready to go."
Like Oregon, BYU had a strong finish to the season before losing in its conference tournament. The Cougars won 10 of 11 games down the stretch to get into the NCAA Tournament field.
"Back when we played them in December, we were still trying to figure out how we were playing," Dotson said. "They were playing good, we were playing good. It was a fast game. If we slow them down and they try to slow us down, I think it will be a long, exciting game."
Oregon scored the first basket against BYU in December and did not lead again until Dotson scored to put the Ducks ahead 96-94 in overtime. BYU led by as many as 10 points.
"It's exciting because down the stretch we had them," BYU junior guard Anson Winder said. "To know you had a team like that beat and you're going in to face them again at a neutral site, it's something we're going to prepare for."
The rematch comes with much higher stakes, but Altman wants the Ducks to prepare for the Cougars the same way they did in December.
"The outside world gives (the NCAA Tournament) all the attention," he said. "I don't need to treat it any different. You don't have to worry about motivation. All we have to worry about is playing and for us to do that, we want to keep it as consistent as we have. We won't do anything different. We'll treat it as a tournament at a neutral site and let's go."
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