Why are people so invested in Oregon State football? | AP

The Oregon State women’s basketball team is the No. 2 seed in the Pac-12 South.

But the Oregon State men’s basketball program has a new opponent.

The Portland Thorns (10-4) are looking to build on a 7-1 record against the Ducks in the past six meetings, including a season-opening win Saturday in Portland.

They are also coming off their most dominating victory in conference play, defeating Stanford last Saturday in the semifinals.

The Ducks (9-6) have won five of their past six games.

They’re coming off back-to-back wins over Oregon State, including Thursday night’s 100-84 win in Eugene.

The Thorns were held to 18.8 percent shooting.

The Ducks shot 54.4 percent and had 28 assists.

The Thorns have been especially effective against the Thorns, averaging 91.8 points per game and 37.8 assists.

Oregon State has allowed an average of 107.3 points per contest.

“I think it’s the best thing for the program,” coach Becky Hammon said.

“I think they’ve got a lot of great young talent and they’ve been very consistent.”

The Ducks are coming off an 80-69 victory over No. 3 Kentucky last Friday in the Elite Eight.

Hammon has said the Thons will take a “hard look” at their record against Kentucky in the next round.

Oregon State and Stanford have played two games since the Ducks lost their first-round NCAA tournament game to Louisville in April.

The Cardinal won that matchup, 94-90, on Monday.

The Cardinal are 6-1 against the rest of the conference and have a 3-1 mark against the Pac 12 South.

The team also won the last two matchups in Eugene, winning 79-76 on Nov. 20.

The game is the second of a three-game series that includes a matchup Friday at 7 p.m. at the Moda Center in Seattle.

The other game will be broadcast on ESPN.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.