No Love in L.A.
Oregon Ducks lost last night, in Los Angeles, to the UCLA Bruins 86-78 in overtime. This marks the Ducks second loss in Los Angeles this weekend and puts the Ducks at 17-10 on the season and 7-7 in conference play.
Oregon struggled on defense this game allowing Aaron Holiday to rack up 29 points including five from behind the arc and Kris Wilkes having 19 points and also had five from behind the arc.
This team has had a problem this season of playing the full game and they struggled again with it last night. They had moments of brilliance like when they were able to rally back from being down by 11by getting stops on defense but they also had complete break downs like allowing themselves to get down by 11. The Ducks would go through ups and downs all night long and in the end, it bit them in the butt when they weren’t able to make any shots on offense.
The Ducks struggled on offense tonight especially from behind the arc. In the game the Ducks shot 39 threes and only made 13. This team seems to have an inability to drive to the rim which results in a lot of threes and a lot of pull-up jumpers like we saw last night. There is something to be said about not giving up and to keep shooting but there were so many opportunities for better shots instead of a three pointer. When Elijah Brown is on he helps this team secure games with his shooting but when he is off like last night he is a detriment to the team’s success shooting unnecessary three after unnecessary three.
The Ducks scoring problems only got worse in the final minutes of the game. In the final minutes of games, the Ducks play against themselves as much as they do the other team.
Last night, the Ducks were able to tie the game up at 71 after being down by 11 only a few minutes before. Then, UCLA turned the ball over leading to Oregon having the ball with just over 20 seconds left in the game. Pritchard burned the clock down to 11 seconds before passing to McIntosh who missed the go-ahead layup. The play had to be reviewed because the referees weren’t sure who the ball went out before they confirmed that it was Oregon ball. With six seconds left the final play was Payton Pritchard inbounding the ball to Elijah Brown who shot an off center three… which missed. In over time the Ducks only scored seven points which led to them losing the game.
This was a hard weekend of Oregon basketball to watch because the Ducks didn’t play the best games that they could have and now the final games are tough against the Arizona schools in Eugene.