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Oregon Basketball

Are they back?

February 9, 2018

The Ducks were able to rally after a tough loss over the weekend to beat the Washington Huskies 65-40 at home. I’m in a happy mood after watching this game so let’s focus on the positive of this game and not the uncertainty that is the rest of the Ducks season.

Kenny Wooten

If you were at Matthew Knight Arena last night you would have heard a combination of “KENNY WOOTEN WITH THE SLAM!” or “KENNY WOOTEN WITH THE BLOCK!” all night long. Wooten had 12 points, five rebounds and seven blocks. In the post-game interview Wooten mentioned that he felt like he hasn’t been playing up to what he thought he could and tonight was a step in the right. Like his stat line shows Wooten played probably the most solid 40 minutes of his career. He only missed one shot from the field going 6/7 on the night and because of the seven blocks was an intimidating force in the paint on defense, which the Ducks need so badly this season. So, if this is the new and improved Kenny Wooten I am ecstatic to see what the future holds for him and the Ducks. 

Troy Brown Jr.

Another one of Oregon’s freshman that had an impressive night against the Huskies Troy Brown Jr. scored 21 points, two assists, five rebounds and two steals. It was a happy sight to see this new fire in Brown as he drove to the rim. Brown showed off his range tonight going 8-12 from the field, 1/2 from behind the arc and a perfect 4/4 from the free throw line. His defense was also on point last night with good man to man coverage and five rebounds.  This was the first game in a while where Brown played like the prospect he was touted as out of high school. The only real flaw in Brown’s performance tonight was that he had four turnovers but I can overlook that right now. Brown showed yesterday with his range why he is so enticing to NBA scouts.

Playing a full 40 minutes

I am happy to report that the Ducks played the full 40 minutes in yesterdays win over the Washington Huskies. The icing on the cake was Elijah Brown nailing the three with under five seconds left in the game. Although it was a relatively low scoring affair the Ducks were able to separate themselves coming out of half time and didn’t stop even scoring on their last drive. Washington is a solid team this year and the Ducks being able to keep them to only 40 points was an impressive feat.

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