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Oregon Basketball

Preview: Florida A&M

December 18, 2018

The Ducks look to stretch their winning streak to four games when they face off at 3 p.m. Tuesday against Florida A&M.

On Saturday night, the Ducks were able to hold off Alex Hobbs and the Boise State Broncos, 66-54. But the biggest storyline during and after the game revolved around Bol Bol and the walking boot he was seen wearing on the bench.

The team released a statement before the game saying that Bol had suffered a left foot injury and that he would be re-evaluated this week. After the game, Dana Altman didn’t provide much more information, repeating, “Just a lower leg injury; we’ll play it day by day.”

With Bol’s injury, the extra minutes got split up between Oregon's other bigs, primarily Louis King and Francis Okoro. Altman said Mile Norris lobbied not to redshirt this season, so the 6-10 freshman made his collegiate debut against the Broncos.

King showed continued growth in his second game at the collegiate level, but there were also a few moments where he seemed to be forcing the action a little too much. I’m not concerned at all about King, because he has shown the ability to be difference-maker for the Ducks.

I don’t expect that Bol will play against the Rattlers. And I don't think the Ducks will need him to beat a 3-8 team.

The Rattlers are not having a great start to their season; in their last nine games they are 1-8. Their highest-scoring game this season was 80 points in a win over Fort Valley State, but most of the time they don’t get close to that number, averaging just 59 points a game.

Florida A&M's leading scorer is 6-1 senior guard Justin Ravenel, who is averaging 13.7 points a game. There is some height on the team, with three players standing at 6-9 or taller; senior Isaiah Martin is an even 7-footer.

Another big factor for this game is that the Rattlers will have played Utah at 5 p.m. on Monday, so win or lose they will be playing the Ducks on less than 24 hours' rest. That's a lot of traveling after a potential loss.

In the end, I don’t think that this game will be that close. Oregon should walk away with a big win.

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