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Oregon Basketball

Ducks Handle Boise State

December 29, 2018

Oregon Duck fans got to see what the team looks like without Bol Bol AND Kenny Wooten against Boise State and it was really tough to watch. But in the end the Ducks got their second win over Boise State this season, 62-50, but more importantly getting their first road win. 


Neither team started off the game well with the first two minutes of the game not resulting in any points for either team. Even when the shots did start to fall they were few and far in between for both teams.


It was no surprise that Oregon was struggling to score on offense though because they were playing without leading scorer Bol Bol yet again. What made it even harder for the Ducks to get going was their young big men getting in foul trouble early. Francis Okoro picked up 2 fouls in the first half and as a result had to sit for a majority of the half and then Miles Norris got limited minutes because he picked up 3 fouls in the first half as well.


Ehab Amin came off the bench and made a big impact for the Ducks throughout the entire game and had himself a career night. In the first half when nothing was going right on offense Amin had 9 points, leading the team. In the second half he started slowly but by the end of the game had made some really nice plays for the Ducks. He finished the game with 23 points, 6 rebound, 2 assists and a handful of steals.


The Ducks went into halftime trailing to the Broncos 28-24 but like they have done so many times this season they came out into the second half inspired. Led by back to back to back bad passes by the Broncos and some quick hands by Victor Bailey Jr. the Ducks where starting to show some life. 


The Ducks defense is what was their biggest weapon this game. In the first two minutes of the game when neither team was scoring the Broncos couldn’t score because they weren’t getting good looks. Throughout the entire game when shots weren’t falling for the Ducks their defense is what kept them in the game. 


This team has a trend of starting off games really poorly and then heating up in the second half. Any other year I would say that type of performance is a major concern but this year the PAC-12 conference is so weak that it might not be that big of an issue. 


This team is really struggling on offense without Bol Bol so the sooner he returns the better. The Ducks have kept all the information regarding his injury close to the vest which isn’t a great sign but hopefully the Ducks get him back soon so they can get as good a chance as possible to make it into March Madness. 

The Ducks next game is against a week from now, Saturday, against the Oregon State Beavers back in Eugene. 

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