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Oregon Basketball

Ducks Defense comes up big in win

March 14, 2019

Oregon’s game against Washington State didn’t start off well with 2 minutes of scoreless basketball. But after that rocky beginning, everything started to come up Ducky.

Oregon held Washington State to 3 points in the first 12 minutes. The Ducks went into half leading 37-20 and ended up winning 84-51.

It took the Ducks almost the whole season, but they have really found their identity through their defense. Oregon has been successful by using a full-court press and a mix of man and zone defenses in the half court to confuse and suffocate opponents.

The Cougars have had a problem all season  turning the ball over. And Wednesday was no different, with 16 giveaways in the first half alone and 20 overall.

In their last four games, Oregon opponents have scored 51 points on average. And in this game, Washington State scored exactly 51.

An argument can be made that Washington has played the best defense over the whole Pac-12 season,. But right now, I think Oregon is playing the best defense in the conference by a long shot.

As far as the Ducks' offense goes, I really can’t find anything to complain about, which is a first for this season. Everyone who played had a solid performance.

A result of the Ducks' dominant play, Dana Altman was able to rest his starters and give the bench players a lot more minutes.

Louis King was the only starter who broke into double digits, with 12 points. The leading scorer was Ehab Amin with 17.

But like I said before, everyone had a strong performance. Miles Norris finished with 14 points, and Will Richardson added 10.

I think this was the perfect way for the Ducks to open this tournament. Winning four games in four days isn’t easy, so being able to rest your starters as much as the Ducks were able to should have a huge payoff in their next game -- 8:30 p.m. Thursday against the Utah Utes on ESPN.

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