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MBB Game 23 Preview: Oregon Ducks @ Arizona Wildcats

Tipoff: 7:30pm, TV (FSN), Radio, Satellite, Internet (Live Audio/Video & Stats)

So what do we even begin to expect from the Ducks this weekend against the Arizona schools?  A sweep?  Getting swept?  A split?  Close games?  Blow outs?  I am beyond lost in trying to figure out this team.

So instead let's take a look at the first opponent - Arizona.  After rattling off 4 straight conference wins, starting with the butt kicking of Oregon in Eugene, Arizona fell back to earth with a rather pedestrian performance in "Oregon's Hat" last week culminating in an eighteen point shellacking at the hands of the cow-town Cougars.

So at the very least we should expect a Wildcats (I think Wildcats is the most overused mascot between colleges even though it's actually Eagles) team that is ready to get back to their winning ways at home and compete for the conference crown.

Freshman forward Derrick Williams is Arizona's leading scorer and the last time he played Oregon he went for 20.  The obvious leader of team has to be Senior PG Nic Wise.  Oregon's back court is going to have their hands full trying to contain this daunting duo.  Arizona is not a very deep team but when 13 of your 15 players are underclassmen you aren't going to be expecting too much from the bench.  While they may be tied for second in the Pac (and really who isn't?) they rank near the bottom in scoring defense, FG percentage, and rebound defense.  Oregon will have to be concerned with their zone defense and will need to pay attention to their spacing because Arizona is one of the best in the Pac at 3-point shooting percentage.

So how does Oregon start the weekend off with a win?  I think Oregon's size will be a problem for Arizona.  Oregon will have the ability to crash the boards and get some rebounds and put backs.  Communication and awareness on defense will be paramount as Arizona will do a good job moving the ball and looking for the open man.  Arizona's defense is not as stingy or as disciplined as OSU was last week, so Oregon should be able to get into their offense and get the ball down low if they stay focused.

Keys to the Game - The Three H's:

Head - Oregon needs to use their heads in this game.  They need to be smart with the ball and make good decisions on offense.  Keep the focus on getting the ball down low and making Arizona go to their bench because of foul trouble, and that will start to open up lanes for the guards and wings to score in the paint.  Oregon also needs to use their head when it comes to defense.  As mentioned above, communication and concentration on where the shooters are when Oregon is in their zone is important or Arizona will find the open shooters (Williams and Wise) and make them pay.

Hustle - I want to see some hustle from these guys.  That's what really won the games against So Cal schools, and it's also just more fun to watch.  If I see a rebound hit the ground, or a loose ball that doesn't have an Oregon player diving after, then I'm going to seriously reconsider whether or not Ernie has lost this team.  As ridiculous as it sounds, there is not a team Oregon will play the rest of the year that they are not capable of beating, if they hustle.  If they stand around, play lethargic, or expect to just show up and win, they won't win a single game down the stretch.

Heart - Let's see some heart guys.  I want to see guys scrap and claw for every inch in this game.  I want guys flying around like they give a damn about showing up and representing the University of Oregon.  If that means Armstead needs to get in Porter's face when he jacks up an ill-advised three, so be it.  If Dunigan or Jacob need to give an earful to their teammates because they just stared at them with the ball once they've worked their ass off to establish position on the block, fine.  Guys coming in off the bench need to be ready to go, give it their all for a few minutes, grab a rebound, set a screen, move without the ball and take a charge then go back to the bench where they can wave and cheer and root their teammates on to victory.  I don't want the loudest thing on the team to be the head coach yelling at the players.  I want the loudest thing from the team to be the attitude and heart that Oregon puts forth in the game.  I want to hear screams on dunks.  I want to hear whooping and hollering from the players from excitement about what they are doing.  I want to see HEART!

That's what I expect from this team.  Head, Hustle and Heart.  Play smart, fly around and give your all for the Mighty Oregon.  Do that and I could care less if Arizona wins the game.  Do that and I guarantee that Oregon will have a chance in the end.

Head, Hustle and Heart.  GO DUCKS!

Oregon Ducks

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Tajuan Porter 18 28.9 4.1 11.1 36.7 2.4 6.6 36.1 1.4 1.7 86.7 0.5 2.1 2.6 1.9 2.4 0.8 0.0 2.2 11.9
Malcolm Armstead 22 31.0 4.5 9.5 47.6 0.8 2.1 37.0 1.5 2.1 73.9 0.7 2.0 2.7 4.0 2.4 2.1 0.1 2.1 11.3
Michael Dunigan 20 21.2 3.4 6.2 55.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.6 5.7 62.3 2.2 3.3 5.5 0.1 1.5 0.7 1.6 2.6 10.4
LeKendric Longmire 18 19.0 2.9 6.8 42.3 0.1 0.8 13.3 1.4 2.1 70.3 1.8 1.7 3.5 0.6 0.8 1.1 0.1 2.1 7.3
Teondre Williams 22 18.1 2.7 6.3 42.4 0.5 1.4 38.7 1.3 2.0 65.9 1.2 1.3 2.5 0.9 1.2 0.5 0.3 1.2 7.2
Jeremy Jacob 22 16.6 2.5 5.2 48.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 2.1 69.6 1.3 2.5 3.8 0.0 0.9 0.2 0.1 1.3 6.5
Joevan Catron 4 21.3 1.0 3.0 33.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 3.5 4.0 87.5 1.8 4.0 5.8 0.8 1.5 1.0 0.5 3.0 5.5
EJ Singler 22 22.3 1.8 3.8 46.4 0.3 0.9 30.0 1.5 1.9 81.0 1.2 2.9 4.1 1.4 1.2 0.4 0.3 2.2 5.4
Matthew Humphrey 9 12.4 1.7 4.6 36.6 1.0 3.1 32.1 0.9 1.2 72.7 0.7 1.1 1.8 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.2 2.0 5.2
Garrett Sim 22 18.1 1.7 4.6 36.6 1.0 3.0 33.8 0.7 1.0 72.7 0.7 1.3 2.0 1.3 0.9 0.5 0.1 2.0 5.1
Jamil Wilson 22 18.0 1.9 4.6 41.6 0.4 1.4 26.7 0.8 1.0 77.3 1.4 2.2 3.5 1.1 1.0 0.5 0.5 2.0 5.0
Josh Crittle 15 7.3 0.8 1.5 52.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.2 55.6 0.6 0.7 1.3 0.1 0.5 0.1 0.1 1.6 2.3
Drew Wiley 17 7.9 0.8 1.9 40.6 0.5 1.5 36.0 0.2 0.2 75.0 0.4 0.4 0.8 0.3 0.5 0.1 0.2 1.1 2.2
John Elorriaga 3 2.7 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.0
Nicholas Fearn 3 2.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.3 1.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0


Arizona Wildcats


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Derrick Williams 23 26.8 5.0 8.8 56.9 0.1 0.4 33.3 5.2 7.4 70.6 2.0 5.0 7.1 0.7 1.6 0.5 0.7 2.4 15.3
Nic Wise 22 32.0 4.5 11.0 40.7 1.7 4.2 41.3 4.6 5.1 89.4 0.2 3.0 3.1 3.5 2.5 1.9 0.1 2.5 15.3
Kyle Fogg 23 28.0 3.4 7.9 43.6 1.3 3.0 44.3 2.8 3.7 77.4 0.7 2.4 3.1 2.0 1.8 1.0 0.3 2.2 11.0
Jamelle Horne 22 29.4 3.8 8.5 44.9 1.8 4.1 44.4 0.8 1.5 51.5 1.2 4.6 5.8 1.5 1.7 0.8 1.1 2.8 10.2
Solomon Hill 23 25.6 2.5 5.2 47.9 0.1 0.7 20.0 1.7 2.5 70.2 1.7 3.0 4.6 1.7 2.2 0.5 0.1 2.8 6.8
Lamont Jones 22 18.1 2.2 5.8 38.6 0.4 1.9 19.0 0.7 1.1 64.0 0.2 1.2 1.5 1.4 1.5 0.8 0.0 1.8 5.5
Kevin Parrom 13 20.4 1.3 4.5 29.3 0.2 1.0 15.4 1.1 1.8 60.9 1.2 2.6 3.8 1.5 1.1 0.5 0.3 3.1 3.8
Dondre Wise 5 10.2 0.6 2.6 23.1 0.2 1.6 12.5 2.4 2.4 100.0 0.2 1.2 1.4 1.2 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.0 3.8
Brendon Lavender 21 17.6 1.0 3.1 32.3 0.7 2.3 31.3 0.3 0.4 87.5 0.3 0.9 1.2 0.8 0.7 0.2 0.0 1.1 3.0
Kyryl Natyazhko 23 12.0 0.7 2.0 31.9 0.0 0.2 25.0 0.7 1.0 70.8 0.9 1.3 2.2 0.1 0.7 0.2 0.2 2.0 2.1
Alex Jacobson 13 7.1 0.7 0.8 90.0 0.1 0.1 100.0 0.2 0.3 75.0 0.4 0.5 0.9 0.0 0.6 0.1 0.1 0.8 1.7
Garland Judkins 6 4.3 0.3 0.5 66.7 0.2 0.2 100.0 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.0 0.7 0.7 0.3 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.2
D.J. Shumpert 10 2.1 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.4 50.0 0.4 0.3 0.7 0.2 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.2