Oregon won 21 games last season, but getting back to that total may be harder this season since the Ducks lost 3 of their top 4 scorers.
2010-11: 21-18, 7-11
There are many talented players for Oregon this season led by E.J. Singler, who averaged 11.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals last season. Still, will other players step up, especially in the scoring department?
That is the big question for the Ducks this season.
Joevan Catron, Jay-R Stowbridge and Malcolm Armstead are all gone and these guys were 3 of the top 4 scorers last year. Catron was the team’s leading scorer, and his 15.9 ppg and 6.7 rpg will really be missed.
Stowbridge was one of the best 6th men in the Pac 10 (now Pac 12), last season and Armstead led the team in assists.
Ashaolu transferred from Louisiana Tech and even though he is only 6’6″ he is a tough PF that will really help the Ducks on the boards and he may start right off the bat.
Joseph will not be eligible to play until December after a trouble filled time while with Minnesota.
However, if he stays on the straight and narrow he is a solid guard that can light it up and is a good assist guy. Out of the 2 juco transfers and 4 incoming freshman 6’5″ incoming freshman Jabari Brown may be the gem of the bunch.
He can flat out score, plus is a great shooter.
Singler may have to be THE guy for Oregon this season at the 3 spot, and he needs to increase his scoring average.
The Ducks are loaded in the backcourt with guys like Garrett Sim and Johnathan Loyd, but Ashaolu and the 6’8′ forward duo of Tyrone Nared or Jeremy Jacob have to step up in the paint or teams will stack the perimeter.
Nared is not a big time scorer, but a legit defender and Jacob is a big guy that will take up space in the lane and must hit the boards hard this season.
The Ducks have talent, but losing so much scoring will hurt, especially early in the season.
I think they will finish with a winning record, but the Big Dance seems like a long shot in my opinion.
If, and its a big IF, they can get to 20 wins they have a chance and you never know.
Oregon Ducks 2011/12 Season Prediction
They will have to win some big Pac 12 games and get off to a great start, which is a good possibility since the Ducks only face one team ranked in the preseason top 25 in the first half of the season.
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