There’s always next year
The Oregon Ducks mens basketball team finished the season with 24 wins and 2nd in the Pac 12, but since they did not have any wins against top 25 teams and they lost to Colorado in the first game in the conference tournament the Ducks missed out on the Big Dance.
Still, Oregon had a good season and they advanced to the NIT quarterfinals.
Here are 5 things we learned about Oregon hoops this season.
1. The Ducks always bounced back
Oregon showed they could bounce back this season, as they never lost 2 games in a row.
2. Oregon did not step up in the big games
While the Ducks only faced one ranked team this season, which was playing Vanderbilt in the season opener, they did not win any non-conference games and that did not look good on their Big Dance resume. Before Pac 12 play began they lost to Vanderbilt and then BYU and Virginia.
Their big loss was the upset to Colorado in the first round of the Pac 12 conference tournament.
3. Struggled against top teams in the Pac 12
While Oregon did beat Stanford twice this season they lost to Cal twice. Also, while going 1-1 against Colorado and Washington in conference play they lost to the Buffaloes in the conference tourney and to the Huskies in the quarterfinals of the NIT.
4. Oregon missed their window
I already mentioned that the Ducks did not come through in their big games, but Oregon missed out on their chance this season. The reason for this is that 3 of their 4 leading scorers are seniors.
5. Oregon’s defense let them down this season
While the Ducks had a solid scoring team their defense was not very good. In terms of opponents’ points allowed Oregon ranked 226th in the nation and 7th in the Pac 12.
Big Wins for Oregon this Season: Nebraska, UTEP, Stanford twice, Washington, and LSU and Iowa in the NIT Tournament.