Oregon’s Offense Comes Quacking to Seattle
On the Pacific coast, few rivalries are have as much passion as the one between Oregon-Washington. Despite the vast differences in Eugene and Seattle, two elements are identical: The Washington Husky and Oregon Duck fan bases hate each other with a passion.
Whether its football at Husky Stadium or a game of shirts and skins on a blacktop in Eugene, fans and players alike want a win against the other at all costs.
The Pac-12 regular season champions Washington Huskies have come out with a chip on their shoulders after the team felt disrespected by the NCAA selection committee.
That said, Oregon should not be surprised by anything that the Huskies do after playing them for 80 minutes in the regular season and watching ample film on Lorenzo Romar’s team. A 25-point beat down of the Huskies at Matt Knight Arena should provide the Ducks confidence going into Tuesday.
Here are a five things that fans can expect of the Ducks during Tuesday’s NIT match-up.
1). Heaps of Devoe Joseph
The Ducks’ leading scorer arguably had the worst shooting game in his entire life going 1-13 in his last game in Seattle. Devoe Joseph will be motivated to avenge his poor performance in front of a hostile Washington crowd. Motivation will be limitless for him individually. You better believe confidence won’t be an issue for Joseph, either. Ever.
2). Three Point Shooting Galore
Oregon notched a season-high in points during a 108-97 home win over Iowa on Sunday in Eugene. One of the best shooting teams in Pac-12 play, the Ducks shot 10-23 from the three-point line in their win 108-97 against Iowa on Sunday. Expect Joseph and guard Garrett Simto let them fly from downtown.
3). E.J. Singler
This year Singler averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest against the Huskies. Singler has arguably been the most consistent Duck all season. Don’t expect that to change on Tuesday.
4). Tons of Scoring
Dana Altman has channeled his inner Chip Kelly as the hoops team’s play resembles a hardwood version of the freewheeling option offense played at Autzen.
Altman’s Ducks have topped 90 points in four of their past five games, averaging 90 points on the dot during the stretch. Remember, the Huskies gave up 82 in the two teams’ last meeting
5). Suprisingly… Defense
Giving up 97 points in a regulation game to a Big 10 team has to be a cause for concern for the Ducls. The Ducks are fully aware that Terrence Ross is playing good basketball, as he scored a career-high 32 points against Northwestern on Friday.
Altman and the Ducks know that if they allow Ross to score anything close to that total and if the back court fails to contain freshman Tony Wroten Jr. Oregon will lose.
The seniors for both squads will have extra motivation in this rubber match between the two teams, as the losing seniors don’t want to end with a loss against their rival.
As a result, expect this game to carry more motivation than a Pac-12 or a typical NIT match-up.
The Ducks owned the Huskies in football this year and fans have quacked about it all off-season. Don’t think the basketball players haven’t talked about continuing the trend on the court especially at the Alaska Airlines Arena.