How Oregon lost: The Cardinal set up camp, made a fire, roasted marshmallows, and absolutely owned the interior against the Ducks. 42 points in the paint compared to the Ducks’ 28. Oregon was out-rebounded by 15 boards and just couldn’t find the right combination to slow down the freight train that is Stanford’s big man: redshirt junior forward Reid Travis who finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. Oregon (15-8, 5-5 Pac-12) gets routed by Stanford (13-11, 7-4 Pac-12) 96-61 in Palo Alto, California.
Oregon, the Pac-12 leaders in perimeter defense, allowed Stanford to shoot 60% from three-point range going 12-for-20 and 63% from the field. It had no answer for Cardinal senior Dorian Pickens who finished with 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting and 5-for-6 from three-point range.
What it means: Despite getting routed by 35 points, the Ducks did show two signs of life. Redshirt junior Paul White got the starting nod today replacing freshman Kenny Wooten and made the most of it getting off a quick seven points. However, White only played 16 total minutes and was quiet in the second half and Wooten just 18 minutes.
Oregon’s half court press, with a smaller unit, also caused some trouble for the Cardinal and forced three turnovers which turned into quick points. Oregon went on an 8-0 run with this smaller lineup at the helm, lead by the freshmen Victor Bailey Jr. and Troy Brown up front.
An interesting stat to look at in this game was minutes played. No Ducks player played over 29 minutes. Head coach Dana Altman mixed it up quite frequently trying to find the right combination to not just slow down Stanford’s efficient offense, but to also find scorers and offensive production. It also could have been Oregon’s foul trouble that cause Altman to look to his bench.
High flying Ducks: Playing with four fouls, freshman Troy Brown didn’t let that slow him down. Brown finished as Oregon’s leading scorer with 15 points and six rebounds. Off the bench once again was the Ducks’ spark plug Bailey Jr., finishing with 13 points. Elijah Brown and White each finished with 10 points.
Foul play: Sophomore guard Payton Pritchard, and each committed two fouls in the opening 10 minutes of the first half. Troy Brown picked up his fourth foul early in the second half but still played 24 minutes.
Up next: Oregon returns home to host the Washington Huskies (16-6, 6-3 Pac-12) at 7 PM (PT) this Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena.