Oregon basketball

Ducks make it rain in second half to defeat Colorado State 95-65

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Ducks make it rain in second half to defeat Colorado State 95-65

How Oregon won: The Ducks got back to how Oregon wants to play basketball: gritty defense that turns into fast break opportunities. And that's exactly what we saw on the court of Matthew Knight Arena this evening. Oregon's smothering defense caused 16 Colorado State turnovers that lead to 26 points. It's that quick transition offense that the Ducks find their identity, always aiming to push and control the tempo off either a turnover or defensive rebound. This defensive-lead momentum, along with redshirt senior guard Elijah Brown's team-high 20 points, lead Oregon (6-3) past the Colorado State Rams (4-6) 95-65.

In a post-game press conference, Oregon head coach Dana said, "Second chance points 23 to four, points off turnovers 26 to seven... Those are stats we haven't seen. Out-rebounded them by 14 and this is a team that out-rebounded Florida State, Arkansas, and Colorado, so board-play was good."

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Not to mention the Ducks also capitalized off those Colorado State turnovers with 12 fast-break points compared to the Rams' two. 

"Payton Pritchard set a heck of a tone defensively," said Altman. "When that point guard is out there setting the tone, then Troy [Brown] and Elijah [Brown] really picked it up. I just thought our defensive effort was better tonight. I thought we gave up fewer good looks."

What it means: This was a better showing of Oregon basketball then the previous four games. Altman and his staff made good adjustments in the second half and relied more on the Ducks bench who outscored Colorado State's bench 30 to 11. 

High flying Ducks: Including Brown, six total Ducks scored in double figures tonight: Elijah Brown (20), Kenny Wooten (13), Paul White (12), Troy Brown (12), Payton Pritchard (11), and Mikyle McIntosh (10). This shows the ball movement trending in the right direction for Oregon.

"Tonight was big for him," said Pritchard on Elijah Brown following the game. "He hasn't been shooting it like Elijah normally has been. I'm hoping tonight is how it is every game because that's going to be a big help for us. He can catch fire, so that's big for our team." 

Foul play: Both Troy Brown and Mikyle McIntosh finished the game with four fouls each.

Up next: Oregon will host Texas Southern (0-8) at 7 PM (PT) on Monday, December 11 at Matthew Knight Arena.

Pure joy to heartbreak in a matter of seconds. Oregon loses to Boise State 73-70

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Pure joy to heartbreak in a matter of seconds. Oregon loses to Boise State 73-70

How Oregon lost: From pure joy to utter heartbreak in a matter of seconds. That's probably how Oregon fans, coaches, and players felt in the final seconds at Matthew Knight Arena tonight. With time winding down, Oregon sophomore guard Payton Pritchard pushed the pace, drove to the hoop and scored a lay-in with just four seconds left on the clock, the score now tied at 70 a piece. But that was three and a half seconds too many for Broncos guard Lexus Williams who got the ball inbounds quickly, dribbled right to his strong hand, and threw up a prayer from half court. Swish. Nothing but net. A dog pile on one end and a team with hands on their heads and jaws hanging low on the other. The Ducks' 46 home-game win streak comes to an end on a halfcourt shot, and the Boise State Broncos (7-1) come away with the 73-70 win over Oregon (5-3) at Matthew Knight Arena.

"They always hurt, you know, but we put ourself in that position," said Oregon head coach Dana Altman following the game. "Fast break points really hurt us, they had zero at half time and 14 in the second half, we didn't get back and put our defense together. Couple of those were three's which got them going. They were seven of 11 from three in the second half. Put them on the line way too much with really bad fouls. Got beat on second chance points... so lot of work to do. I keep saying that and I know you guys are tired of hearing it, but we got to cut the fouls down and we got to get a lot tougher defensively and a lot tougher on the boards."

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"We can't let this get down and ruin our season," said Pritchard. "But we can't be looking forward to big games or anything like that because obviously any team could beat us right now. So we got to take it one game at a time. Actually, one day at a time for this team."

What it means: The Ducks have some work to do. It starts with toughness on the defensive side of the ball both mentally and physically. The Ducks were out-rebounded as a team 33-30 while giving up 11 offensive rebounds and 11 second chance points. They must have a bigger presence down low grabbing boards and then in turn controlling the pace of play on the offensive side. On the other hand, the Ducks need to show mental toughness and not give up silly fouls like reaching in or not having body control. Those are the types of fouls the player can control. Oregon sent Boise State to the free throw line 25 times tonight.

There is a lot of room for growth for this young Oregon team, but can they get it done by the time conference play comes around?

"All that work is with the tough things," said Altman. "We'll learn to play together better, but the physicality of the game, the defense, the rebounding, that's just got to improve. And it comes down to toughness, and it comes down to leadership."

"Through the game, we should never get comfortable," said Pritchard. "If we're up 30 or down 30, don't matter, so that's just part of us growing up."

High flying Ducks: Pritchard was consistent once again for Oregon displaying his leadership on both sides of the ball. He came up huge for Oregon in the final minutes of tonight's game by controlling the pace and knowing when to drive to the hoop or dish it out to one of his teammates. Pritchard finished with a team-high 28 points on nine-of-16 shooting and with two of his most important points coming with four seconds left on the clock to tie the game 70-70.  

Foul play: Oregon was without freshman guard Troy Brown tonight due to concussion protocol. 6' 7" redshirt senior Mikyle McIntosh fouled out with just over six minutes left in the game and 6' 9" redshirt junior Paul White both fouled out with under a minute to go. 

Up next: Oregon hosts the Colorado State Rams (3-4) Friday, December 8th at 7 PM (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena.

Top-rated basketball recruit, R.J. Barrett, chooses Duke over Oregon

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Top-rated basketball recruit, R.J. Barrett, chooses Duke over Oregon

The nation's top basketball recruit, R.J. Barrett, just moments ago announced that he will attend Duke over Oregon and Kentucky.

"I can't wait to get there next year," Barrett said during a live stream broadcast. 

Oregon is still in play for Bol Bol, the No. 3-rated center in the nation. 

Barrett said he hopes to be one-and-done at Duke and enter the NBA Draft. 

Even if Oregon also misses out on Bol, it has been a strong week for Oregon. The Ducks earlier this week landed five-star forward Louis King out of Burlington, N.J., and four-star forward Miles Norris out of Chula Vista, Calif. near San Diego. Both are seniors and will join Oregon's team next fall. 

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King, the 23rd-rated players in the nation according to Rivals.com, is listed at 6-foot-8. He averaged 13.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for Hudson Catholic High School during his junior season. The 6-10 Norris has played for Mater Dei Catholic High School,  Helix High School and will play his senior season for Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. 

Oregon begins play this season tonight against Coppin State

Oregon basketball lands two more elite recruits, King and Norris

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Oregon basketball lands two more elite recruits, King and Norris

Oregon basketball coach Dana Altman has landed two more elite recruits that could help make the Ducks Final Four contenders in the near future. 

Oregon has signed five-star forward Louis King out of Burlington, N.J., and four-star forward Miles Norris out of Chula Vista, Calif. near San Diego. Both are seniors and will join Oregon's team next fall. 

“We really enjoyed getting to know Louis, Miles and their families during the recruiting process,” Altman said in a prepared statement. “These are two exceptional young men and I think our fans are really going to enjoy watching them play and getting to know them. Both of their families have been tremendous to us and they are truly excited about becoming Ducks. Miles and Louis will be great representatives for our basketball program and for the University of Oregon.”

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King, the 23rd-rated players in the nation according to Rivals.com, is listed at 6-foot-8. He averaged 13.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for Hudson Catholic High School during his junior season. The 6-10 Norris has played for Mater Dei Catholic High School,  Helix High School and will play his senior season for Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. 

Oregon is far from done. The Ducks are reportedly in the running for top-rated prospect, R.J. Barrett and the No. 3-rated player, center Bol Bol, the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, who passed away in 2010. 

Oregon begins play this season on Friday night against Coppin State

 

 

Former Oregon star Dillon Brooks showing NBA he is 'real deal'

Former Oregon star Dillon Brooks showing NBA he is 'real deal'

I don’t know about anybody else, but I left Tuesday’s Memphis-Portland game really impressed with Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks.

The former Oregon star not only started, he was a key player in Memphis’ 98-97 win over the Trail Blazers, making a steal that he converted into an and-one layin with 39.4 seconds left.

Then on the game’s final play, his defense made CJ McCollum hesitate in the corner after the Blazers guard had chased down a potential game-winner that missed. McCollum’s hesitation caused the clock to run out and preserved the Grizzlies win.

“He makes plays in crunch moments,’’ Memphis coach David Fizdale said. “That was something we noticed, our front office guys noticed when they watched the film on him. He always rose to the occasion in crunch moments. That’s something we really liked about him. He finds a way to help you win when everything is on the line.’’

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I’m not sure even the most die-hard Ducks fans who watched Brooks win the Pac-12 Player of the Year award thought Brooks would be making this kind of impact, this quickly.

In fact, it sounds like the more Memphis tours the NBA, the more eyes Brooks is opening.

“He looks like been playing in league for a while,’’ Memphis star Mike Conley said. “Each game he earns more respect, not just from us, but around the league. That’s all people come up and talk to us about – ‘that Dillon Brooks kid, he’s the real deal’ -  and we love that. He plays with chip on shoulder and he’s not afraid of the moment.’’

Because of injuries, Brooks on Thursday started his third game, and it looks like he could stick in that role, in large part because he defended well within the Grizzlies’ active and aggressive system.

It’s why Fizdale had no hesitation putting Brooks on McCollum for the final shot.

“I feel good with him on anybody,’’ Fizdale said. “We’re developing him to be a starter. He has to go through mistakes, getting the respect of officials – all of that stuff. But we can’t hide him from those guys.’’

The question many around the league might be asking is where was Brooks hiding on draft night? He was drafted with the 45th pick overall by Houston, then traded to Memphis. On opening night, he scored 19 points against New Orleans, the highest scoring NBA debut by a Canadian, surpassing Rick Fox’s 13 points in 1991, and the highest-scoring debut by a Memphis player since Rudy Gay had 21 points in 2006.

“Man, somebody made a mistake not drafting him,’’ Grizzlies star Mike Conley said on opening night.

For the season, Brooks is averaging 8.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 29.7 minutes a game after he finished with seven points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks on Tuesday. He played 38 minutes, the most of any player on Memphis.

“Before I came here I didn’t like playing defense,’’ Brooks said. “But now, I love playing defense. It keeps me on the floor. I get to challenge the best players in the NBA.’’

Today's Blazers' links:

Three final thoughts on Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies. 

Fan heckles Damian Lillard.

Trail Blazers.com looks at where the Blazers stack up in power rankings.

Oregon basketball teams to hold double-header charity games Saturday

Oregon basketball teams to hold double-header charity games Saturday

The Oregon men's and women's basketball teams will play a pair of charity exhibition games on Saturday morning at Matthew Knight Arena to raise money for those affected by the wildfires that ravaged the state last summer.

Admission is $10 for the double-header event that will not be televised. Money raised will go to the American Red Cross Oregon Wildfire Fund. Payment must be in the form of cash or check. Credit cards will not be accepted. The games are being held early in order to be done in time for fans to attend the Oregon football team's 2:45 p.m. game against Utah at Autzen Stadium. 

The women’s team will host Portland State at 9:30 a.m. 

“This is a great opportunity for our fans to get a look at two exciting teams,” UO women's coach Kelly Graves said in a prepared statement. “While at the same time, we are joining forces with Portland State to help with the recovery efforts in fire-damaged areas of our great state.”

The men’s team will play at 11 a.m. against Idaho.

“The NCAA has given us a unique opportunity to give back to our state, and we are honored to be able to do that,” Oregon men's coach Dana Altman said. “We want to encourage those fans who are coming to Eugene for the football game to come early and watch basketball for a good cause.”

The men’s team reached the Final Four last season. The women's team made it to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history.

Doors will open at 9:00 a.m., and all seating is general admission.

2017-2018 PAC-12 men's basketball schedule released

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2017-2018 PAC-12 men's basketball schedule released

Is it college basketball season yet? Well, not exactly, but the Pac-12 released today the 2017-2018 schedule to get you thinking for the next 181 days until the conference opener. Of course, there are still all the non-conference games before the PAC-12 season opener, which that schedule will be released later this summer, but let's take a closer glance at what the Oregon Ducks have in store this season:

Home games in BOLD.

Week 1: Dec. 27-31: [Home] Colorado vs. Oregon ; [Home] Utah vs. Oregon

Week 2: Jan. 3-7: [Away] Oregon at Oregon State

Week 3: Jan. 10-14: [Away] Oregon at Arizona ; [Away] Oregon at Arizona State

Week 4: Jan. 17-21: [Home] UCLA vs. Oregon ; [Home] USC vs. Oregon

Week 5: Jan. 24-28: [Home] Oregon State vs. Oregon

Week 6: Jan. 31 - Feb. 4: [Away] Oregon at California ; [Away] Oregon at Stanford

Week 7: Feb. 7-11: [Home] Washington vs. Oregon ; [Home] Washington State vs. Oregon

Week 8: Feb. 14-18: [Away] Oregon at UCLA ; [Away] Oregon at USC

Week 9: Feb. 21-25: [Home] Arizona vs. Oregon ; [Home] Arizona State vs. Oregon

Week 10: Feb. 28 - March 3: (Regular season concludes Saturday, March 3) [Away] Oregon at Washington ; [Away] Oregon at Washington State

Some quick snapshots of this upcoming season's schedule:

-The Ducks will only have to face Colorado/Utah once and at home. This is a huge advantage for Oregon because the Ducks have never won at Coors Event Center, home of the Colorado Buffaloes. Since joining the PAC-12 conference in 2011, both Colorado and Utah have been real tests on the road for Oregon.

-Oregon will face both Arizona and UCLA twice this upcoming season. One home series, one away series. The last few seasons, the PAC-12 has seen dominant play from all three of these schools, each seeing a national top 10 ranking for multiple weeks in last season alone.

-Sort of a good news, bad news for the Ducks: Oregon will only face the Bay Area schools of California and Stanford once, however, both of these games will be on the road. Oregon has struggled in the Bay Area as both California and Stanford prove to hold their ground at home against the Ducks. Before last season (Mr. Clutch) Dillon Brooks' last second shot to beat California, the Ducks were swept 11 out of the previous 15 visits to the Bay Area.

The Ducks only return one key starter in their lineup: sophomore guard Payton Pritchard. But head coach Dana Altman has been on the move and on the phone bringing in top recruits such as Kenny Wooten, Elijah Brown, and Troy Brown Jr.. The anticipated wait will also be over for Georgetown transfer forward Paul White. The Ducks will look different next year due to the departure of four of the five starters (Dylan Ennis, Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey, Chris Boucher, and Jordan Bell), and with the transfer of Kavell Bigby-Williams call for a new look.

Oregon's Jordan Bell looking for right fit as much as high pick in NBA Draft

Oregon's Jordan Bell looking for right fit as much as high pick in NBA Draft

CHICAGO – It was during an interview with an NBA team this week when Jordan Bell said he became emotional, his past at the University of Oregon haunting him again.

Over two days in Chicago, he was interviewed by nine teams: Detroit, Brooklyn, Washington, Miami, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and the LA Clippers.

One of the teams – Bell wouldn’t reveal which one – showed him video of the deciding plays in the Ducks’ Final Four loss to North Carolina – two offensive rebounds off missed free throws by the Tar Heels in the final seconds, which Bell in a tear-stained postgame interview blamed on himself.

“One of the meetings they had a video of the last two box outs and I got a little emotional just thinking about it again,’’ Bell said. “I don’t think it’s something I will ever get over. It is something that will always be in the back of my mind.’’

If it seems like a cruel exercise to throw at a 22-year-old kid, Bell didn’t take it that way. After the video stopped, Bell said the team asked how he learned from it, how he got over it and what he took from the experience.

Emotional, Bell said he answered like he plays: to the point and with feeling.

“Teams have been trying to get to know me as a person, and see who I am outside of basketball,’’ he said.

What he hopes they discover is a person who has found himself, which he says carries over to the basketball court.

While he says he patterns his game after Golden State’s Draymond Green and Denver’s Kenneth Faried, Bell says he is a defense-first player who will know how to embrace his role at the NBA level.

“I’m not someone who has to go from being a scorer in college to trying to adapt to a new role,’’ Bell said. “The person I’ve been playing in college is exactly the person they will ask me to be in the NBA.’’

That role, Bell figures, should be in demand in this draft.

“I think the need in the NBA right now is definitely defense,’’ Bell said. “Everybody has pretty much been a scoring. I’ve been watching basketball, and getting to 100 was a big thing, now it’s 120, 110. I figure there is definitely a need for defenders.’’

He says he has been studying noted defenders like Green and Oklahoma City’s Andre Roberson, and their skills call to his love of the game.

“I just get a thrill,’’ Bell says of playing and watching defense. “I understand blocking shots is, to me, more important than getting a layup. Getting a layup is two points, but blocking shots is minus two points, and you are putting a fear into their hearts. Like, if you are in there, and they miss a layin, you might not block it, but I know I effected it in some kind of way.’’

After the NBA Combine ends this week, Bell says he has workouts scheduled with Indiana, San Antonio, Houston, the Lakers, Utah, Boston, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Golden State, Detroit and Atlanta.

Most mock drafts have Bell projected to be a late first round, early second round pick.

“With me, my main focus is to make sure I go to the right team,’’ Bell said. “I don’t want to go 15th and go to a team that will probably have me go to the D-League or something like that. I’d rather go mid-second round to a team that has a need for what I do.’’

Four Ducks set to workout at NBA combine, follow CSN for coverage

Four Ducks set to workout at NBA combine, follow CSN for coverage

Oregon made a historic run to the Final Four last season and now four key catalysts from that team will participate in the 2017 NBA Draft Combine Thursday and Friday in Chicago, Ill.

Forwards Dillon Brooks, Jordan Bell and Chris Boucher, along with guard Tyler Dorsey, were invited to the annual event where NBA executives and scouts will size up the talents of players hoping to get selected in June's NBA Draft.

The 67 invited players will participate in five-on-five games and go through strength and agility drills at Chicago’s Quest Multisport.

For information on the former Ducks' progress, check back to CSNNW.com for coverage from Trail Blazers insider Jason Quick and follow him on Twitter @JWQuick.

The Trail Blazers have three picks in the first round of the draft? Could one be an Oregon Duck?

NBADraft.net projects Bell to be a late first-round pick, and for Boucher and Brooks to go late in the second round. Dorsey is not projected by the website to get selected.

 

Guard Elijah Brown announces he will transfer from New Mexico to Oregon

Guard Elijah Brown announces he will transfer from New Mexico to Oregon

The Oregon basketball team, which lost seven of its top players from last season, received a boost today when senior graduate transfer Elijah Brown announced today that he will attend Oregon.

The former New Mexico guard last season averaged 18.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 38 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range.

The The 6-foot-4 Brown, who will be a redshirt senior, was named third-team All-Mountain West last season. His best season came as a redshirt sophomore when he received second-team honors after averaging 21.7 points and 3.1 assists per game.

Brown will add much-needed scoring punch to a roster that just lost Tyler Dorsey, Dillon Brooks and Jordan Bell as early entries to the NBA, and Chris Boucher and Dylan Ennis as seniors. 

Brown figures to start in the backcourt with sophomore point guard Payton Pritchard. Five-star recruit Troy Brown could play small forward, giving the Ducks a very potent trio of perimeter scorers next season. '