After losing a second consecutive Pac-12 conference game, the Oregon Ducks (18-6, 7-4 Pac-12) have fallen to No. 17 in the Associated Press poll, falling three spots after losing 63-53 to Oregon State (14-9, 4-7).
For the first time since Week 5, the Ducks are not the highest-ranked Pac-12 team in the poll with Colorado (19-5, 8-3 Pac-12) coming in one spot higher at No. 16. The Arizona Wildcats received 34 votes.
The Top 10 was as follows.
- Baylor (21-1)
- Gonzaga (25-1)
- Kansas (20-3)
- San Diego State (24-0)
- Louisville (21-3)
- Dayton (21-2)
- Duke (20-3)
- Florida State (20-3)
- Maryland (19-4)
- Seton Hall (18-5)
Let's recap the weekend for Ducks.
At Oregon State, LOSS 63-53
The game was closer than the score indicated as it was tied 48-48 with just over two minutes remaining, but Oregon blew this game; plain and simple. After getting a ten-point lead early in the second half, the Ducks were outscored 33-13 in the final 14:50 of the game.
Oregon was without centers Francis Okoro who was in Nigeria for his father's funeral and N'Faly Dante who's still battling an injury that's kept him out since January. That made them more susceptible to backdoor alley-oops to Oregon States' 7-foot center Kylor Kelley.
After the game, Dana Altman blamed himself for the lack of production to close the game:
Offensively, that’s on me. We’re just not getting any flow that second half. We take the 10-point lead and then 13 points the rest of the game. Not getting very good shots, not executing anything out of timeouts - we had two turnovers out of two timeouts.
UP NEXT: The Ducks host No. 16 Colorado on Thursday night, tip-off set for 6 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena.