Oregon was hosting a good Boise State program on Saturday, but they dominated from start to finish. It was a barrage of three-pointers that allowed Oregon to get the lead. Besides that, it was great passing from everyone on the team to get everyone else involved.
Oregon Beats Boise State
As mentioned above, it was a three-point barrage from Oregon. Nobody was more responsible for that than Anthony Mathis. The graduate transfer announced his presence in the Oregon program with a 30-point performance. Sparking those 30 points was him going 9/11 from distance. It felt like every time Mathis rose up for a three-point shot it was going in and it wasn’t hitting the rim.
After a poor three-point shooting performance in the season-opening win over Fresno State, it was a welcome sight to see this performance.
Of course, the shooting won’t always be this good. However, Oregon was expected to be a good three-point shooting team this season with some of the guards they added, most notable was Mathis as a shooter. Now, they showed they are more than capable of getting hot from three, which could open up the lane more if they continue to gain a reputation as a knockdown three-point shooting team.
Outside of the three-point shooting, this win was an all-around effort.
Pritchard has a big all-around game against Fresno State and he put together another one in this game, finishing with 19 points on 7/12 shooting, six rebounds, seven assists, and three steals.
Duarte also did a nice job of filling the stat sheet, finishing with seven points, five rebounds, and seven assists.
Chandler Lawson nearly put together a double-double, finishing with eight points and nine rebounds. Finally, Shakur Juiston had a very strong game, putting up 16 points, but even more impressively, he showed his passing ability out of the post, dishing out nine assists.
Also not to be overlooked was Addison Patterson. The freshman finished with 17 points and went 7/7 shooting. The most impressive part of his performance was how well he could use his size to get in the paint and then to the rim.
After finishing with more turnovers than assists against Fresno State, these performances allowed that to flip. The team finished with 27 assists and only 12 turnovers. A good chunk of those turnovers also came after the game was well in hand.
This all-around production also made the absence of Francis Okoro, who was hit by a car earlier this week, not very noticeable.
This is a deep team. That depth also has a chance to increase by a lot when N’Faly Dante makes his debut. There’s a chance this could be the deepest team of the Altman Era.
Defense and Rebounding Need Some Work
The defense certainly hasn’t been bad so far. However, Dana Altman even said after the game that they didn’t finish strong enough on the defensive end.
He’s not wrong about that. For a good portion of the game, the defense was solid. However, in about the last eight minutes they didn’t perform at a level that is going to win games if the offense sputters.
With so many new faces, it’s not surprising. At times players will look out of position or they will move too slow or react too slow in the matchup zone.
Even with that being the case, the look this team has is one that can be a great defensive team by seasons end. This team isn’t short on length, athleticism, and depth.
The new faces just need a little more time to get things dialed in.
When it comes to rebounding, it was a weakness against Fresno State. In this game, it also wasn’t where it needs to be. Overall Boise State grabbed 12 offensive rebounds. Oregon outrebounded the Broncos, but when one team shoots 70 percent and the other shoots 43 percent, you should be able to outrebound your opponent. The most concerning number should be those 12 offensive rebounds.
Okoro being out certainly hurt that number. And when Dante makes his debut that should help the rebounding even more. If the rebounding doesn’t improve when those two are playing, it should become a real concern.
Oregon Beats Boise State: Up Next
Oregon will be traveling to Portland for the Phil Knight Invitational to play Memphis Tuesday.
The Ducks have played two solid Mountain West programs to open the season, but Memphis is a different level of competition and will be by far the biggest test of the season so far.
The lingering question will be if star freshman James Wiseman will play for the Tigers or not. He was ruled ineligible by the NCAA on Friday but received temporary clearance after the school filed an injunction.
Wiseman will likely play with the game only being Tuesday. Either way, this will be a tough test, but if he does play it’s going to take a complete group effort on the glass because the rebounding struggles could hurt on Tuesday if they continue.
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