Oregon and Gonzaga faced off in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis Thursday. These were two of the higher-ranked teams in America, and they showed why in this game. Oregon had chances to win but ultimately came up short 73-72.
Oregon Loses in Overtime to Gonzaga
Another Slow Start
Something that has started to become a concern is slow starts.
In the win over Houston in the final game before this tournament, Oregon got off to a slow start. In the win over Seton Hall, it was another slow start. This game was much of the same.
Now it was in the first half and Oregon was able to overcome it, obviously.
However, these slow starts are something that needs to be stopped now before it becomes a habit. It’s good to be able to overcome a deficit, but it’s not something you want to rely on and become comfortable falling behind.
Crashing the Offensive Glass
the main positive in this tournament so far has been offensive rebounding.
Shakur Juiston crashes to offensive boards hard, but C.J. Walker has also proved to be a capable offensive rebounder.
The offensive rebounds are largely what kept Oregon in this game on what was a poor shooting game.
All-in-all the team grabbed 18 offensive rebounds.
With the level of athleticism, this team has its not a big surprise. However, they weren’t very dangerous in the first couple of games on the offensive glass.
If this is how they are going to play, Oregon is going to be a high-scoring team.
Oregon Comes Up Short Against Gonzaga: Overall Thoughts
While losing any game is tough, there’s plenty to like about where this team is.
Losing early-season games in college basketball, especially to top-ten teams is no big deal.
This team has shown they come overcome adversity. However, getting off to a better start in games is something that this team needs to do. Falling into the trap of being comfortable coming back is not ideal.
Oregon is still building a very strong resumé and now they are going to get N’Faly Fanter earlier than what was anticipated, making a team most view as a top-ten team even stronger.
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