Saturday, Feb 7, 2009, 12:30 PM PST
Oh, it's so sad to be a Duck right now. They are currently 0-10 in Conference and 6-16 overall. The Ducks haven't won since December 29, 2008 against Long Beach State. The Ducks also lost at Arizona by 15 earlier in the year on January 8, 2009.
The Ducks leading scorer is Tajuan Porter who averages 14.5 ppg. The Ducks lost on Thursday to Arizona State 66-57. They tried a new game plan as their big men shot more and tried to take the ball to the hoop more rather than attempting so many outside shots. The result was Michael Dunigan attempting five shots from the field and getting fouled for five free-throw attempts and his counterpart Josh Crittle attempted four shots and was 1-4 from the FT line. Both of these guys are Freshmen and could cause havoc by going after Jordan Hill to try and get him in foul trouble. In the ASU game, Pendergraph and Boeteng, both trying to guard the Ducks big men, each fouled out. Let's hope Jordan can keep his hands off these guys long enough to stay in the game. Here is a look at the Oregon Ducks to date:
The Wildcats are on a 4 game winning streak beating Houston, Washington, and Washington at home and just coming off of a victory in Corvallis on Thursday night beating the Beavers 56-53. Ever since Chase Budinger got smashed in the face, the Cats are playing with a new attitude. This weekend's matchup against Oregon should not be much of a test for the Cats as they already beat Oregon 66-57 last month.
This four game stretch for Arizona has been huge in their bid to keep their NCAA appearance streak alive. The magic number in which many believe would be an automatic invite to the Cats would be 20 wins. The Cats have helped themselves out tremendously in the past two weeks by going 4-0. They currently have 15 wins with 8 games remaining. Half of those games are on the road, including the matchup tomorrow in Euguene, and USC and UCLA come to Tucson next week. Here is a quick look at the Cats statistics up to this point:
Keys to the Game
Bench. As I stated above, two of Arizona State's big men fouled out against the Ducks on Thursday. The Ducks new approach may be to get Josh Crittle and Michael Dunnigan to attack our post players (Jordan) and get him in foul trouble. If this happens, Onobun is going to have to come in and step up. I also REALLY think that we need to play our reserves heavily in this game to get them some minutes. We may be relying on Onobun, Lavender, or Jacobson later in the year.
- Have a heartbeat. Just kidding. It seems like this is a lock for the Cats tomorrow as they beat Oregon handily earlier in the year and Oregon is currently in last place in the Pac 10. Let's not get too cocky. Transition well, feed the big man, and cut to the basket.