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Altman looking for help on block

With a few days to sit on the film from Oregon's 80-72 loss at Oregon State Dana Altman took the typical questions from Pac-12 reporters on his conference call.

Dana Altman says Ben Carter played well against Oregon State and might get more minutes moving forward.

Where is Oregon struggling? Is there a post player available to help? Scoring an issue? But near the end of his call Altman said the Ducks might be moving in a different direction at center.

The status of senior 6-foot-11 center Waverly Austin was asked and Altman didn’t seem to confident right now. Austin didn't play a minute in the Civil War game and has seen his minutes diminish. After starting the first 12 games of the season Austin has played in just four of five Pac-12 games and a total of just 25 minutes.

"He's had his opportunities, we've given him some opportunities and we just haven't seen the production, so his time has diminished," Altman said. "He's an option. Ben [Carter] has played better, Richard [Amardi] has played a little better."

Oregon ranks 173rd in the country in total rebounds per game and dead last in the Pac-12 in scoring defense with 77 points allowed per game.

Altman at this point is looking for anyone to step up and give the Ducks production on the glass and on defense. Sunday at Corvallis Altman started 6-foot-6 sophomore Elgin Cook at power forward and Mike Moser at center, but Cook didn't respond playing just nine minutes and scoring three points amid foul trouble.

"Whoever can rebound and defend will really help us," said Altman. "We've given guys a lot of opportunities. We need to see more production."

One player who could see his chance at starting at center for Oregon is 6-foot-8 sophomore Ben Carter. Sunday night against the Beavers Carter came off the bench and played 16 good minutes of basketball scoring 11 points and grabbing two rebounds. He shot the ball well (4-6) and got to the free throw line (3-4). He appears to be in line for more minutes moving forward.

"I thought he played pretty good," said Altman of Carter. "He gave us some good offensive moves inside. Defensively for the most part he was pretty solid. He needs to rebound a bit better, but he did play better especially on the offensive end. He was at a disadvantage missing the first nine games, but he worked himself into shape and into a bigger role."

Oregon struggled to stop opponents from scoring in their first three loses of the season, and then struggled themselves offensively to score against the Beavers. If it isn't one thing it's the other it seems for the Ducks right now.

"We are going to have to change things and do things a lot better," Altman said. "We've dug ourselves a hole and we haven't played well. I think to change that around you need to hit a few shots, your guys play with a little bit more energy, get your confidence back, and you get that thing turned around."

"It's not easy and it's not going to just happen. We are going to have to make it happen. Our challenge is to go on the road again and try and make that happen. It won't be easy in Seattle and it definitely won't be easy in Pullman."

After the Civil War loss both Oregon senior guard Johnathan Loyd and Altman said confidence is lacking a bit with this club after losing four straight games. Altman said his job to fix this slide is both building confidence back up for his players, but to also fix the team's mistakes from an Xs and Os standpoint.

"Combination of both. We've lost some confidence and so that's got to come back. We've still got to get more fundamentally sound on defense, there's no other way around it,” said Altman.

Oregon plays at Washington Thursday night with tip set for 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

  • This team would be drastically different if Felicio and Bell had qualified. Thanks for nothing, NCAA.

  • Any chance Armstead could get some minutes???

  • talkin_ball said... (original post)

    Any chance Armstead could get some minutes???

    No.

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  • 173rd in the county in total rebounds? That pretty much sums it up.
    We need gritty, feisty, rebounders that out work their opponents.
    Man, Kazemi was a stud.

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  • 173rd in the county? Man, that's a lot of schools, is this Lane?

  • Moser averaged 10 RPG at UNLV as a sophomore. It would be great if he could use his skills on the blocks more like he did in that breakout year for the Rebels. Plus his NBA stock would skyrocket. We have too many perimeter scorers for him to be outside the key once we are running our sets. I'd like to see him play a more like LA does for the blazers. LA gets most of points in the key area, even though he has a nice outside stroke, and can usually break his man down.

    I like Moser at the 4 and Carter at the 5 starting, with Amardi at the 5 and Cook at the 4 as the backups. Amardi plays much better off the bench, as does Cook. I also believe Carter will give us the least disruption at the starting 5 compared to the other 4 options; which at this point is great. Carter could be a great garbage guy if Moser worked the post more.

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  • N8theGrate said... (original post)

    Moser averaged 10 RPG at UNLV as a sophomore. It would be great if he could use his skills on the blocks more like he did in that breakout year for the Rebels. Plus his NBA stock would skyrocket. We have too many perimeter scorers for him to be outside the key once we are running our sets. I'd like to see him play a more like LA does for the blazers. LA gets most of points in the key area, even though he has a nice outside stroke, and can usually break his man down.

    I like Moser at the 4 and Carter at the 5 starting, with Amardi at the 5 and Cook at the 4 as the backups. Amardi plays much better off the bench, as does Cook. I also believe Carter will give us the least disruption at the starting 5 compared to the other 4 options; which at this point is great. Carter could be a great garbage guy if Moser worked the post more.

    I feel the exact same way. We need Moser to be a junkyard dog down in the paint, not floating outside to jack up 3's all night. We have PLENTY of kids that can knock down the triple and need the spacing to do so.

  • Not trying to blame this all on one player...okay maybe I am, but I think all of Oregon's struggles on defense and rebounding lead back to Waverly Austin.

    This kid was a JUCO All-American and has made no marked improvement since he arrived in Eugene. In every game I've watched him play, the only times he's been remotely effective on defense has been when he actually isn't in great position to make a block, but he somehow decides to hustle and takes the ball out of the air. I know, it doesn't make much sense, but have you watched how he defends when he's in man coverage? He has his arms placed diagonally over the player he's guarding instead of straight up in the air, like you are supposed to. This has resulted in him fouling early and often, and getting taken out of the game.

    He doesn't seem to work very hard at all. I don't know if this stems from the fact that he was an All-American and so he thinks he doesn't have to work hard, or if his self-confidence is so low that he doesn't think working hard will do anything for him. You have to wonder if, before the news broke that Felicio and Bell would not be joining the team this year, he saw them coming in and thought "What's the point of working hard on my game? These guys are going to come in and take my spot anyway." Once they weren't coming, it was too late.

    Tony Woods might not have been the best big man in the country last year, but at least he worked hard on defense, on boxing out, and also adding some variety on offense. Waverly Austin provides nothing on either end of the court, and it's no wonder why teams sag off of him on defense.

    I think Altman needs to make a judgement call if he already hasn't, and give Austin an ultimatum. Either he busts his ass off for the remainder of the season, or he doesn't get any playing time unless there is severe foul trouble.

    Next year should be much better with regards to big man depth and quality, but I don't think Altman, or anyone else for that matter, wants to wait until next year. Oregon has the offensive firepower and the talent to make a deep run in the Big Dance like last year. It's time for some tough decisions to be made with regards to rotation.

  • dkenagy91 said... (original post)

    Not trying to blame this all on one player...okay maybe I am, but I think all of Oregon's struggles on defense and rebounding lead back to Waverly Austin.

    This kid was a JUCO All-American and has made no marked improvement since he arrived in Eugene. In every game I've watched him play, the only times he's been remotely effective on defense has been when he actually isn't in great position to make a block, but he somehow decides to hustle and takes the ball out of the air. I know, it doesn't make much sense, but have you watched how he defends when he's in man coverage? He has his arms placed diagonally over the player he's guarding instead of straight up in the air, like you are supposed to. This has resulted in him fouling early and often, and getting taken out of the game.

    He doesn't seem to work very hard at all. I don't know if this stems from the fact that he was an All-American and so he thinks he doesn't have to work hard, or if his self-confidence is so low that he doesn't think working hard will do anything for him. You have to wonder if, before the news broke that Felicio and Bell would not be joining the team this year, he saw them coming in and thought "What's the point of working hard on my game? These guys are going to come in and take my spot anyway." Once they weren't coming, it was too late.

    Tony Woods might not have been the best big man in the country last year, but at least he worked hard on defense, on boxing out, and also adding some variety on offense. Waverly Austin provides nothing on either end of the court, and it's no wonder why teams sag off of him on defense.

    I think Altman needs to make a judgement call if he already hasn't, and give Austin an ultimatum. Either he busts his ass off for the remainder of the season, or he doesn't get any playing time unless there is severe foul trouble.

    Next year should be much better with regards to big man depth and quality, but I don't think Altman, or anyone else for that matter, wants to wait until next year. Oregon has the offensive firepower and the talent to make a deep run in the Big Dance like last year. It's time for some tough decisions to be made with regards to rotation.

    Enlightening post. Having a high energy big man, grabbing rebounds and making put backs, would really benefit this team. It would also be helpful to have an inside presence on offense, which would keep teams honest, and give our 3 point shooters more open looks. As it is now, they can concentrate their efforts on shutting Loyd, Artis, Dotson, and Calliste down.

    Then there's the defense. ...

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  • dkenagy91 said... (original post)

    Not trying to blame this all on one player...okay maybe I am, but I think all of Oregon's struggles on defense and rebounding lead back to Waverly Austin.

    This kid was a JUCO All-American and has made no marked improvement since he arrived in Eugene. In every game I've watched him play, the only times he's been remotely effective on defense has been when he actually isn't in great position to make a block, but he somehow decides to hustle and takes the ball out of the air. I know, it doesn't make much sense, but have you watched how he defends when he's in man coverage? He has his arms placed diagonally over the player he's guarding instead of straight up in the air, like you are supposed to. This has resulted in him fouling early and often, and getting taken out of the game.

    He doesn't seem to work very hard at all. I don't know if this stems from the fact that he was an All-American and so he thinks he doesn't have to work hard, or if his self-confidence is so low that he doesn't think working hard will do anything for him. You have to wonder if, before the news broke that Felicio and Bell would not be joining the team this year, he saw them coming in and thought "What's the point of working hard on my game? These guys are going to come in and take my spot anyway." Once they weren't coming, it was too late.

    Tony Woods might not have been the best big man in the country last year, but at least he worked hard on defense, on boxing out, and also adding some variety on offense. Waverly Austin provides nothing on either end of the court, and it's no wonder why teams sag off of him on defense.

    I think Altman needs to make a judgement call if he already hasn't, and give Austin an ultimatum. Either he busts his ass off for the remainder of the season, or he doesn't get any playing time unless there is severe foul trouble.

    Next year should be much better with regards to big man depth and quality, but I don't think Altman, or anyone else for that matter, wants to wait until next year. Oregon has the offensive firepower and the talent to make a deep run in the Big Dance like last year. It's time for some tough decisions to be made with regards to rotation.

    I was drinking the Waverly cool-aid going into the season hoping he worked to improve his game and thinking DA would do whatever possible to get him ready to go as the starting 5. I knew it was a long shot, but it seemed more than reasonable given DA's track record. Waverly just didn't even come close to holding up his end. I don't think Altman is going to play him the rest of the season.

  • Unfortunately, I do not think the answer is on this roster. At least next year we will have..... New Kids on the Block. biggrin

    (cymbal crash).......I will be here all week.........

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