Oregon struggled all day long to get into a rhythm on offense and was forced to win in ugly fashion. Oregon beat Nebraska in ugly fashion 60 to 38 Saturday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena.
Senior Tony Woods had one of his best games as a Duck against Nebraska.
This was Oregon’s second-straight game with holding their opponent under 40 points. Last Saturday Oregon held Idaho State to 35 points. It is also the fourth time Oregon’s opponent scored less than 50 points.
That said Altman wasn't pleased one bit with his team's effort on the offensive side of the court.
“We probably set the game of basketball back 10 years,” said a displeased Oregon head coach Dana Altman post game. “Our shooting, ball movement, wasn’t what I thought it would be and hoped it would be. They got the pace where they wanted and because of that we never got a good flow to our offense.”
Senior Tony Woods was maybe Oregon’s only bright spot on offense playing one of his better games as a Duck in his two years in Eugene. The senior finished with 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Woods also added four rebounds and two blocks. Fellow senior Arsalan Kazemi was also key for the Ducks once again finishing with 10 points, 17 rebounds, four steals, and two assists. E.J. Singler added 13 points and Dominic Artis scored nine points along with four assists. Artis did have four turnovers however.
With the victory Oregon continued their hot start for the 2012-13 season and are off to their best start since 2006-07 when Oregon won their first 13 games of the season. That hasn’t stopped Oregon head coach Dana Altman however from finding faults in Oregon’s game.
“It was a win but we didn’t take the step I wanted to take,” said Altman. “We didn’t establish the things we needed to establish to be successful. Arsalan really rebounded the ball. He was really unbelievable going after the ball. Tony made some nice plays offensively. We’ve got a long way to go. That wasn’t a good performance. We’ve got a long ways to go to be the team we can be.”
Saturday Oregon’s issues were on the offensive end and in particular the Ducks shooting. Oregon shot 46.3-percent from the field on 25-of-54 shooting. Oregon’s shooting struggles were also apparent on their three-point attempts making just 2-of-13.
“We took some bad threes early and then finally hit one late there. Freshmen are going to struggle and you’d expect your vets to be a little better,” said Altman of Oregon’s shooting issues. “But we haven’t shot it well this year. A lot of it is shot selection which needs to continue to improve. We are a better shooting team than we showed.”
Luckily for Oregon their defense was once again dominant as they forced Nebraska into 16 turnovers and allowing the Cornhuskers to shoot just 15-of-49 for 30-percent from the field.
“They can’t break you down a lot with penetration and it felt like a team we could guard,” Altman said of the Ducks’ defensive matchups. “Defensively we did some good things. They got some open looks and didn’t hit.”
The Ducks continued to dominate the paint for points as the Ducks scored 40 points opposed to Nebraska’s 12. Tony Woods was able to score four dunks inside the paint while Kazemi scored all three of his field-goals in the paint. The Ducks also dominated the glass out-rebounding Nebraska 41-25.
Oregon will play Wednesday at UTEP at 5 PM PST.