March Preview: Oregon Ducks

At the beginning of the season, especially in the Maui Invitational, Oregon looked like they would be a team that would be very inconsistent throughout the whole year.  Although the Ducks went 2-1 in the tournament, they suffered a loss to Georgetown and were on the heels against UCONN and Tennessee.  Since then, this team has really turned it around and have earned the right to be considered a Final Four canindate.

Strengths:

Similar to Arizona, Oregon has a lot of guys that have the capability to put the ball in the bucket.  All five usual starters average 10 or more points per game and overall as a team, the Ducks are 14th in the country in offensive field goal efficiency according to KenPom. Only once this year has Oregon scored less than 60 points in a game which is very impressive considering that one game came against Baylor who is regarded as one of the best defensive teams in the nation.  Having more than one or two players that can consistently fill the stat sheet is a huge plus for any team especially in the tournament.

Weaknesses:

As a group, Oregon is pretty solid all-around.  The one area they do struggle is on the defensive glass.  The Ducks are 239th in opponents offensive rebounding percentage.  According to KenPom, Oregon opponents have scooped up 30% of their shots on the offensive end which makes Dana Altman’s cast very vulnerable in that category.

Photo via @OregonMBB on Twitter

 

Sean Bock
I'm a senior at Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois and live in a small town called Western Springs. I'm known for playing little defense and looking to shoot the three ball every time down the floor. Follow me on Twitter @Sean_Bock_4

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