In the beginning of the season, many experts picked the UCLA Bruins to win the Pac 12 conference and then those same experts switched their picks to the Arizona Wildcats. Well after this past week of basketball, you might want to switch your pick to the Oregon Ducks.
Tonight in a tight game, Oregon defeated Arizona State, 68-65. This week the Ducks swept both Arizona schools in close fashion. On Thursday night if you don’t remember, the Ducks upset Arizona who was ranked fourth in the country at the time.
With tonight’s win over ASU, they made a statement that they are a force to be reckoned with in the league. The Ducks record is now 14-2 and 3-0 in the Pac 12 conference. Oregon is winning these games as of late because they are playing team basketball which helped them win tonight versus the Sun Devils.
Against Arizona State, the Ducks had three players–Carlos Emory, Tony Woods, and Damyean Dotson–with 14 points each. When you have balance scoring like the Ducks do then you will win games and they are proving that.
Another player that has been playing solid so far this season is senior forward Arsalan Kazemi. The Rice University transfer has been playing great for the Ducks and has been the glue on this team. Kazemi is a hustle player and the rest of the team has been following his style of play.
The Ducks will again have another test this week coming up as they go on the road to take on the USC Trojans on Jan. 17 and then two days later must prepare for the UCLA Bruins. If the Ducks can win both of these games, they might just get the attention they warrant as a big time player when March Madness comes around.
Jovan Alford is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball.
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