Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. Or maybe, it is better to be on the right side of someone else’s very poor situational IQ. As for the Oregon Ducks, I don’t think it matters either way, as they defeated the Washington State Cougars in overtime on a pretty strange final Ducks offensive possession Granted, this college basketball season has been filled with wild finishes, but very few have been filled with complete brain-farts such as this one.
With a few mere seconds left on the clock in overtime, an unnamed(Because we don’t hurt kids here) Washington State player thought it would be in his team’s best interests if he fouled E.J. Singer with the score tied. Two of the biggest problems here, the game was tied and Oregon was in the bonus. Assuming the free throws are free points, the Cougars essentially gave the Ducks two free points with under four seconds left to play.
Confused by Washington State’s end of game approach? So was Singer:
“Some of the guys were calling ‘foul,’ so I don’t think he knew what the score was. I was shocked.”
Washington State’s head coach, Brock Motum(Yes, a real person), just chalked it up to one single mistake and let the media know if it wasn’t for the player who committed the foul, they wouldn’t have been in the position at the end of the game anyway.
For Oregon, this was the third win in a row after losing the previous three. With conference playing winding down before the Pac 12 Tournament begins, I am sure the Ducks will take this victory regardless of how mind-boggling.
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