Oregon Ducks' Cold Shooting Performances Almost Cost Them Win

By John Lloyd
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Going into their game with the Utah Utes, the Oregon Ducks were trying to save an unblemished record — a record that was surely not going to happen tonight. However, the Ducks could not shoot their way out of a slump and lost thanks to a 37 percent shooting percentage.

Joseph Young has been carrying the Ducks on his back this season, averaging 20 points a night and shooting 55 percent from the field. However, a cold streak created a blanket of ice over the rim. Young finished with 15 points, but only made 4-12 shots.

If this is a telling tale of the Ducks’ season, they could be in a load of hurt when it starts to get into the bulk of the Pac-12 schedule.

Senior Mike Moser missed his first five shots from the floor — he was trying to space the floor and he’s not that great of a shooter — as more of the cold came storming in. He finished with a whopping three points on 1-8 shooting. Fellow forward Richard Armadi struggled from the floor as well, going 5-13 and scoring 13 points.

It seemed like the only guy that could make a shot for the Ducks was sixth-man Dominic Artis. Artis and fellow bench mate Elgin Cook were the only Ducks to finish above 50 percent shooting and attempting more than five shots. Artis finished 16 points and Cook finished with nine in the loss.

Every team has off nights, especially a perimeter-oriented team like Oregon, and that’s what this was,an off night.

Luckily for the Ducks, their unblemished record is still intact, as they had to take the Utes into overtime to overcome what was at one point a 10-point lead for the Utes. Nobody stepped up scoring-wise tonight for the Ducks; the team defense held the Utes to one of their worst offensive performances of the season, shooting just 38 perent from the floor.

John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII

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