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Oregon Ducks’ Defense Makes You Wonder How They Were Undefeated


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The Oregon Ducks have played a soft schedule—the first ranked test of the season against the Colorado Buffaloes showed that they should not have been undefeated.

The Ducks have played a whopping three overtime games: the BYU Cougars, the Ol’ Miss Runnin’ Rebels and recently, the Utah Utes. It was a matter of time until their luck turned around and lost to the Buffs on the road.

I mentioned on Thursday that the Buffs have a good chance of being one of the best teams in the Pac-12, so far, they have not disappointed. However, for the Ducks, it meant that their win streak had come to a quick halt.

As of now, Oregon is one of the best offensive teams in the country, averaging 89 points per game. The defense disappointed them today allowing the poor-shooting Buffaloes to score 88 points; yet it did not kill them.

The defense hindered the Ducks and stopped their 12-game winning streak. Instead of going into their home opener against the Cal Bears with a 14-game win streak, they lose to the fast, athletic Buffaloes on the road.

Mike Moser and Joseph Young did their part on the offensive end, scoring 11 points each in the first half. Moser came out hot in the second half, scoring 10 points in less than eight minutes of play. He finished with 24 points. Young died off, finishing with 16 points.

The offense for the Ducks keeps them in tough road games, like  against Colorado. The Ducks should hold their heads up high, as traveling to the Rocky Mountains is not an easy task, but surely coach Dana Altman cannot be happy with how his defense performed in a 100-91 loss.

Surely, allowing 100 points is nothing to look forward on, but the 91 the Ducks scored is something that makes everyone cringe heading into the early evaluations of the Pac-12.

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