Oregon Ducks’ Loss to Colorado Buffaloes Should Have Been Expected
The No. 10 Oregon Ducks were one of the few remaining undefeated teams in college basketball before they took on a PAC-12 conference opponent in the No. 20 Colorado Buffaloes. Although the Ducks put up a good fight, they couldn’t outlast the explosive scoring of Askia Booker, who had 27 points, and Spencer Dinwiddie, who scored 23 points. Colorado upset undefeated Oregon 100 – 91, but does the win say more about Oregon than it does Colorado?
When you look at Oregon’s previously undefeated record, at first, 12 – 0 seems impressive. However, when you take a closer look at the teams that the Ducks defeated, you realize that it was just a matter of time before they lost in PAC-12 play.
Oregon’s toughest wins have come in overtime to the sixth or seventh best team in the SEC, the Ole Miss Rebels, in overtime to the Utah Utes and a close game against the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Ducks even were taken to overtime at home by the 9 – 7 BYU Cougars. Until Colorado, Oregon hadn’t played a great team all season long, and when they did they struggled. The Ducks have not shown that they are capable of hanging with good college basketball teams.
Oregon doesn’t need to worry about the loss to Colorado. What the Ducks need to worry about is whether or not they will even be able to make it to the 2014 NCAA Tournament in an extremely difficult PAC-12 that sees them face the No. 1 Arizona Wildcats and UCLA Bruins, twice.