The Ducks played like the team that started their season 13-0, rather than the team that went 2-6 in the Pac-12 prior to Thursday’s game.
Oregon’s big guns came out firing against a shorthanded Arizona team without key player Brandon Ashley. For the Ducks, Deymar Dotson, Dominic Ardis, Mike Moser and Joseph Young all made big shots that contributed to Oregon’s close call.
The Ducks did their most impressive work on defense, holding sensational freshman Aaron Gordon to six points and T.J. McConnell to six points as well.
Oregon’s firepower on offense will get them in position to win every game from here on out, yet it all will be for nothing unless their defense can be more consistent.
For the Ducks to continue their shot at reaching the NCAA tournament, the Ducks will have to go on a big run to close out the season. The Ducks have three opportunities to get some resume building wins. The Ducks face both Washington and Arizona at home, with the Arizona game being the regular season finale, and a road contest against the UCLA Bruins as well as the Pac-12 tournament, where anything can happen.
Sometimes, a good loss on the road to a great team can be just as effective as a win come Selection Sunday.