The No. 21 ranked Oregon (4-1) men's basketball team played five games in 15 days to open the college basketball season. Now comes a critical stretch of basketball that head coach Dana Altman hopes his team can take advantage of. "From now until the ...and more »
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The No. 21 ranked Oregon (4-1) men's basketball team played five games in 15 days to open the college basketball season. Now comes a critical stretch of basketball that head coach Dana Altman hopes his team can take advantage of.
"From now until the 8th [of December] we need to make a lot of progress," said Altman. "We're not a very good basketball team. We have a lot of work to do."
The Ducks last played No. 20th against Green Bay and won 83-72, a game in which the Ducks were favored by 23 points going into the game. The Ducks will play just three games between the 21st of November and the 8th of December. Altman believes this stretch will be critical for the team's overall success of the year.
"We have to get better in practice. We can't make the defensive rotation mistakes that we made. We can't let dribble penetration," said Altman.
"Defensively we're not making good decisions. We sell out, we give up some easy baskets, in transition we don't talk and give up easy baskets. We have a tremendous amount of work to do."
The Ducks will play their first of three games in 18 days on Monday against Texas Southern (1-4). The Ducks and the Tigers played last season at Matthew Knight Arena and TSU nearly pulled off the upset, falling 74-68.
The Ducks played sloppy in their win over Green Bay on the 20th of November. Altman didn't like the team's focus or the team's toughness against the Phoenix.
Green Bay shot 39 percent from the field for the game, but Oregon's let up on defense allowed the Phoenix to shoot 48 percent from the field in the second half and trailed by as few as six points early in the second half. Oregon committed 13 turnovers in the win and had just 11 total assists.
"I hope we can learn from a win," said Altman. "A lot of times teams can only win form losses, I hope we can learn from a win and do a much better job."
Oregon's first chance at seeing if they've learned their lesson comes Monday, November 26th at home against Texas Southern. Tip time is set for 8:05 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.
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