The Oregon Men’s Basketball team faces a road test in Madison Square Garden taking on a young and improving Iowa Hawkeyes squad Wednesday night.
Head Coach Dana Altman has Oregon Basketball in a good place following two wins at home, most recently taking care of Eastern Washington. The Ducks had just six personal fouls for the game and Bol Bol had his most productive game keying an early 24-0 run in the first half. For the Ducks, Payton Pritchard has played well early while nursing sore ribs. Freshman Will Richardson has seen some time at Point Guard and according to Altman has a different ‘finesse’ with the ball. I expect him to continue to see minutes in New York.
The standout player for Oregon will clearly be Bol. It is not often that a 7 foot 3 center is seen at the College level. Altman also said it will be of interest to see how referees will call fouls against Bol. In the game against Eastern Washington, he played a clean game and saw no personal fouls.
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Both Iowa and Oregon come into the game with 2-0 records. The Hawkeyes beat both Green Bay and UMKC. Iowa has been to Madison Square Garden numerous times to play in recent years including the 2014 2K Classic as well as the 2018 Big Ten Tournament.
A unique stat for the Iowa Hawkeyes – they have shot 82 free throws over the first two games of the season, getting a good part of their points from the charity stripe. For Oregon, it means continuing to play clean and not foul Iowa Shooters, while also staying out of early foul trouble – something that plagued the team last season along with inconsistent play.
The Oregon Ducks and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Wednesday at 6:15 pm Pacific Time in the 2018 2K Classic from Madison Square Garden. The Ducks will face either Connecticut or Syracuse on Friday.