When the PK Invitational matchup between BYU and Oregon basketball was announced, the last thing on anyone’s mind was a blowout — especially not in the Cougars’ favor.
This was expected to be a heck of a matchup between a couple of teams out west but the Cougars raced out to a huge lead and never looked back as Oregon was off pretty much all night.
Shots weren’t falling, there was just no cohesion, and the Ducks just looked like a group of guys who had never played together. It was a completely different feel from the first two wins by Oregon and this is one of those “burn the tapes” type of games.
What’d we learn from the Ducks’ blowout loss to BYU?
3. It’s good to get this one out of the way early
There’s almost always a “stinker” of a game for every college basketball team and the Ducks got theirs out of the way early on as opposed to later in the season with Pac-12 title hopes or even a Final Four run on the line.
You might look at the final score of this one and think that there’s absolutely no way Oregon has a shot at the Final Four this year if it’s losing like this to BYU, but these games happen. Nothing was going right for the Ducks from shooting, to defense, to turnovers, to 50/50 balls. It was just one of those games where nothing went right for the Ducks and everything went right for BYU.
This team is only going to get better with all the transfers continuing to gel together. You have to realize this roster had a ton of turnover and still has plenty of talent and they’re still getting used to each other.
Time to learn and grow from this ugly loss and make sure it doesn’t happen again.