Oregon basketball is making a comeback after a nightmare start to the 2021-22 season, beating a second straight top-five opponent on the road.
OK, it might be time to buy some serious stock in Oregon basketball.
After a second straight win over a top-five opponent on the road, beating USC 79-69, the Ducks are now 11-6 on the year which is shocking considering how poorly this team started the year.
This is Oregon’s fifth straight win which stemmed from a solid performance in a home loss against No. 1 Baylor last month. That game seemed to have given this team a ton of confidence as the Ducks have now reeled off five straight which has included two straight road wins over top-five teams.
Oregon got a resurgent effort from Will Richardson and Jacob Young in the upset win over UCLA on Thursday night and just two days later, it was the former and a mix of De’Vion Harmon and N’Faly Dante who helped knock off the No. 5 Trojans in Los Angeles.
A flip has been switched in this team and it was clear early on that the Ducks were feeling an upset for a second time in three days over a top-five team on the road, building a double-digit lead early in the second half.
Dana Altman is working his magic yet again.
I’ll admit, I was ready to throw in the towel for Oregon before this recent string of five straight impressive wins. The team looked defeated. There were too many transfers trying to gel and there just wasn’t enough cohesion and it showed. There was a ton of disconnect but the Ducks have remained together, haven’t quit, and found a sense of confidence when it looked like it would have been easier to quit.
Oregon is on a warpath right now and at 11-6 overall and 4-2 in the Pac-12 with a favorable schedule upcoming, the sky is the limit for this team.