When you get to this point in the regular season, winning streaks can go a long way. Oregon basketball won their fourth straight game against Stanford.
Oregon is now tied for second in the Pac-12 standings with 12th ranked UCLA with both having 9-3 marks as we close in on the midway point in March. This is typically when Oregon tends to get streaky with some wins and that has already started as they make a push toward March.
Dana Altman has found some chemistry again with newcomers this season. Despite the losses, transfer players are playing and playing well at a key point of the season. Against Stanford, De’Vion Harmon led the team in scoring with 21 points. Three players scored in double figures in a game that could be categorized as more defensive than offensive.
For the game, both teams shot just over 40 percent from the floor, but Oregon was just a bit better from long range, which was the difference in the game. Stanford also had 17 turnovers while Oregon showed better efficiency on offense with 10 turnovers. Oregon was also outrebounded by seven in the single-digit win. For the game, the Ducks had 11 assists to Stanford’s nine.
The Cardinal and Ducks have played some great games over the last few seasons and on Thursday night, Oregon showed some versatility in their defense. Team chemistry is definitely something that is being worked on day in and day out with this team. Head coach Dana Altman knows what he has to work with and as usual, is putting his team in the right spot at the right time.
The Ducks remain in Eugene and will host California on Saturday at 1 p.m. Pacific Time on Pac-12 Network. They will then host Washington State on Valentine’s Day for a 6 p.m. tipoff on ESPNU.