Duck fans flock to social media during ‘fowl’ filled first half against the Gamecocks

With 16 total fouls and 16 combined turnovers between Oregon and South Carolina, the first half of the game wasn't clean but it was tilting the Ducks' way.

Oregon v South Carolina
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The Ducks are 20 minutes into their March Madness journey. Despite an excessive number of turnovers for Oregon in the first half, Dana Altman’s squad has pulled away from the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Oregon entered the game as the No. 11 seed with a 23-11 overall record. South Carolina earned the No. 6 seed in the region, sitting at 26-7 overall.

Despite Ta’Lon Cooper’s buzzer-beater from beyond halfcourt, Oregon had the lead as the two teams retreated to their locker rooms.

At halftime, the Ducks led 34-29 with just 20 minutes remaining in the First Round matchup.

Fans didn’t hold back their displeasure with Oregon’s turnover issue but they were even quicker to celebrate the Ducks’ ability to clean up their act and control the court.

Jackson Shelstad contributed 5 points and 2 assists throughout the first half. Fellow freshman Kwame Evans Jr. earned 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal of his own.

N’Faly Dante, Oregon’s key to its postseason success, even received praise from the other side of the aisle. Through 20 minutes, Dante had 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 steal.

Senior guard and former Gamecock Jermaine Couisnard led the Ducks in the first half with 14 points and 4 assists.

If the Ducks are going to win this game, they need to reduce their turnovers and increase their rebounds on both ends of the court. Oh, and get Dante the d*mn ball.

Oregon and South Carolina had 8 fouls a piece at the half.

This is Altman’s eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament with the Ducks, the most recent appearance before this season was in 2021.

In 2017, Oregon marched its way to the Final Four where the Ducks were heartbroken by the North Carolina Tar Heels.

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