The Oregon Ducks have been one of the most surprising teams in the College Basketball world this season. Originally picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12, the Ducks had climbed to a top-10 national ranking before a two-game skid in the Bay area this past weekend. Ducks Head Coach Dana Altman joined Chad on Flight 750 Tuesday to talk about the team’s recent Bay area trip as well as the noticeable improvement the team has made this season.
Altman insists that there is no one thing you can point to as to why the team suffered back-to-back losses over the weekend. They just simply did not play well.
“We didn’t get any stops. They went four possessions in a row where they scored and we went four possessions in a row where we didn’t score. You have to have one or the other. We either had to get some stops or some baskets and we didn’t get either. So it was a tough night for us. We played hard but we didn’t play well. We had a lot of unforced errors.”
Altman also maintains that the team was far too careless with the ball in this road trip.
“Through the first four conference games, we had really cut our turnovers down to a respectable number and the last three games – Well, anytime you get close to that 20 turnover mark, you’re going to be in trouble.”
Altman also explains that one of the big reasons the team has played so well is the combination of Toney Woods and Arsalan Kazemi down low.
“We’re playing a lot of freshmen at the guard spots and perimeter spots. So having the experience down low really does help us.”
And finally Altman talked about the continued development of Oregon senior, E.J. Singler, and what he has meant to the Ducks basketball team.
“He’s been a real glue guy – whatever you want to call it – the last three years. He brings it every day. He works awfully hard. I like his attention to detail…He didn’t have a good week and its going to be important for him to do a great job for us because he’s a guy we really depend on.”
Take a listen to the interview and be sure to listen to Coach Altman and the Ducks as they take on the Colorado Buffaloes tonight on 750thegame.