Can Oregon hang with Louisville?
Breaking down the keys to the Ducks-Cardinals Sweet 16 matchup
Friday's matchup between Louisville and Oregon features an 11-seed difference between the teams, but make no mistake, these are two very good basketball teams. I've broken down the keys to this game that will help determine whether the Cardinals or Ducks advance to the Elite Eight, starting with whether Oregon can score enough to win.
• Do the Ducks have enough offense to keep up?
Oregon scores out of Dana Altman's system and does not have great individual scorers. The Ducks will push it in transition off a rebound and different players can bust out and take it themselves. The guards look to pass ahead, and Carlos Emory and Damyean Dotson are especially good at sprinting the length of the court for scores.
Oregon runs a good half-court offense out of a 2-3 set, and a lot of ball screens. Louisville can disrupt Oregon with its full-court pressure and with its half-court zone looks, matching up and going to man late in possessions. Oregon can go big against Louisville, or small with Arsalan Kazemi at the center position and E.J. Singler at the power forward slot.
The Ducks' most talented player is Dotson, the freshman wing from Texas. Dotson is outstanding in transition and is an excellent catch-and-shoot scorer. He thrives in the middle of the floor but is subject to turning the ball over and will be pressured against Louisville. He'll need to both protect the ball and score for the Ducks to keep pace with the Cardinals.
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