San Francisco-Oregon Preview
Oregon's offense seemed to be going through the motions in an uninspiring win against an overmatched opponent its last time out.
The 17th-ranked Ducks will be hard-pressed to stay unbeaten if they have a similarly listless showing Sunday night when they host high-scoring San Francisco.
After averaging 94.5 points and 45.5 free-throw attempts in its first two games, Oregon (3-0) went just 11 of 15 at the foul line in Tuesday's 69-54 victory over Utah Valley.
"They just packed it in and we kind of gave into it," coach Dana Altman said. "We didn't swing the ball or attack."
The offense had little movement, finishing with as many assists as turnovers (12), and the Ducks needed a 16-0 run in the second half to put away a Wolverines team which lost its previous game to Oklahoma State by 53.
"There were some bright spots, but we're not taking care of the fundamentals and that's what we want to do," Altman said. "We're not running the floor consistently. We don't have five guys pushing it out."
Joseph Young stayed hot by hitting 8 of 15 shots to score 20 but only got to the line three times after taking 28 free throws in the first two games. The junior guard, who set a Matthew Knight Arena record with 36 points in Oregon's previous game, is trying to become the first player in school history with four consecutive games with at least 20 points since Luke Jackson's run of five straight to open the 2003-04 season.
While Young was able to get going, Oregon's other big transfer, Mike Moser, wasn't as involved in the offense Tuesday. Moser combined for 41 points in the first two games before having six field-goal attempts - six fewer than his previous low - and finishing with eight points.
"Coach is not happy, guys are not happy," said senior Jason Calliste, who was 1 of 4 from 3-point range as Oregon finished 6 of 21. "If we want to be good, that's not good enough."
The Ducks will likely need better offensive flow against a San Francisco team which had scored 90 in each of its first four games before Friday's 75-74 victory over Montana. The Dons (3-2) shot 54.5 percent from the field but went 10 of 22 at the foul line, four days after going 5 for 12 in an overtime loss to Idaho State.
Horrendous free-throw shooting nearly cost San Francisco again Friday, missing 6 of 7 attempts in the final 33 seconds, but it escaped when Montana missed a jumper at the buzzer.
Reserve Kruize Pinkins had another outstanding performance from the field, going 10 of 11 for 22 points after making all six attempts Monday. Averaging 14.0 points, Pinkins is one of five San Francisco players in double figures, with Mark Tollefsen's 15.0 per game leading the way.
Oregon had no offensive problems in its last game against San Francisco, scoring 62 first-half points en route to a 110-79 win in 2007, the only meeting since 1960.
The Dons have been outscored by an average of 19.8 points in losing all 11 of their road games against ranked foes in the last decade.