Saturday, January 17, 2009

Today We Play....



The Amanda Pflugrads...

(In my view, that's code for all of the aspects of over-rated hype that is the Quack Attack)

Anyhow, I won't be able to watch much if any of the game today, so you will probably all be spared any post-game non-analysis, but here are the things I'll be looking for during whatever look-ins I can muster.



1) Casto, Casto, Casto. Will Tony put De Angelo back in the starting line up after his 6 minute performance against the Beavs? I sure hope so. Even if Casto isn't up to it right now, there's NO WAY that we compete with SC, UCLA, Arizona, and Washington without the athleticism he provides. So, if Tony wants to play hardball with him, then fine. But we NEED him in that line-up.

2) Baynes, Baynes, Baynes. Think Oregon was small last year? Well, at least last year they had Marty to extend Baynes out. This year, they have nothing to counter Aron. This is a game where Baynes should just go off. If not, then there will be plenty of opps for some WIDE OPEN jumpers.

3) Three Point Shooting from the 3 Spot. Who's going to play at the small forward/wing guard spot today? Personally, I'm looking for some production out of Abe today since I stinking love the look of that kid's shot.
And, I think we all would like to see Daven build from Thursday's big three point shot. But if Nick gets a bunch of time here today, then I think we have to be really worried about next week. As I've said, I think Nick can be a GREAT energy player, but if he gets a whole bunch of time, then look out.

4) Don't-Help Defense. The recipe for beating Oregon is to not let them kick out for wide open threes. So, if Porter beats us off the dribble, then let him shoot a contested shot over Baynes or Casto. What we don't need is to dive in from the help side and let those shooters have wide open looks on the perimeter. We did BETTER with this against CAL, but not so much against Washington.

5) Ball Control. I'll be looking for Oregon to extend the D at times to take the Ball out of Taylor's hands. So, look to see how Thompson handles the ball (including how badly he telegraphs his passes) as well as how Caper's does with his dribble--which I think is much, much to high (up towards his armpits, we need the ball below his belt all the time). UCLA and Arizona are going to extend on us big time in the coming weeks, so this will be a big test to see how we're progressing...

Prediction:

Ugly is as Ugly does. This game scares me, but I think we eek out another one.

Cougs 57 Ducks 52

Enjoy the game!!

11 comments:

James said...

Psh... we scored 50pts in the 2nd half alone ;)

I loved the fade away 3 that Baynes made... who knew? lol

Anonymous said...

What is with the gangsta bitch cheerleader flashing signs. She fronts but she ain't hard. Wannabe.

Hooty McBoob said...

Does anyone here speak jive? Translation, please...

Anonymous said...

Anybody see that Desmond Trufant verballed to the Huskies? WTF!

Anonymous said...

She makes me hard. Does that count?

Anonymous said...

How can Trufant not choose wulff and the cougs after his two older brothers have history with coach wulff at ewashington and marcus, one of the best cougs ever?

KentCoug said...

Is he any good? Do the cougs even want him? People had the same reaction when JR Hasty signed with the pups and thought he was a major "get", and look how that turned out?

Sedihawk said...

Who knows on Trufant....He could be special but again, who knows? He's really athletic, at least everything I've heard is that he has a really high ceiling. But again, who knows.

And maybe he just felt like UW and Seattle was more of a fit for what he was after. Sort of like when UW fans threw a FIT when Luke Huard went against the grain and headed east, while Damon and Brock were Huskies. It is disappointing to think the younger brother of all-time Coug Marcus Trufant will be wearing purple-n-gold, but to each his own.

Anonymous said...

Glad we got a win over the Ducks!! feels so good!

AtlantaCoug said...

Sucks to lose Trufant but I too was once a Husky lover before I converted. And he might just be trying to blaze his own trail like the kid brother versions of Jason Hansen (ended up at UW) Drew Bledsoe (CU) and not have to live up to the hype of big brother.
Or he is just a pussy.

Anonymous said...

I have read on cougfan.com that Desmond's offer was pulled because we already had Nolan and didn't need more DB's.