“Overrated! Overrated!” chanted the Cardinal students to the Ducks in the final moments of their stunning 76-52 loss Wednesday.
Words that undermine? Or motivate?
"We just got it handed to us," coach Dana Altman said to ESPN after the game.
Struggling in the wake of Dominic Artis' interminable absence, both EJ Singler and Johnny Loyd were held scoreless in that first half against the Cardinal.
This afternoon, the Ducks have a chance to play in a manner worthy of their top ten ranking as they take on the Cal Bears, who are in a three-way tie for sixth in the conference.
Cal, riding high off a massive 71-68 comeback win over Oregon State, brings with them the Pac-12's top scoring duo of Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs, who had a combined 29 points and 15 rebounds in last Thursday's game.
A hard-fought win like that can make a team feel like they can beat anyone, even the Ducks.
After defeating OSU, Cobbs told the press, "Obviously, it was a big win. You saw how excited we were about it. At the same time, we have to win at home, and we did a good job of protecting the home court even though we got down early we fought back and got the win. I am proud of the men, just one game by one game that is all that matters right now.”
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On Saturday, Oregon faces California (11-8, 3-4 Pac-12) for the first time this season. The Golden Bears lead the all-time series over the Ducks, 80-55, and have won their last nine games against Oregon. The Ducks haven’t beaten California since Feb. 9, 2008 (92-70).
Oregon’s 22 first-half points were the fewest by the Ducks in any half this season. UO’s previous low was 25 against Nevada on New Year’s Eve where the Ducks led 25-14. Oregon won the game 56-43.
Oregon’s biggest deficit at halftime before trailing by 13 was 10 points (39-29) in a 68-61 win over Washington State. The Ducks have trailed in four of their eight Pac-12 games at halftime. The Ducks came back to beat Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State the in the first three games.
The Bears won for the first time this year when trailing at the half. Cal was down, 41-33, to Oregon State at the break. The Bears are a perfect 11-0 when leading at halftime and now 1-8 when behind.
With 15 points against Oregon State, Allen Crabbe moved into 16th place on Cal's all-time scoring list, passing graduate manager Theo Robertson. Crabbe now has 1,325, while Robertson totaled 1,315 from 2006-10.
Cal sank a season-high 9 three-pointers Thursday night, including a team-high 4 from Justin Cobbs.
David Kravish recorded another block to move up Cal's career ladder, now standing tied for eighth place with Sean Lampley with 69.
Tip Off: 1:30 PM FSN