Moving On: Can The Ducks Bounce Back Against Stanford?

Moving On: Can The Ducks Bounce Back Against Stanford?
February 23, 2013, 11:15 am
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Stanford Cardinal (16-11, 7-7 Pac-12) at No. 23/23 Oregon Ducks (21-6, 10-4 Pac-12)
Tip: 5 p.m.

Series History: Stanford leads 90-47

Last Meeting: Stanford 76,  Oregon 52

TV: Pac12 Network

A buzzer beater by Justin Cobbs sealed a brutal loss for the Ducks on Thursday. Arsalan Kazemi nearly cried in the postgame interviews, and EJ Singler spoke between long pauses, as if all the air had been sucked out of the room, "This one hurts."

Here they are, less than 48 hours later, heading back to Matt Knight to salvage the weekend. Two losses to Cal. Ouch. The same record against Stanford isn't something the Ducks are prepared to give up.

"We played really hard. It was  tough way to lose" said Singler. "But we have to brush this loss off, get back to work and focus on Stanford. That's all you can do.”

If there's one thing they can do, it's improve their shooting. Just 27% from the field  and 2-15 from beyond the arc on Thursday is unacceptable. They can also continue solid defensive play; the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in rebounds,  and John Loyd has been a catalyst of late, with five steals against Cal.

But more than anything, it's about bandaging a fractured confidence. And they can't let mind games get them late in the game; it was two easy transition baskets towards the end Thursday night that led to an ultimate undoing.

"We sometimes get into attack mode and then settle down. Then the shot clock starts counting down and we go into panic mode. We have to execute down the stretch," said Loyd early last week.

As for Stanford, they have a road sweep on the line, and plenty of weapons to facilitate it. The Cardinal had five players in double figures against OSU Thurday, led by Josh Huestis with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Dwight Powell also had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Andy Brown and Chasson Randle each had 13 points and Aaron Bright added 12.