Altman calls on students for support
The Oregon Ducks defeated the ASU Sun Devils Tuesday night in front of 9,125 fans, an energy that players and coaches said they felt throughout the game and even ignited their victory. Oregon got out to a 15-0 lead to begin the game and never trailed.
The support from the fans, even though the arena may not have been full, was raucous and energized.
So was that kind of plea the difference in the game? Maybe it was because it was the end of the season when "the games begin to matter"? Or was it the Ducks 6-game win streak?
Before the game, head coach Dana Altman went out on campus to talk with students about attending Tuesday's game, saying he and others would shave their head if they got 10,000 people into the arena.
Coach Altman said he learned that students weren't picking up their tickets for the midweek game and wanted to get the message out of how important the game was to the Ducks season.
"College basketball is a home court sport. You're supposed to get that energy from the crowd."
Altman wanted to make sure the student section was well-represented because that's where that energy comes from.
"College basketball is all about the student crowd. You know, the old people don't cheer... they're comfortable. You've sat in the seats, they're comfortable... They might clap their hands a little bit. But the energy comes from the students."
Altman went on to play up how great the students have it to be able to sit courtside and have an entire end zone devoted to them.
Watch Altman's full comments on the matter in the video above and react: