Ducks Loss Diagnosis

First 10 Minutes 

Oregon

Louisville

Last 30

Oregon

Louisville

ORebs

1

3

ORebs

10

6

FG Missed

9

7

FG Missed

25

17

OReb%

11.1%

42.9%

OReb%

40.0%

35.3%

FG Made

3

11

FG Made

24

17

FG%

25.0%

61.1%

FG%

49.0%

50.0%

TOs

4

3

TOs

8

10

Points

8

24

Points

61

53

 

Louisville scored more points than Oregon, and thus the official rules of college basketball declared the Cardinals the winners. However, a thorough analysis by yours truly suggests that the Ducks shat their collective pants during the first ten minutes of play, and that is why the Cardinals were eventually declared the winners.

Oregon did everything it needed to do to win the game…in the last thirty minutes. It out-rebounded Louisville, turned the ball over less often, and even shot a blistering 49% from the floor. I say “blistering” because the Cardinals had allowed opponents just a 39% clip before their matchup with the Fighting (why?) Ducks.

It was a good season and a valiant effort for the over-achieving Ducks. I guess it’s just hard to play over your head for a full 40 minutes.

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