The Oregon Ducks are fresh off a season sweep of Arizona State after beating the Sun Devils in Tempe in January and at home on Thursday. Here are some takeaways from Thursday’s game which may shed a light on ASU’s struggles against Oregon.
Fail to hold early lead
The Sun Devils started the game strong after hitting some early shots and playing tough defense. The hot start gave the Sun Devils an early seven-point lead about 10 minutes into the first half. After that, Kenny Wooten, a former ASU commit, and the Ducks took control and didn’t give it back. Five minutes later, Oregon had a three point, which they would take into the half after some back and forth basketball. The Ducks started the second half on a 10-0 run, which allowed them to pull away and secure the victory.
Where was Tra and Romello?
The Sun Devil’s leading scorer was nowhere to be found on Thursday night. The senior guard laid a goose egg in the scoring category after going 0-6 from the field in 30 minutes of play. The same can be said for big man Romello White, who also had zero points and zero rebounds. ASU runs an up-tempo, shoot your shot type of offense, but there needs to be some discipline when it comes to possessing the ball.
Foul trouble forces Sun Devils to use depth
The deciding factor in White’s poor performance in Eugene was foul trouble. In 10 minutes on the court, White committed four personal fouls and Bobby Hurley quickly benched him in favor of De’Quon Lake. Even worse than that was Mickey Mitchell, who also committed four fouls, but in only seven minutes of play, which allowed Kimani Lawrence to get a spike in minutes. Lastly, a combination Kodi Justice having four fouls of his own and Holder going scoreless allowed Remy Martin to record 15 points in 27 minutes, which is good enough for second on the team behind Shannon Evans’ 25 points. In total, the Sun Devils had 23 personal fouls, giving Oregon 23 free throw attempts on the night.
Dominated on the glass
Overall, the Sun Devils were out rebounded 40-32, which may not seem like a lot, but played a huge factor in deciding the outcome of the game. Oregon recorded 12 offensive rebounds opposed to ASU’s five, which allowed the Ducks to score six more second chance points than the Sun Devils. Lake led all players with 12 rebounds, but Oregon’s starters dominated ASU’s starting five on the glass by a count of 26-10.
Arizona State has to be glad this game is over so they can forget about it and begin preparing for Oregon State on Saturday in part two of the two-game road trip. The Beavers should be much easier competition, but if more games are played like this one, it could be the beginning of the end for the Sun Devils.