Ducks flatten the Cats

Based on what we saw last weekend, this was a complete 180 degree turn. From the very beginning, the Ducks completely outplayed the Cats in today's Pac-10 tournament match up. It was the Aaron Brooks & TaJuan Porter show today, as the Ducks flew, rose, blew, and drove, whatever you want to call it, right past the Cats on their way to a 69-50 victory.

Where was the sense of urgency that we saw from these guys during the Bay area trip? Were was the want and desire to improve their tournament resume? With the exception of Jordan Hill, who played a very good game against a team that Coach Olson didn't think would allow him to play much; the entire team looked like they had left those attributes in Tucson.

Arizona, winners of 3 straight and 6 of their last 8 entering the game, shot 35% from the field while shooting 19% from behind the arc while producing their lowest point total of the season. Compare that to the Ducks who shot 46% from the field, and a blistering 55% from behind the arc, and you get a 19 point defeat.

The Cats got within three towards the end of the first half after Jordan Hill scored five straight points, but the Ducks outscored the Cats 10-2 to end the first half. The Ducks would then go on another one, 12-2, in which they would open up a 58-37 lead over the Wildcats of Arizona. The Cats would cut the lead to 14 with about 5 minutes left in the game, but that's as close as things would get.

The Cats had no answer for the Ducks backcourt, Aaron Brooks & Tajuan Porter, who both of which make Danny Devito look like a giant. They combined for 37 points, while hitting 9 three point shots. Brooks didn't even score in the second half, but that's because he had no need to. The first half belonged to Brooks and the second half belonged to Porter. The Cats simply could not stop either of them.

As mentioned above, Arizona's Jordan Hill was the lone bright spot for the Cats in today's game, scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to lead the Cats. The Cats had two other players in double figures, Marcus Williams & Chase Budinger, who combined for 23 points on a dismal 10-31 shooting. The Cats seniors, Ivan Radenovic & Mustafa Shakur struggled mightily in today's game, scoring a combined 8 points on 3-13 shooting.

Oregon is now headed to the second round of the Pac-10 tournament to face Cal, while the Cats head back to Tucson and await their fate on Selection Sunday.

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