Ducks To Use Point Loma As G-Town Prep

EUGENE - The Ducks will approach Saturday's final exhibition game versus Point Loma as nothing more than a glorified scrimmage, Oregon coach Dana Altman said Wednesday. Altman and the Ducks have bigger things in play, namely a Nov. 8 regular season opener with Georgetown at Camp Humphreys in South Korea.

EUGENE - The Ducks will approach Saturday's final exhibition game versus Point Loma as nothing more than a glorified scrimmage, Oregon coach Dana Altman said Wednesday. Altman and the Ducks have bigger things in play, namely a Nov. 8 regular season opener with Georgetown at Camp Humphreys in South Korea.

"Really in those exhibition games, we're just trying to get the guys in front of people," Altman said. "Get them to relax a little in front of the crowd. I think that's the most important thing about playing exhibition games. We consider the exhibition games just another practice."

According to Altman, the Ducks are "not anywhere near game close" to game ready and the Hoyas should prove Oregon's premier non-conference opponent.

Altman's laundry list of areas for improvement cover all of the bases, making the next week of practice and Saturday's exhibition game that much more important.

"There's not one phase of the game that has the coaching staff feeling really good right now. There's a lot of loose ends to tie up in the next [seven] days," he said.

Sophomore guard Damyean Dotson says much of the week's preparation was spent trying to improve team rebounding. The Ducks might have been spoiled a year ago by the play of Arsalan Kazemi, whose 10 rebounds per game ranked third in the Pac-12.

"We had a team rebounding thought, but Arsalan would just grab them. You'd go up to get one and he'd already be up there," Dotson said of last year's team.

"We can score, but we've got to get stops and rebound," he said.

Oregon out-rebounded the undersized Northwest Christian Beacons 45-to-34 in last Saturday's exhibition opener, but the first game also exhibited what most feared, the Ducks lack of interior depth.

The Ducks started Mike Moser and Waverly Austin in the front court, and also played sophomore forward Ben Carter and junior college transfers Elgin Cook and Richard Amardi as well. Cook is listed at 6-foot-6 and is used to playing on the perimeter, but found himself in the paint for much of the night due to the lack of depth.

Altman will attempt to further develop that post rotation going forward and the bodies shuffled through the front court will certainly be something to keep an eye on in Saturday's game with Point Loma.

The importance of rebounding might just be enhanced due to the immensity of the Georgetown frontline. The Hoyas return four out of five starters from a year ago and also add UCLA transfer 6-foot-10 300 pound Josh Smith, who gave the Ducks trouble his freshman year when he scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a narrow victory over Oregon.

"We saw we were coasting a little bit, didn't hit the boards hard enough. Georgetown is a big, physical team. We're going to have to get ready to box out and get ready for that athleticism," said senior guard Johnathan Loyd.

Oregon and Point Loma tip off Saturday at 2 p.m. No television broadcast will be provided, but goducks.com will carry the game with a live stream as well as radio broadcast.


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