Ducks prepare for Coppin State

Oregon will take the floor in their first meaningful game Friday night against Coppin State.

With their exhibition games in the books, Oregon looks forward to taking on an opponent who will affect their season record. The Ducks will be hosting Coppin State Friday night in the season opener. The game will be part of the 24 hour NCAA basketball kickoff which will see a strange start time for the Ducks. Oregon will be tipping off at 9 PM, but coach Dana Altman doesn’t see that as a problem for his team.

“It won’t bother our guys any. They stay up late. It might be harder for our coaching staff and our fans. It’s TV. When we signed the agreement with the TV outlets, that’s the price you pay,” said Altman.

While the Ducks are experiencing a large turnover on the court, Coppin State will be opening their new season with a new head coach at the helm. It can provide challenges when trying to prepare for a team because the system they plan to run becomes basically an unknown.

“It’s a tough assignment for the staff to get a good scouting report. They do have a lot of people returning so we’ll look at their tendancies. We’ll look at their style but we are going to have to focus on ourselves,” said Altman.

The Ducks are still going to be without the services of Michael Chandler but Altman states that it may still be a while before the Ducks get the forward back into the lineup.

“He still hasn’t practiced. We’ve worked him into some dry offense but he has not done one live rep so he is a ways away yet,” said Altman.

One player who has seen an increased role this season is Elgin Cook. He is going to need to continue to be a stabilizing force for the Ducks as the young freshmen come along in their development. According to senior guard Joe Young he has already taken strides in being a more effective weapon for the Ducks.

“He has picked up his mid-range jumper and he is still driving to the basket so he is going to be tough to guard. He is starting to open up on the three point line and he’s making my job easier,” said Young.

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