No. 19 Ducks Must Shoot Down the Utes and Buffs

Tony Woods

What is the best way to kill a buffalo and an Indian?  Come out guns blazing.  A Buffalo won’t charge with a bullet inside it and it takes a damn good archer to hit a target; so just shoot ’em both down.

Emory could be the X-factor in how the ducks fare this week.

19th ranked Oregon plays host to Colorado at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Utah at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena.  For a Ducks’ team that has struggled shooting as of late without their ball-handler Dominic Artis on the floor, hitting the target will prove critical.  After a season-low 34% shooting at Stanford and a less than impressive performance against Cal, the Ducks need to be consistent in order to drop the Buffaloes and Utes despite inconsistent play from both teams in Pac-12 play.  Limiting turnovers will be big, but hitting open shots will prove to be a must in order for Oregon to claim victories this week.

Shooting has been sporadic for the Ducks this season. Shooting 48% against Arizona proved crucial as they still only won by four points.  Whether Artis plays or not, Oregon will look to veterans like Tony Woods, EJ Singler and Carlos Emory to set the tone.  Losing Artis has proved critical in the turnover department, but the Ducks just haven’t been making the most of their opportunities.  The Ducks need to come out ready to fire if they want to pick up a win or two against two teams fighting to legitimize their seasons.

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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber