If you watched the Ducks quarterfinal game in the conference tournament, you got to see both sides to Arsalan Kazemi. The first Iranian born basketball player in the history of college basketball has struggled of late both on offense and defense. Since the Colorado game, he has seemed worn down and out of whack. Regulation against the Huskies wasn’t much different as he looked somewhat lost on the court. He only scored one point in the first half and with about 15 minutes left in regulation was relegated to the bench. The look on his face was hard to believe. He couldn’t believe how long he sat on that bench. As the game went on, the Ducks looked more and more comfortable with Kazemi on the bench.
At the end of regulation, the score tied and heading to overtime, Altman decided to give Kazemi another chance. There was no way he was going to pass it up. He came out on fire in the overtime. Throwing down jams, and-1’s, getting offensive rebounds and steals. He was the difference in the most important five minutes of our season. Arsalan Kazemi single handedly won us that game in overtime with 11 of his 14 points coming in the extra session. If the Ducks go on to win the conference tournament, everyone should say a big thank you to Mr. Kazemi