Potential Upset Relies on Kazemi

Kazemi is Oregon's 5-hour Energy!
© 2013 Gary Breedlove Photography

The Louisville Cardinals versus the Oregon Ducks…there is no doubt that the battle of the birds is a highly anticipated matchup.  All of the sports media outlets laud the pace and press with which both teams play, and Louisville’s full-court press could well be a road bump for our high-flying Ducks.  Another thing the major sports news providers harp about is Arsalan Kazemi,

Kazemi is Oregon’s 5-hour Energy!
© 2013 Gary Breedlove Photography

Oregon has an uphill battle in this game.  Louisville’s potent press and ability to create turnovers doesn’t mesh well for the Ducks, who led the Pac-12 in turnovers.  The Ducks have a plethora of options on the offensive end of the court.  This makes Kazemi the X-factor since he is Oregon’s only really dominant rebounder.  His rebound ability will prove more important than any other player’s role on the Oregon team.

Kazemi’s ability to grab rebounds and steals pumps up the team, and national analysts have noticed his hard-working play.  While an upset of Louisville is surely a daunting task, some individuals think that Oregon stands a chance if Kazemi can dominate in the rebound category like he has done more times than not this season.  The Ducks will get a lot more chances and can mend the wounds from turnovers – which are bound to happen with a 14+ per game average this season – if Kazemi can reach the mid-teens in the rebound department.

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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

  • Man Altman can find DIAMOND’s in the rough! Kazemi is pretty much the reason we were so good this Year, a total Heads up BB Player and just my opinion but I think somebody in the NBA will give him a shot, cause he could definitely get rebound’s with the best of em. Thank’s Arsalan you were a true WARRIOR for the Duck’s.