I was impressed with the athleticism of the players. They can flat out move and jump. I was at the game early and watched the team warm up. They were having a mini dunking contest and I saw one 360 dunk. It was also nice to see football player Arik Armstead warming up with the team His 280 pound frame should come in handy down the road a bit.
It was disheartening to see the team lose this game. In the end, there were too many turnovers and too many missed shots under the basket. They lost numerous balls due to poor handling under the basket. If the team can improve their defense, they should be able to improve their record. There were several sloppy passes that were intercepted by the Cal players. In spite of the problems, Oregon stayed with Cal through most of the game. In fact, Oregon took the lead momentarily in the second half. But, Cal then took over the game and won going away.
It was nice to see the Pit Crew out in force and they were vocal as usual. They are entertaining to watch. I hope that many of these same Pit Crew members will come out to support the women’s team.
This was my first basketball game in Matt Knight arena. I was a big fan during their tenure while at the Pit. It was good to get back to seeing the Oregon men’s team. They have some good talent on the team and just need to gel.