Brooklyn, NY – The Oregon Ducks traveled to Brooklyn to play in the Progressive Legends Classic against two nationally ranked teams, first tonight against No. 19 Michigan. Oregon played tough throughout the contest but ended up on the short end of a 70-63 score. Michigan (4-0) was led by their duo of future NBA players, 6’6″ Zak Irvin (19 points) and 6’7″ Caris LeVert (18 points).
The Ducks could not stop the penetration of LeVert who continually drove past his man and drew fouls (11-of-13 FT’s). The one time they did stop him he dished out to an open Irvin for a key three-pointer that gave the Wolverines a late five-point lead. Oregon, as undersized as they are, plays with a lot of heart and rebounds with great effort. They outrebounded a bigger Michigan team by 12 with a +11 advantage on the offensive boards. On three straight possessions early in the second half the Ducks scored on an offensive put-back.
Joseph Young was hounded by Michigan defense and couldn’t get untracked shooting (5-of-16) but kept the Ducks in the game with 8-of-8 late free throws. Young led the Ducks with 20 points. Frosh Dillon Brooks (14 points, seven rebounds) showed toughness before fouling out late. Elgin Cook added 13 points. Oregon was hurt when 6’7″ Dwayne Benjamin (eight points, 11 rebounds) left the game with 2:57 remaining with an apparent ankle injury.
In the first game of the night No. 12 ranked Villanova used a 16-0 run early in the second half to get past No. 14 VCU 77-53. Point guard Ryan Arcidiacono only scored three points but was the MVP of the game for the Wildcats. Arcidiacono ended the game with nine assists against zero turnovers as Villanova came through against VCU’s Havoc defense. It was the best performance I’ve seen by a team going against the VCU defense. The Wildcats had only nine turnovers in the game as their forwards helped against the pressure.
JayVaughn Pinkson returned to Brooklyn to lead Villanova with 15 points and seven rebounds. VCU’s Briante Weber, who had nine steals in the last game against Toledo, had only two steals tonight and was not a factor. Traevon Graham, VCU’s leading scorer at 18 ppg, had an off-night, scoring only four points on 2-of-9 shooting. The Rams shot only 2-of-17 from long distance.
Oregon will play VCU in the consolation game tomorrow night while Michigan and Villanova play for the tournament title. If Benjamin can’t play it will be an especially tough match-up for the Ducks, going against VCU’s defense with seven scholarship players including four freshman. After a 24-point loss it’s likely that VCU will spare no effort in trying to reclaim their momentum.
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