Oregon will notice some familiar foes when it scouts Green Bay.
The Phoenix is part of the campus bracket of the 2K Empire Classic, giving it a couple of common opponents with the Ducks. Iowa defeated Green Bay 93-82 at home four days before beating the Ducks 77-69 during the semifinals of the 2K Classic in New York on Thursday.
“They played Iowa a lot tougher than we did,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “We’ll have to be prepared to play.”
The Phoenix (3-2) bring a two-game winning streak into Matthew Knight Arena to face the Ducks (3-1) at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Green Bay won 82-78 in overtime Friday night at Eastern Washington, which lost 81-47 at Oregon earlier in the season.
“They are very talented, I like their athleticism and their quickness,” Altman said. “They have a deep group and play about 10 or 12 guys. They go man-to-man press the full game so we are going to have to play well.”
The Ducks followed up their first loss of the season to the Hawkeyes with a 80-65 win over Syracuse, which was ranked No. 15 at the time.
“I was really disappointed in the way we prepared for Iowa, we were lacking energy and there is no excuse for that,” Altman said. “I thought they did a good job getting ready (for Syracuse) and collectively they were more energetic the whole day getting ready for that game. Hopefully we learned something there.”
Oregon trailed Iowa by 11 at halftime and led the Orange by 13 at the break.
“I think we got one out of the way with that loss,” sophomore guard Victor Bailey said. “In the second game there we wanted to be more aggressive and set the tone. … We woke up ready to go.”
Green Bay returns three starters from last season when it finished 13-20 including senior point guard Sandy Cohen, who averages 13.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists. Junior guard JayQuan McCloud leads the Phoenix with 14.0 points per game off the bench.
Oregon is holding its opponents to a shooting percentage of 30.3 while ranking 17th in the nation with 6.5 blocked shots per game. Freshman Bol Bol has 15 blocks followed by sophomore Kenny Wooten with four.
“Bol and Kenny have done a decent job around the basket and when Francis (Okoro) is in there, he’s done a good job,” Altman said. “They have pushed people away from the basket which has helped those numbers. Our defense has a long way to go, but we have done some good things for this early in the year. Our communication needs to be much better for us to make another jump.”
Bol also leads the Ducks with 18.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Point guard Payton Pritchard is shooting 51.7 percent from the field, including 3-for-10 on three-pointers, while scoring 13.8 points per game.
“We do need to get Payton more shots,” Altman said. “His numbers in practice and going back to last year he shot 42 percent on three-pointers and he has been better than that in practice.”