Even Buddy Hield had to chime in. The former Oklahoma star was evidently watching his alma mater during the final day of the PK80 Invitational. After his Sooners felled Oregon, 90-80, thanks to 43 points from Trae Young, Hield tweeted: “Go get you 40 then Trae”.
Go get you 40 then Trae 🤷🏽♂️
— Buddy Love !!!! (@buddyhield) November 26, 2017
Oregon coach Dana Altman had a decidedly different demeanor following the loss, the second in the past three games for the Ducks, who lost to Connecticut on November 23.
“We got a tremendous amount of work to do,” Altman said. “They haven’t been through any adversity. It’s going to take time.”
Altman was particularly disappointed in his team’s proclivity for fouling. Forty-four times Oklahoma went to the line on Sunday afternoon, 30 more than the Ducks.
“Probably not gonna have much success,” he said. “Defensively, we’re not in the right position, not ready to defend, fouling too much. We take a lead and then really bad fouls, fouls 90 feet from the basket… Just a really poor performance.”
He had a similar reaction after the aforementioned loss to UConn, when he told reporters: “We worked really hard over a long period of time to get to a certain level. I know our fans gotta be disappointed. I told the guys to stay off Twitter because I know how everyone is talking about how talented they are. They’ll be killing them.”
The good news for Oregon is that it has the time Altman alluded to the Ducks needing. Oregon doesn’t play again until Friday, and it has four consecutive home games against opponents who will be viewed as massive underdogs. Pac-12 play won’t begin until after Christmas, when the Ducks open up its conference season at Utah on Dec. 29.
And if Duck fans aren’t confident that their coach won’t straighten up the program, Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger, at the very least, isn’t too concerned about the future of the defending Pac-12 champs.
“They will be great,” said Kruger, who coached with Altman at Kansas State. “Dana always figures it out.”
By extension, Oregon will too.