Practice with only 8 scholarship players is tough; you have to practice against at least two walk-ons. With the Jordan Adams injury, we are now faced with a game with only seven scholarship players and one (Tony Parker) who hardly plays. Oh, if only Howland had kept the very experienced Tyler Lamb. A well-coached Oregon team will likely make Norman Powell try to beat them. Will Powell be up to the task?
As important as the coaching is, only the chippy and crafty EJ Singler played more than 28 minutes last night for Oregon while Larry Drew played 37 minutes last night (34 two nights ago) and Kyle Anderson played his second consecutive game of 33 minutes. Will fatigue and the short rotation come back to bite the Bruins tonight? Or will the scrappy Bruins be able to pull out year another second half comeback?
Apparently Nike does not pay enough for Oregon to have an official game preview on the Oregon site but the UCLA one is here. However, that UCLA preview does not talk about the fact Jordan Adams is out, as the ESPN almost solely focuses on here. Prior to Jordan's injury I thought beating ratings and media darling Arizona three times in a season would be enough to ensure us a seed out West but the NCAA tourney people have a history of punishing teams with hurt stars so a win tonight would be huge to UCLA's chances to stay our west.
Bill Walton will be doing the game on ESPN.