The jerseys might be different, but the Oregon Ducks are pretty much doing exactly what Washington State did to UCLA next Saturday at Beasley Coliseum.
Only under the bright lights of the Staples Center, it looks much worth.
The Bruins have been utterly lethargic in slinking to a 38-24 halftime deficit.
If a buzzer-beating, running bank 3-pointer by Garrett Sim seemed like the dagger, it was only one of many. The Ducks were sly with their sharp weapons, though, striking directly into the heart of the UCLA defense. Oregon, like the Cougars on Saturday, penetrated with ease, breaking down the Bruin backcourt, which looked slow-footed and feeble.
Sim and EJ Singler have led the Ducks, Singler’s 11 points a game-high so far, but seven players have three or more points.
UCLA does not have a similar issue. The Bruins were led by Tyler Honeycutt’s 11 points, but only five players have scored, and Joshua Smith (five points) is the only other Bruin with more than three points.
That’s what a six-for-24 start, with eight turnovers, will do for a team. The worst sequence? A shot-clock violation that immediately followed a technical for too many men on the court.
In a season full of highs-and-lows, that might have been the lowest.