No. 11 Oregon had a chance in its Bay Area road trip to assert itself as the favorite in the Pac-12.
Oh, if only things were so easy in road games in the west.
The Ducks fell in their second straight game, this time dropping a road game to Stanford 76-72. The Cardinal largely controlled the middle 30 minutes of the game, getting a big performance from Rosco Allen, who scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. However, Oregon went on a run late led by Dillon Brooks, and eventually tied the game at 72 with under one minute left. But Allen made a free throw with 31 seconds remaining, and Brooks missed two jumpers late that could have either given Oregon the lead or tied it up.
Brooks ended up with 24 points and five rebounds in the loss, but Stanford’s defense largely held the rest of the Ducks’ supporting cast in check. Oregon shot 43 percent from the field as the Cardinal packed the paint.
Johnny Dawkins’ Stanford team is a nice story as a dangerous team in the Pac-12 at home despite a roster decimated by injuries and graduation. However, the story here is Oregon and the inability of anyone to take control of the Pac-12.
The Ducks are still tied for the league’s lead at 9-4, but they’re now tied with Arizona and USC in the loss column, and only one game clear of Colorado and Utah. At one point or another, just about every single team has been left for dead in this race, only to re-emerge and go on a run.
Who will win the Pac-12? Ask five people and you might come up with five different answers. That’s just the reality of where the league is this season.