TwistNHook: So, Garrett Sim. He was committed to Cal, but when Cal canned Ben Braun, he decided to go towards the Ducks instead. Montgomery, coming in late to the game, grabbed the best recruiting remaining. That gentleman just happened to be Jorge Gutierrez.
Avinash: Hey, don't you be tripping on Garrett. Look at all he's accomplished at Oregon.
He scored 15 points on Willamette. Not just anybody scores 15 on Willamette!
Kodiak: Didn't you score 15 on Willamette?
Or did you score on 15 Willamettes?
In any case, this season's refrain looks to be an endless chorus of "Suckit Oregon." Shhhh. Hear that? Yes, that would be the world's smallest violin acting all sads. Let me be the first to say it: Suckit Oregon. They get to open up a spiffy new arena which is as much a tribute to Phil Knight's ego as it is to crack-head artists who may or may not be visually impaired. They're certainly seeing things that we all wish could be unseen - that is one butt-ugly floor.
New Coach Dana Altman has jumped in bed with Team Nike after leaving behind a rather successful Creighton program. Remember that school which was always busting your brackets in the NCAA tournament? Yeah. That Creighton. Can you name any big-name NBA stars from Creighton? Nope. Me neither. And that's not such a good thing because it suggests that Coach Altman actually knows what he's doing. However, the cupboard is going to be rather bare for him in his inaugural season. Mr. Tajuan "NRA" (Gunner w/out a conscience) Porter is gone. Uber-recruit-turned bust Michael Dunnigan went pro. Four other players transferred. If it weren't for the NCAA's merciful decisions to allow transfer guard Jay-R Strowbridge to play immediately and to grant extra injury-eligibility to big man Catron, they might have had to suit up some of the hydro techs.
Strowbridge is a senior guard with plenty of experience playing for both Nebraska and Jacksonville State. He is supposedly a good 3-pt shooter. Malcolm Armstead is the other returning guard who is inconsistent, but is also capable of putting up big scoring nights. In the frontcourt, Joevan Catron is their bruiser. He used to be pretty physical, but is coming off a back injury. Jeremy Jacob is their other big guy who put up 7pts/5rebs last year. E.J. Singler is their up and coming wing forward. He's the younger (and probably less-talented) brother of hated Dookie Kyle Singler. Besides that, their team is young and lacking in both size and depth.
Normally, I'd be cautiously optimistic at home and somewhat concerned on the road. But screw that. Screw JuJu. We're going to pound the smug right out of them.
LeonPowe: Benoit Benjamin went to Creighton. As did Kyle Korver.
Oregon's defense sucks too, particularly with regards to outside shooting. But our three point shooting has...uh...regressed a bit from last year. Their big men are undersized too, so they're good matchup for our strong in-the-paint defense.