Tournament organization: D. The OSU-Oregon was scheduled to tip off at 1:40 p.m. California time. The next game — UNLV-Cal — was scheduled to tip off at 4:27 p.m. In a different session. So when the OSU-Oregon game lasted until 4:05 p.m., there was all of 22 minutes left until the scheduled tipoff. During which HP Pavilion had to be cleared of all fans, then restocked with those holding tickets to Session II. No way, Jose. What a mess. Blame it on the NCAA's give-in to all television demands.
Physicality: B. Travis Ford was critical of OSU's physicality in the first half, but the truth is, the Cowboys were out-executed and outpositioned more than out-toughed. Smart, Nash and Kamari Murphy all made muscle shots in traffic in the first half, when the Cowboys had only 11 field goals total.
Momentum inducements: D. Ford says the three things that create momentum are forcing turnovers, offensive rebounds and 3-point shots. The Cowboys forced some turnovers in the first half, but they were mauled on the boards and made just two 3-pointers, both in the first four minutes of the game. Thus OSU generated little momentum. Its biggest spree in the first half was 4-0. Its biggest spree in the second half was 5-0, started when Oregon led 54-38. The Cowboys trailed by 11 at halftime and never got within single digits thereafter.
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