Oregon is, arguably, the hottest team left in the NCAA tournament. There are many offensive concepts within their offense that make them a balanced team. Coach Dana Altman and his Oregon Ducks use a variation of a 4 out offensive set where at times they will play their post player in the high post area or step out position to open the lane.
When looking at what Oregon will try to do offensively to counter the size advantage of their opponent. It is key to look at some of the concepts they use:
- They place a heavy emphasis on ball and player movement. The ball cannot get stuck in any one area of the floor or stuck with any one player.
- Four perimeter spots are interchangeable. This makes their offense a position-less concept a majority of the time.
- When Oregon places their center in the high post area, he generally creates a mismatch with his athletic ability to put pressure on rim off the dribble or they play through him because he is an especially skilled passer.
- Oregon will look to skip the ball to the wings from the slot positions up top. This creates quick baseline or middle drive opportunities on the perimeter.
- To take advantage of bigs that cannot move Oregon uses a variety of ball screen actions.
There is a lot of concepts to discuss, however let’s focus on one concept that could win them the game against UNC’s size. We will look at how they can play out of the high post to create spacing and driving lanes.