The Real Defensive Test

The Real Defensive Test

EUGENE -The Pac-12 is home to the four most efficient offensive teams in the country, so with two weeks until the conference opener, Saturday's match-up with BYU will provide Oregon a defensive tune-up.

EUGENE -The Pac-12 is home to the four most efficient offensive teams in the country, so with two weeks until the conference opener, Saturday's match-up with BYU will provide Oregon a defensive tune-up.

The Cougars (8-4) and and Ducks (10-0) are each in the top five nationally in scoring, they each push the ball at every opportunity and feature excellent scoring depth.

"This is going to be the real test," said guard Jason Calliste. "This is going to be the real test to see how good our defense is."

Like the Ducks, it all starts in the backcourt for BYU, where guards Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino are veteran scorers. Haws is 12th nationally in scoring and is one of four Cougars scoring double figurers this year.

"Their guards are really good, obviously they can score the ball, but if we play defense, we'll be fine," Calliste added.

The good news for the Ducks is that they'll be allowed the opportunity to turn up the heat on BYU, taking advantage of a deep team that received another jolt with the returns of Dominic Artis and Ben Carter.

"We can spend a lot more energy and press a lot more. We're deeper, we don't have to play as many minutes," said guard Johnathan Loyd. "We've got a lot of weapons, we're going to press, we're going to pressure them, we're going got play hard and keep come at them."

Tuesday's game with Irvine was evidence of that, with Loyd picking up four fouls and the Ducks seemingly not missing a beat with Artis playing the bulk of the minutes at the point.

Whether Oregon changes anything schematically will be a game-to-game decision according to Altman, but the additions give them "more flexibility" in what they can do.

What Now?

Altman won't settle on a rotation until January, and isn't sure how Carter and Artis will affect it either.

"We're going to play the same way, just a couple more pieces," he said.

One person it seems to directly impact is Calliste. The senior transfer adequately filled in as the secondary ball-handler, and said Thursday that he'll be moving back to shooting guard for the bulk of hims minutes.

"I'm comfortable playing both, I was recruited to play both," he said.

The prospect of moving off ball and allowing Artis to take control, has Calliste excited.

"Once he gets passed his man we're all one pass away, and we're all spot up shooters," he said.

Cougar Connections

Both Young and Loyd have indirect associations with BYU. Loyd's older brother Michael played two years in Provo before transferring, while Young's father Michael was a teammate of BYU coach Dave Rose at Houston.

Loyd's former high school teammate Anson Winder is also reserve guard for the Cougars.

"He beat me my sophomore year, so I'm going to try to get that back, even it out," he said of the 79-65 win the Cougars had the last time the teams played.

Young has never met Rose, but says his father only positive thing to say about the other Phi Slamma Jama member.

"They played a lot of basketball together in college and he says he's a good person."

The Ducks and Cougars tip off at 7:30 at Matthew Knight Arena Saturda. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson and Ernie Kent on the call.

Projected Startin Lineups-

Brigham Young (8-4)

PG- Matt Carlino (6-2 175), 16.2 points per game, 5.1 assists per game.

SG- Tyler Haws (6-5 200), 22.3 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game.

SF- Kyle Collingsworth (6-6 215), 12.7 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game.

PF- Nate Austin (6-11 230), 4.4 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game.

C - Eric Mika (6-10 230), 14.1 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game.

Oregon (10-0)

PG- Johnathan Loyd (5-8, 163) 10.4 points per game, 6.9 assist per game

SG- Joseph Young (6-2, 185) 19.3 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game

SF- Damyean Dotson (6-5, 209) 10.6 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game

PF- Mike Moser (6-8, 211) 14.9 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game

C- Waverly Austin (6-11, 257) 3.5 rebounds per game, 1.3 blocks per game

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