EUGENE - When will Oregon beat Cal? It's serious question that the Ducks are no closer to answering than they were to begin the night. The best guess is not this season, as the Golden Bears took the lone conference meeting 96-83 at Matthew Knight Arena Thursday night, extending their streak to 12 straight over the Ducks.
Even without key players Jabari Bird and Ricky Kreklow, California was able to make the Ducks look pedestrian defensively, scoring a season-high 96 points on 32-61 shooting.
"It just looked like our guys didn't know what they wanted to do. That's a little surprising, because we've worked at a lot of things. We just were way behind a lot of plays," said coach Dana Altman.
Most of the scoring came from freshman Jordan Matthews, who started in place of Bird. Matthews, who averaged seven points per game entering the night, finished with a career-best 32 on 10-for-14 shooting.
"We let a freshman, who really wasn't a big key to our scouting report… [score] 32 points," said senior Mike Moser.
Matador defense has become a serial offense for the Ducks, who've allowed opponents to score at least 90 four times already this season.
"This hasn't just crept up on us the last two games, this is something that we've got to address," Altman said. "We've got to do some soul-searching. We've got a lot to work to do. Defensively, we're not very good. There's no other way to put it."
Moser stared blankly when asked where the Ducks would go next defensively, "I'm not sure how to answer that one," he said despondently.
They better figure that out soon, as Stanford looms Sunday.
"I think this loss makes this Stanford game a lot, lot bigger than it was 40 minutes," Moser said.
The Duck offense wasn't much better. After a 13-for-19 start, Oregon missed 32-of-45 shots to finish the game.
Joseph Young led the Ducks with 29 points, Moser had 15 and 10 rebounds and Johnathan Loyd and Damyean Dotson also reached double figures.