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Lessons learned

Wednesday, November 26, 1:15 am. PT

If you struggle with optimism, click the back button now.  

The Ducks lost tonight and we lost bad.  Carolina set out to show the country that when they turned it up, they are down right unstoppable....message received.  The Tarheels pushed the ball, knocked down open shots and played lock up defense. Threes hit net, fast breaks went off with precision and, when shots didn't fall they grabbed 55 rebounds.  Enough about the Tarheels, they are the best team in America.  

So what about the Ducks?  Tonight we learned a lot, albeit in a painful way.  Michael Dunigan proved that he belongs in the post with anyone, hands down.  Garrett Sim showed a well balanced attack that elicited a text message to my phone from former Duck Luke Ridnour, who among other things, said "I like that Sim kid", which if you know Luke, is effusive praise. Teondre Williams showed a type of athleticism that makes you realize that with some polish, he will be able to do things that few players can do.  

There were high points and low points.  The feeling postgame was that we did not give it our best shot, at least not demonstrating all we are capable of. The optimism comes from knowing that the future is bright and we are beginning to put it together.  

If you have any questions, comments, or general sentiment towards this blog, my e-mail is joshj@uoregon.edu