Oregon is going through an interesting season. After making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament last season, the Ducks suffered a plethora of close losses this season en route to a No. 3 seed in the NIT.
The Ducks started the season with a 10-3 record, but went just 12-9 over the final 21 games of the season – including three losses by five points or less.
After failing to make the NCAA Tournament, the Ducks were placed into the NIT. Oregon tipped off just over an hour ago, against No. 6 seed Rider.
Despite playing the game at home, not many fans showed up to watch the contest. This photo was taken just a few minutes before tipoff.
Take a look.
12 minutes to tipoff for Oregon and Rider in the first round of the NIT here at MKA…and where's the crowd? pic.twitter.com/OMfLNRQA4v
— Oregon Duck FB News (@DuckFBNews) March 14, 2018
Oregon struggled to match Rider through the first quarter, and has failed to close the gap at halftime. With the NIT testing out quarters this year, Oregon will have two left to mount a comeback and keep itself alive.
Rider leads 44-36.