Ah, February, that time of year when basketball players get bored, lose their bearings, their focus, and sometimes their smarts. Some of that happened in the innocent span of 15 hours Saturday in the Willamette Valley.
Oregon guard Damyean Dotson was cited a little before 1 a.m. at Taylor’s Bar and Grill near the Oregon campus for using fake identification. Having been to Taylor’s once or twice myself, I recommend the Taylor-made burger — just not to underage Oregon basketball players in season (the Ducks host Washington State Sunday evening).
Coach Dana Altman issued a statement about gathering more information and said discipline would be handled internally.
Forty-five miles to the north, Craig Robinson’s Oregon State basketball team took the floor against Washington. Fueled by (a) the motivation of a come-from-ahead loss Jan. 25 in Seattle to the Huskies, and (b) a rare chance to get to the .500 mark in Pac-12 play, the Beavers went out and got smoked, 86-62. Our morning paper had listed them as a 4.5-point favorite.
For more on the OSU basketball situation, here’s what I wrote earlier this week:
Credit to the Huskies, who showed they clearly haven’t given up on the season — two nights after they gave Oregon a good fight in Eugene. But in reality, this is a UW team that’s had to retool itself because of Jernard Jarreau’s injury, and it’s mostly odds and ends and complementary parts. If the Beavers had really come of age this year (with a heavily veteran team), they would have swept Washington. Instead, playing Robinson’s brand of lockdown defense, they allowed 87 points in Seattle and another 86 Saturday as the Huskies shot 57 percent, and they’ll be fortunate to find themselves in the NIT.