Mar 20, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Oregon Ducks guard Damyean Dotson (21) fights for a rebound with Brigham Young Cougars forward Eric Mika (00) during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Halftime: Oregon 39, BYU 31

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Ugly first half in Milwaukee for the Cougar Cagers.

Coming into this game, many of the national pundits felt BYU didn’t deserve to be in the field of 68.  20 minutes into this one and BYU is proving the pundits right.  Oregon is up 39-31 at the half, and it was much worse than the score would indicate.  BYU was down by as much as 15 in the first half.

Yet again in an NCAA Tournament game, BYU’s opponent is on fire.  Oregon is shooting 44.4% from the field.  While was shooting 28% from the field and 18% from the three-point line.

Tyler Haws who needed to have a big game for BYU to win is struggling in the first half.  Leads BYU with nine points, but it was a hard earned nine.  Oregon has been zeroing in on Haws forcing everyone else on BYU to step up.  The supporting cast for BYU has not rose to the occasion.  Particularly Matt Carlino who is 1-of-8 from the field with five points.

BYU started out strong in the rebounding department, but once Eric Mika, Nate Austin, and Luke Worthington got into foul trouble the Ducks were dominating on the glass.  BYU needs to clean that up to have a chance to pull the upset.

The biggest key for BYU in the second half is to start strong in the first five minutes.  If BYU can cut this to a two or four-point deficit before the first media timeout, the Cougars have a shot.  But you can see Oregon is by far the more athletic team, and probably the better BYU team.

20 minutes for the rest of BYU Basketball’s 2014 life right here. Let’s see how it plays out.

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