By DSH basketball columnist Brian Mahuna
With a victory over Georgetown in the season opener, Duck fans knew they had something quite special in this year's version of the Oregon Ducks Men's basketball team.
Seven games later, the Ducks crossed the country to Oxford Mississippi, undefeated and looking to make a statement against 8-1 Ole Miss and their electrifying scorer Marshall Henderson.
Out of the gate the Ducks looked like they were going to struggle with the size and strength of the Ole Miss front court. With bruising big men down low the Rebels jumped out to a quick 14-7 rebounding advantage barely ten minutes into the game.
Mike Moser and Joe Young were held in check offensively and Moser looked a little vulnerable inside on the defensive end in the first half.
In came Richard Amardi, Elgin Cook and Jason Calliste. The three transfers set the tone with tough defensive play and played without fear on the offensive end. In a game where the crowd was hostile and the air was electric, those three never looked intimidated and made the most of their opportunities.