The play was meaningless, which makes the significance of it all the more frustrating. In the final minute in what would become a 10-point loss to Oklahoma on Sunday, Troy Brown collided with MiKyle McIntosh. The Oregon freshman hasn’t returned to the court since.
Brown has been put in concussion protocol, sitting out every practice this week. He will also sit out Friday night’s game against Boise State, where Oregon will look to defend its nation-leading 46-game home winning streak.
“Troy won’t play tomorrow,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said at his Thursday press conference. “He’s been out all week going through the concussion protocol.”
Brown is the second-highest recruit to ever sign with Oregon and is living up to his billing, averaging 11.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward from Las Vegas struggled in each of the Ducks’ losses, scoring just six points in a 71-63 upset to UConn and shooting only 33 percent from the field in Sunday’s loss to Oklahoma.
“Troy is our leading rebounder so that will be big, but he does so much for us and is so versatile,” sophomore guard Payton Pritchard said at the press conference. “People have to step up and play hard. Fight every minute they get because other guys will get extra chances and we will see how they do.”
Boise State is 6-1 on the year, presenting the Ducks no small challenge in sustaining their home winning streak.
“If we were playing well and had Troy Brown, this would be a big challenge,” Altman said Thursday. “We are not playing particularly well and don’t have Troy, so it is going to be a very difficult game for us.”
Later, he added: Everyone is going to have to play more.”
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