For Houston, Wednesday’s 78-49 win over Oregon at the Maui Invitational was a strong step back to getting back on track a day after the Cougars had a rough first half and suffered an upset loss at the hands of Wisconsin. For the Ducks, Dana Altman‘s squad appeared to fall even further into a hole that has Oregon 3-3 through six games this year, with all three losses coming by at least 12 points.
Altman himself seemed perplexed after the game, telling reporters that, “How we have regressed in the last two weeks just shocks me.” Oregon started the season ranked and topped Texas Southern and SMU by 17 and 23 points respectively, but has lost three of its last four with the lone win coming against Division II Chaminade in the Ducks’ Maui Invitational opener.
And so Altman and Houston coach Kelvin Sampson had vastly different takes when they spoke to media members afterward; one coach pleased with his team’s “short memory,” the other hoping to help his team forget and move on.
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Here’s what Altman and Sampson had to say after Houston’s win over Oregon at the Maui Invitational.