Four Takeaways as Oregon’s Dillon Brooks hits three to beat No. 2 UCLA

Dillon Brooks went for 23 points, nine boards and four assists, including this three to give No. 21 Oregon a much-needed, 89-87 win over No. 2 UCLA:

Here are five things we learned from this game:

1. This was the first time that we saw the real Oregon: Dillon Brooks didn’t play for the first three games of the season as he was still recovering from a foot injury he suffered over the summer. He had only started two games before Wednesday night’s showdown with the Bruins. The two games that Brooks started happened to coincide with the two games that Chris Boucher missed as he battled an ankle injury that he suffered before Christmas. Boucher is Oregon’s starting center that averages 14.1 points, 7.8 boards and 3.2 blocks.

In other words, in every game that Oregon played before this, the Ducks were either without or playing with a limited Brooks, who would have been a consensus preseason first-team all-american if he didn’t have those injury issues hanging over his head, or without Boucher, who will likely get picked in this June’s NBA Draft.

Hell, on Wednesday Boucher still didn’t look quite like himself; he came off the bench.

I say all that to say this: Oregon

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