Bryan Roy hails from Massachusetts and is also a senior at the University of Arizona, so that makes him cool. He has also covered the Wildcats team since 2008 and I figured he could help in this space.
Here’s his first offering on Oregon’s new artistic creation that they call a court:
By BRYAN ROY
Special to FoxSports.com
Heading “Deep in the Woods” has lost its peaceful vibe.
The University of Oregon's new $200-million basketball arena debuted last weekend the way Oregon does everything: Through boldness, creativity and innovation in design.
Oh, and a lot of buzz.
The court's psychedelic design called “Deep in the Woods” received polarizing reviews. Its beaming glare, overgrown trees and barely visible half court line gave one blogger the impression of "a mushroom trip gone horribly wrong."
USC coach Kevin O'Neill said he didn't notice the glare but did make one suggestion for the floor.
“They've got to put a center line on the floor,” O'Neill said on Tuesday's. “I didn't know who was over and back. … They need to paint something down there. That's going to be hard for an official to deal with or even play with.”
USC lost to Oregon 68-62 last Thursday in what O'Neill called a “competitive disadvantage” dealing with the hoopla surrounding the arena's grand opening.
“I really didn't like the opening game was during the Pac-10 conference game,” O'Neill said. “I'd prefer that they run those outside the conference season. That's the only thing to me that was a little bit different.”
“You sit in the locker room 40 minutes longer than necessary,” he added. “It's not why we lost, it's a whole different set of things to deal with.”
UCLA coach Ben Howland said although it's difficult to follow the ball through the mixes of brown and orange on television, he was fine with the two thin half court lines.
The Bruins beat Oregon 67-59 on Saturday.
“As long as the officials can do their job, I’m not worried about it,” Howland said Tuesday. “In person it's spectacular. There's a big difference in the TV. It's a great idea.”
One thing is certain: Creativity remains a signature in Eugene, Ore.
"Oregon does a lot of different things," O'Neill said. "That's kind of their thing."