The Oregon Ducks basketball program had an NIT quarterfinal at home last night.
It seems their fans didn’t get the memo.
Only 3300 fans showed up for the matchup against Wisconsin.
After the game, the team’s coach was not happy about that turnout.
Oregon head coach Dana Altman let his feelings be known to the fan base.
Dana Altman didn't pull any punches during his postgame presser. Called it "embarrassing" that Oregon had just 3,300 fans in attendance on Tuesday.
“If It’s me, then make the (coaching) change. Make the change. Somebody will hire me somewhere. I’ll go coach junior college ball." pic.twitter.com/039Wey0UMN
— Jarrid Denney (@jarrid_denney) March 22, 2023
You see the commitment that Wisconsin makes with the cheerleaders, the band. We make a commitment, don’t get me wrong. But you can just see how important it is to them. It’s important to me. We should have more people here. Alright? I mean, the guys played hard. 3,300 people…that’s not good enough. If it’s me, then get rid of me. If you need somebody else to be a promoter, to do something. But 3,300 people is embarrassing. I’m not in a very good mood, you can tell.
He also added that if he’s the reason fans aren’t showing up, then maybe the school should make a change and he’ll land on his feet somewhere.
If it’s me, then make the change. Make the change. Somebody will hire me somewhere. I’ll go coach junior college ball. I love junior college ball. Those guys are dogs. They want to be in the gym all the time. I love those guys. But 3,300 people? For Wisconsin? I’m disappointed. And I appreciate the people who came. The 3,300 people who did come, great. I sure appreciate them. The people who have stuck with us. Again, I’m not a promoter. I’m not out in public. I don’t have Twitter and all that stuff. My job is to coach.
The end result of this season was a disappointment for Oregon. The team entered the year as a top 25 team and didn’t end up qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
Despite that, this turnout is still pretty awful, especially for a school that usually puts together a strong basketball program.
There is good college basketball played in the NIT and the home environment should make it an enjoyable competition for the teams that came close to making it to March Madness.
Unfortunately that environment doesn’t mean much when fans won’t show up to support their teams if they aren’t one of the 68 best college basketball teams in the country.