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Breaon Brady: "I know everybody is saying that we're undersized; but, hey, it's all about the heart."

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November 30, 2018 -- 7:05 p.m. CST

The Oregon Ducks and freshman phenom 7'2" Bol Bol face the Houston Cougars Saturday night in the first game inside the $60-million Fertitta Center. The game is sold out; and, UH administrators, alums, fans, and students are hyped about Saturday.

Houston senior post player Breaon Brady is looking forward to the game.

"It's definitely going to be amazing," Brady said. "Brand new facility. A place that we can call home now. TSU was home to us before; but, it's good to have a place that we can come and really call it home -- no offense to TSU. We loved it there. We competed there. We're just going to take what we did at TSU and bring it over to Fertitta Center."

But, more importantly, he's focused on the Ducks and, specifically Bol Bol.

And for good reason. Bol Bol can do a little bit of everything. If you haven't seen video highlights of Bol Bol's basketball skills, continue reading this article before surfing the net for video clips.

Through six games this season, in 29 minutes per game, Bol Bol is averaging 21.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game and shooting 56.2 percent from the field, 53.8 percent from three, and 75 percent from the line. (That's very good.)

And, he can dribble and lead the fastbreak. Seven-foot-two leading the break. Yep. Been there. Done that.

In 17.6 minutes per game, the left-handed Breaon Brady is averaging 8.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and shooting 73.1% (19 for 26) from the floor. Brady is looking forward to facing Bol.

"He can do a lot. He can shoot, dribble, drive. He rebounds; so, he's a very good and athletic 7'2"," said Brady. "Most 7'2" guys can barely get off the ground; but, he can jump. He can get up there.

"I've gone against taller post players before; but, none 7'2". So, this is going to be a challenge that I'm looking forward to taking. I'm looking forward to guarding him. Trying to stop the actions that he does. I know everybody is saying that we're undersized; but, hey, it's all about the heart."

The Oregon Ducks (5-1) are more than just Bol Bol; and, the Coogs are preparing for everyone on the Ducks' team.

"We watched a lot of film. Not just on him specifically; but, the whole team to see what they do," Brady stated. "We're going out there to compete. Oregon is another team. Sure they have a lot of talent; but, we've faced talented teams like this before. We're just looking to go out there and compete and do what we do best."

Since Brady doesn't compete against a 7'2" player everyday, Brady acknowledges he'll need to make some adjustments on his shot.

"I definitely have to change up a little bit of the things that I do; but, not too much," Brady said. "I've played against players with size; but, it's just adjusting to his height and his wingspan which will be a little different."

Bol Bol has a 7-foot-8 wingspan.

Brady is shorter (6'8") than Bol Bol; but, at 260, Brady weighs more than the talented freshman. Brady plans to use his weight and strength in any one-on-one match-ups against Bol.

"I definitely weigh a lot more than him; but, he makes up for what he lacks in weight with his length," Brady commented. "I'm going to see if I can give him a bump or two to see how he reacts to it."

Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson says the team doesn't do anything different to practice against 7-footers like Bol Bol or UCF's 7'6" Tacko Fall.

"We don't do anything different to prepare for them. We just go play," Sampson said. "We don't have brooms and hold them up. We don't shoot over brooms. We don't shoot over 7'2" guys either. Pass it. That would be my advice."

Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. Saturday night. ESPN2 is broadcasting the game.


After missing the last two games with a sprained left ankle, Coogs' center Chris Harris participated in today's practice. There's a chance he plays Saturday versus Oregon.

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