The Ducks officially announced their 2012-2013 basketball schedule, headlined by non-conference tests against UNLV, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Nevada and UTEP. The good news for the Ducks is every one of those games except UNLV is at home in Matthew Knight Arena. Also, 28 out of the 31 Ducks games will be televised this season, including 16 on the newly launched Pac-12 Network and eight on ESPN’s family of networks.
The Ducks begin officially begin their season at home November 10th versus Northern Arizona in the Global Sports Classic, after two exhibition games on October 29th and November 5th. After hosting the Global Sports Classic, the Ducks will head to Las Vegas to face UNLV in the semifinal of the classic. UNLV’s best player will likely be incoming freshman Anthony Bennett, the seventh ranked player in last year’s ESPN 100 recruiting class, who limited his final choices to UNLV and Oregon but ultimately picked UNLV.
On November 24th, the day after the Ducks face UNLV, they will take on either Cincinatti or Iowa State in the final of the classic. UNLV, Iowa State and Cincinatti all made the NCAA tournament last year, with the Bearcats making it to the Sweet 16. Include Vanderbilt to that mix on November 16th and three of the Ducks first six games will be against teams that made the NCAA tournament last year. It will surely be a hectic start to the season for the Ducks.
The Ducks kick off Pac-12 play on January 6th with a trip up to Gill Stadium to face the rival Beavers. Oregon State will eventually head down to Eugene on February 28th to face the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena.
January will certainly be a busy month for the Ducks, as they face Arizona and their third ranked recruiting class on January 10th in their only game on ESPN’s main network. The Ducks will then travel to Southern California to face the UCLA Bruins and their star studded recruiting class on January 19th.
The Bruins finished last year with the top ranked recruting class in the nation, four players in the top 45, including the top player in the nation in Shabazz Muhammad. The Ducks finish up January with a trip up to play Stanford on January 30th.
After the Ducks finish off their regular season against Utah on March 9th, they’ll head to the Pac-12 Tournament- which is being held in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena for the first time. In total five of the Ducks’ opponents made it to the NCAA Tournament last year (UNLV, Iowa State/Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Colorado and Cal) and 11 made it to a postseason tournament of some kind.
With the inclusion of teams from the Pac-12, the Ducks will face teams from ten different conferences: Big Ten, SEC, Mountain West, Conference USA, Big Sky, Ohio Valley, WAC, SWAC, Great West and either the Big East or the Big 12.
Oregon lost an incredible senior class from a season ago that will not be easily replaced.