Sports Desk: Attention on Oregon Football Ready to Shift
The 2012 Oregon football season was an amazing journey ending in the program’s fourth consecutive BCS bowl. While it might not have been the national championship – and there was a sense of disappointment – there’s no reason for fans, players, or coaches to hang their heads. They have a streak no other team has matched. Only Oregon has played in four consecutive BCS bowl games.
And in 3… 2… 1… It’s time to move on and turn your attention to basketball!
There’s something big brewing in Eugene, and it’s the University of Oregon men’s basketball program. Coach Dana Altman has his Ducks (11-2) entering conference play. And who better to kick start Pac-12 play than with the rival Beavers (10-3).
The Ducks, led by Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi (8.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.6 APG), are a legitimate threat to Arizona and UCLA in the conference. The Ducks have an incredibly young, but talented team, with freshmen Damyean Dotson (11.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.2 APG) and Dominic Artis (10.1 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 3.7 APG) leading the team in points per game and assists per game respectively.
Oregon will bring in 2013 with huge goals and expectations. Oregon has not made it to the NCAA Tournament since the 2007 season, but has not had a team as talented as this one since. After winning the CBI two seasons ago and a deep run in the NIT last season. It’s a natural progression to assume the NCAA Tournament is the next tournament for the Ducks to make a run in.
Fans will get a good idea after this weekend’s game against OSU what this team is truly made of. EDN’s Chris Brooklier and Conor Armor will be there for the coverage.
Churchill Lancers Boys Basketball (10-2, 4-0)
If you haven’t started following the Lancers, it’s about time. The two brothers, Malik (7.0 PPG) and Emanuel Morgan (12.5 PPG) are the second and fourth leading scorers on the team and create a well-tuned duo on the court.
DeShone Brooks (11.0 PPG), Keidren Johnson (12.9 PPG) and David Schedrick round out the rest of the team’s top-5 scorers. This team has game at Sheldon on the 15th that will be a huge display of just how good these Lancers are.
Springfield Millers Girls Basketball (8-3, 0-0)
Now I realize that Millers don’t have the best record of the local prep girls basketball team, but they have easily the most dominant female athletes in the last decade for Eugene athletics.
Star Mercedes Russell led Springfield to a 5A state title last season. ESPN ranks her as the No. 1 player in her respective recruiting class… in the country! It will be just a matter of time before Russell and this team are back in their run for a second consecutive state title.
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