The Oregon Ducks will have a huge opportunity this weekend in the Pac-12 tournament
The Oregon Ducks won back-to-back games for the first time since January 26, as they took care of the Washington Huskies on the road. Oregon will head to Pullman to play the Washington State Cougars on Saturday.
Yep... I went there. Oregon's loss of point guard Dominic Artis is similar to the loss of Dennis Dixon five seasons ago.
The Ducks men's basketball team had its sloppiest performance of the season, but used a strong second half performance to beat the Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions at home on Saturday.
After going on a 13-0 run midway through the first half, the Oregon Ducks opened the game up and defeated the University of Texas-San Antonio 95-78. The Ducks improved to 6-1 on the season, shooting a season-high 63.3 percent from the field.
The Ducks took down Jacksonville State at home, in a strong defensive effort, to move the team to 4-0, its best start since 2007.
Oregon received their second commitment of the 2013 class with the verbal of 3-star shooting guard A.J. Lapray. Last season as a junior at Sprague High School in Salem, Ore., Lapray was a first team all-state performer and Central Valley co-player of the year. Lapray averaged 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 rebounds per game.
Arsalan Kazemi, a high profile transfer from Rice, was declared eligible by the NCAA and will look to immediately play for the Ducks. Kazemi will help the Ducks in the center and on the defensive side of the ball, an area that Oregon must improve upon if they want to contend in the Pac-12.
Oregon men's basketball will have its first real test of the non-conference season when it faces the Vanderbilt Commodores on Friday night at Matt Knight Arena.
6'8 Power Forward Jordan Bell, a potential recruiting coup for Dana Altman's squad, committed to Oregon yesterday afternoon. Bell's commitment gives the Ducks their first major commitment of the season.