Oregon did everything right against Stanford Saturday night, and avenged its worst loss of the season in the process. After a disappointing 48-46 loss to Cal Thursday, Oregon’s balanced scoring and points off turnovers propelled them to a 77-66 victory. The win took away the chance for the Bay Area schools to sweep the Ducks, and payback for its 24 point loss to Stanford earlier in the season.
Oregon is making a habit of not being able to make shots in late game situations. After going scoreless in last four minutes of its first meeting against Cal, the Ducks once again came up short Thursday against the Golden Bears.
Behind a 19-2 run in the second half, Oregon ended its three game losing streak by defeating the Utah Utes 73-64. Oregon took its first lead midway through the second half 44-43 and didn’t relinquish the lead from then on.
Oregon dropped its third straight game in a crushing one point loss to the Colorado Buffaloes at home Thursday night.
Ranked 16th in the nation and boasting a 16-2 record, the Oregon men’s basketball team have been projected as a five seed in Joe Lunardi’s latest NCAA tournament Bracketology. The Ducks have been rising recently in Lunardi’s weekly projected rankings. Last week Oregon was projected as a seven seed and they were projected as a ten seed the week before that.
Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, along with select defensive players had an early wake-up call Sunday morning for press conferences. Below are selected quotes from the Ducks defense. Monday morning will be the official Fiesta Bowl media day, with all players and coaches on hand for interviews.
Orlando Brown Jr. might just be the biggest high schooler you’ve ever seen… and he’s only a sophomore. At 6’8″ and 380 lbs. Does he loom large in the Ducks future?
The No. 8 Ducks suffered their first Pac-12 series loss since opening with Washington earlier in the season to the Washington State Cougars this past season. Oregon now prepares for rival Oregon State in a non-conference game on Tuesday.
I’m leaving, but I’m not going away…
Musing on the Oregon men, Pete Rose, and an NBA team I simply don’t like…