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College basketball rankings: Oregon Ducks rightly back in top 5

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For the first time since November, the Oregon Ducks men’s basketball team is back in the top five of the Associated Press top 25.

The latest college basketball rankings were released Monday morning. Unsurprisingly, the Ducks (21-3, 10-1 Pac-12) moved up 8 spots to No. 5 after a dominating 27-point victory against a highly ranked Arizona Wildcats ( 21-3, 10-1) team last week.

Oregon opened the season with lofty expectations and a No. 5 ranking, but two early loses nearly dropped the reigning elite representatives out of the top 25 altogether.

Star guard Dillon Brooks returned from injury, and head coach Dana Altman and co. have orchestrated one of the best runs in program history. The Ducks boast the longest active home winning streak at 40 games, which moved to first place when then No. 2 Kansas was shocked at home against unranked Iowa State on Saturday.

Oregon has won 19 of its last 20 games, non bigger than the dismantling of the Wildcats to move into a tie for first place in the conference.

Considering the absence, and slow return, of Brooks early in the season, when the Ducks dropped two of its first four games, voters took way too long to bring Oregon back into the top of the rankings.

It wasn’t until last week that the Ducks cracked the top 10, and it only took a blowout victory over Arizona and losses by six of the top 10 ranked teams for Oregon to move back where it belongs – in the top five.

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ESPN Bracketology expert Joe Lunardi has the Ducks as a two seed in the west in his projected NCAA Tournament bracket. Should that hold, Oregon would face Furman in Sacramento then the winner of seventh-seeded Notre Dame and 10th-seeded Wichita State.

Altman is no stranger to highly touted team, quickly passing previous Ducks coaches as one of the best in program history.

Webfoot faithful have known all season how good the green and yellow – or black, white, etc – are, but now the nation is starting to drink the Kool Aid again.

Oregon will have another chance in the national spotlight when it hosts No. 10 UCLA (21-3, 8-3) in a rematch of Brooks’ buzzer-beater in January.

Should the Ducks make another statement, don’t be surprised to see them continuing to climb toward the top of the rankings.

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Joseph Young

Joseph Young

Joseph Young had a game-winner and near triple-double this week as Oregon earned home victories over Washington and Washington State. The Houston, Texas native has been named NetScouts Basketball’s National Player of the Week for games from February 2nd to February 8th.

Young opened the week with 32 points, three rebounds, and two assists while shooting 12-of-21 from the floor and 4-of-9 from three-point range in a 78-74 win over Washington. He had the game-winning basket with less than 20 seconds remaining and also scored his 2,000th career point in the win. On Sunday, Young had another key performance against Washington State. The 6-foot-2 guard contributed 29 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists while shooting 10-of-16 from the field and 3-of-5 from deep in a 95-72 victory. On the week, Young averaged 30.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game on 59.5 percent (22-of-37) shooting, a 50 percent (7-of-14) clip from deep, and a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line.

The senior has been one of the top scorers in the Pac-12 this season, averaging 19.3 points per game for the Ducks. He’s growing into a true point guard at the head of the offense as Oregon is inching towards an NCAA Tournament berth. Young will look to continue his hot shooting into the final stretch of the regular season.

Karam Mashour

Karam Mashour

Another senior, Karam Mashour, led Morehead State to wins over Belmont and Tennessee State in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Nazareth, Israel native has been named NetScouts Basketball’s International Player of the Week for games from February 2nd to February 8th.

The 6-foot-6 forward started with a double-double in a 72-57 win versus Tennessee State. Mashour had 21 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists on 9-of-16 shooting and a 2-of-5 display from deep. He followed with 22 points and six rebounds in a narrow 73-71 win against Belmont. Mashour shot 5-of-10 from the field, 2-of-5 from three-point range, and 10-of-11 at the free throw line in the thrilling win. He averaged 21.5 points and 10.0 rebounds on the week while shooting 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from the field and 40 percent (4-of-10) from three-point range.

Mashour has been the leading rebounder for Morehead State this season while adding 9.0 points per game. The Eagles have won five of their last six games and are tied for first in the East Division of the Ohio Valley Conference. With a roster that includes three international players, Morehead State could challenge for its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011.

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Brad Waldow (St. Mary’s) and Youssou Ndoye (St. Bonaventure) – January 18th

Bobby Portis (Arkansas) and Przemek Karnowski (Gonzaga) – January 11th

Sterling Gibbs (Seton Hall) and Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) – January 4th

Christian Wood (UNLV) and Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga) – December 28th

Denzel Livingston (Incarnate Word) and Egidijus Mockevicius (Evansville) – December 21st

Montrezl Harrell (Louisville) and Amida Brimah (UConn) – December 14th

Tyrone Wallace (Cal) and Patricio Garino (George Washington) – December 7th

Perry Ellis (Kansas) and Venky Jois (Eastern Washington) – November 30th

LaDontae Henton (Providence) and Domantas Sabonis (Gonzaga) – November 23rd

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