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Weekly Pairings Set For 2021-22 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Season

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SAN FRANCISCO — The weekly matchups and site designations for the Oregon men’s basketball team’s 2021-22 Pac-12 Conference schedule were announced on Thursday by the league office.
 
The announcement reflects the games being played and the home/away designations each week of the Pac-12 regular season. Specific dates and times for each game within a week will be announced later this summer after selections by the league’s television partners are finalized. All Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball games will be televised by either Pac-12 Network, ESPN/2/U, FOX/FS1 or CBS.
 
The league previously announced a pair of early December matchups for the Ducks, who will host Arizona State on December 5 before traveling to Stanford on December 12.
 
Following the early conference contests, the remainder of league play will resume the week of December 29 and conclude March 5 ahead of the 2022 Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (March 9-12).
 
Oregon Men’s Basketball 2021-22 Pac-12 Weekly Conference Matchups
Dec. 5
vs. Arizona State
 
Dec. 12
at Stanford
 
Week of Dec. 29 – Jan. 2
vs. Colorado/Utah
 
Week of Jan. 5-9
at Oregon State
 
Week of Jan. 12-16
at UCLA/USC
 
Week of Jan. 19-23
vs. Washington/Washington State
 
Week of Jan. 26-30
vs. Oregon State
 
Week of Feb. 2-6
at Colorado/Utah
 
Week of Feb. 9-13
vs. California/Stanford
 
Week of Feb. 16-20
at Arizona/Arizona State
 
Week of Feb. 23-27
vs. UCLA/USC
 
Week of March 2-5
at Washington/Washington State

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Men’s Basketball Alumni Team Accepted Into TBT Field

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BOSTON — An Oregon men’s basketball alumni team has been admitted into the field for The Basketball Tournament (TBT), the $1 million, winner-take-all summer basketball event that will be broadcast live on the ESPN networks next month.
 
The Oregon squad – Always Us – is organized by former student managers Robbie Ellis and Brian O’Reilley, and coached by director of operations Josh Jamieson. The current roster is made up of the following 11 former Ducks:

  • Jalil Abdul-Bassit (2013-15)
  • Dwayne Benjamin (2014-16)
  • Elijah Brown (2017-18)
  • Shakur Juiston (2019-20)
  • Johnathan Loyd (2010-14)
  • MiKyle McIntosh (2017-18)
  • Mike Moser (2013-14)
  • Tajuan Porter (2006-10)
  • Bryce Taylor (2005-08)
  • Paul White (2016-19)
  • Joe Young (2013-15)

One of 64 teams in the field, Always Us was revealed as the No. 4 seed in the Illinois Regional on Monday. The team will face the No. 13 seed Peoria All-Stars in the first round on Sunday, July 25 (12 p.m. PT, ESPN3), at the Peoria Civic Center.
 
If Always Us advances to the second round, it would face the winner of Autism Army and SCD Hoops on Monday, July 26, at 11 a.m. The final games of the Illinois Regional will take place on Wednesday, July 28.
 
Two teams from each of the four TBT regionals will advance to compete in Championship Weekend in Dayton, Ohio, at UD Arena. The quarterfinals will be played on July 31, with the semifinals scheduled for August 1. The TBT Championship game will be August 3, where one player will hit a shot during the Elam Ending to win his team $1 million.
 
For more information on Always Us and tickets for this year’s TBT, visit TheTournament.com.
 

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Altman Signs Forward Quincy Guerrier

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon men’s basketball team has officially added 6-foot-7 forward Quincy Guerrier to its 2021-22 roster, head coach Dana Altman announced on Thursday.
 
Guerrier joins the Ducks after playing his freshman and sophomore seasons at Syracuse. He was a third-team all-ACC selection for the Orange in 2020-21, averaging 13.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while shooting 49.3 percent from the floor.
 
“We are excited to bring Quincy into our program,” said Altman. “He is a physical player and his versatility offensively will allow him to play a number of different positions for us. I also love what he’ll give us defensively and on the boards. I think he has a very bright future and we’re looking forward to working with him.”
 
Guerrier owns 11 career double-doubles, including eight as a sophomore. He posted 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds on Dec. 16, 2020, vs. Northeastern, and followed that up with a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds in Syracuse’s next game vs. Buffalo. In the Orange’s second game of the season vs. Niagara, Guerrier went 9-of-10 from the floor for 23 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. He grabbed double-digit rebounds nine times in 2020-21, including five games with at least 13 boards.
 
The Montreal, Quebec, native will also add a strong defensive presence for the Ducks. He had at least one blocked shot 18 times in 2020-21, with four-or-more blocks on four different occasions. Guerrier also recorded multiple steals five times as a sophomore.
 
Guerrier will bring NCAA Tournament experience to Oregon, reaching the Sweet Sixteen with the Orange in March as a No. 11 seed. He had 12 points and seven rebounds in a second-round win over West Virginia while matching his career-high with five blocked shots.
 
Guerrier averaged 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds as a freshman in 2019-20. He recorded his first career double-double vs. Penn State with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and scored a season-high 16 points vs. NC State while grabbing 10 boards. Guerrier shot 49.7 percent from the floor during his debut season.
 
Guerrier went to Syracuse from Thetford Academy, where he averaged 24.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 2018-19. During the summer of 2016, Guerrier competed for the Canadian Under-17 World Cup Team.
 

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Pac-12 Announces December Opponents for Men’s Basketball

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EUGENE, Ore. – Defending Pac-12 champion Oregon will play Arizona State and Stanford in December, the league announced Tuesday.
 
The Ducks’ first two games of the 20-game men’s basketball conference schedule for the 2021-22 season will be Dec. 5 against Arizona State in Matthew Knight Arena and at Stanford on Dec. 12.
 
The Pac-12 also announced a new 10-year annual rotation of men’s basketball conference opponents, which begins with the 2021-22 season.
 
Oregon will have home-and-home series with ASU, Colorado, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State this season. The Ducks play California in Eugene and Arizona in Tucson but will not travel to Berkeley or host the Wildcats.
 
The home-and-home series will remain the same for the 2022-23 season, while Arizona will play in Eugene and the Ducks will visit Berkeley.
 
The new 10-year rotation extends through the 2030-31 season. A prior 10-year rotation was implemented for the 2011-12 season, the league’s first after expansion to 12 members, and completed during the recent 2020-21 campaign, the league’s inaugural 20-game conference season.
 
Oregon 2021-22 Early Conference Games
Sun., Dec. 5, 2021 – Arizona State at Oregon
Sun., Dec. 12, 2021 – Oregon at Stanford
 
Oregon 2021-22 Home-and-Away Opponents
Home: ASU, COLO, OSU, STAN, UCLA, USC, UTAH, WASH, WSU, CAL
Road: ASU, COLO, OSU, STAN, UCLA, USC, UTAH, WASH, WSU, ARIZ
 
– www.GoDucks.com –

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Ducks Sign NJCAA All-American Rivaldo Soares

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon men’s basketball team has bolstered its 2021-22 roster with the signing of NJCAA all-American Rivaldo Soares, head coach Dana Altman announced on Monday.
 
A 6-foot-6 guard, Soares has spent the last two seasons at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. He was named an NJCAA first-team all-American and the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) player of the year as a sophomore in 2020-21.
 
“We are excited to add Rivaldo to our program,” said Altman. “He’s a young talent who we feel can develop and continue to get better. He’s a versatile player who will be able to play multiple positions and do a lot for us on both ends of the court.”
 
Soares averaged 15.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor and 34.5 percent from three-point range in 2020-21, leading South Plains to a share of the WJCAC title and an appearance in the Elite Eight of the NJCAA Men’s Basketball National Tournament.
 
A dynamic scorer, Soares finished in double figures 17 times as a sophomore – including five games with 20-plus points – while recording four double-doubles. He enjoyed a career outing on March 11 vs. Western Texas, scoring a career-high 28 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
 
A native of Boston, Mass., Soares averaged 15.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2019-20. He scored in double figures in six straight games to open his career, and 25 of 30 throughout his debut season. In his career, Soares owns 42 double-figure scoring performances and 12 games with 20 points or more.
 

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Altman Hires Chris Crutchfield As Assistant Coach

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EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon men’s basketball team has added Chris Crutchfield to its staff as an assistant coach, head coach Dana Altman announced on Wednesday morning.
 
Crutchfield comes to Oregon after spending the 2020-21 season as the head coach at East Central University, and brings with him more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience at some of the nation’s top programs. Crutchfield fills the spot on Altman’s staff vacated by Tony Stubblefield, who last week was named head coach at DePaul.
 
“We are thrilled to be able to add a coach of Chris’ caliber to our staff, and are excited to welcome him and his family to the University of Oregon,” said Altman. “He has recruited and developed many elite players throughout his career, and his ability to connect and build relationships with student-athletes will be a tremendous asset for our program. Chris is a proven winner with a history of success everywhere he has been, and we look forward to the significant impact he will have here in Eugene.”
 
Crutchfield spent eight seasons (2011-19) working under Lon Kruger at Oklahoma, first as an assistant coach before being elevated to associate head coach in 2016. He joined Arkansas as associate head coach for the 2019-20 season prior to taking the head job at East Central University, where he led the Tigers to a 10-9 record in 2020-21.
 
“I’m excited and honored to be joining Coach Altman’s staff at the University of Oregon,” said Crutchfield. “Coach Altman and his staff have built a successful and nationally recognized program, and I’m looking forward to contributing to the Ducks’ ongoing success. My family and I can’t wait to get to Eugene and become a part of the University of Oregon.”

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Oklahoma compiled a 160-105 (.604) overall record and earned six NCAA Tournament bids in eight seasons with Crutchfield on staff, including a trip to the 2016 Final Four. An elite recruiter, Crutchfield was instrumental in the signing and development of Buddy Hield and Trae Young. Hield was the 2016 consensus national player of the year and the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, while Young was selected fifth overall in the 2018 NBA Draft following a historic freshman season.
 
After Oklahoma, Crutchfield helped lead Arkansas to a 20-12 record in 2019-20, and was key in the development of Mason Jones, an Associated Press honorable mention all-American and AP co-SEC player of the year. Crutchfield also played a big role in the Razorbacks landing a top-five recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN.
 
Prior to his move to Oklahoma, Crutchfield was an assistant coach at Oral Roberts (2007-11), TCU (2005-07) and New Mexico State (2001-05). He broke into coaching at his alma mater, Nebraska-Omaha, and also had stints at the University of Texas-San Antonio and Tyler Junior College.
 
Click here for Crutchfield’s full bio
 

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Duarte Wins Jerry West Award as Nation’s Top Shooting Guard

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Chris Duarte was honored as the nation’s top shooting guard on Saturday.

The senior from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, was named the 2021 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is the first Oregon player and the first Pac-12 player to receive the Jerry West Award.

The seven-time All-American was one of just two players nationally who averaged at least 17.0 points and 1.9 steals per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field. He was the only major conference player with those averages.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Utah Utes at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 20, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

“It is an honor to win this award,” said Duarte. “It’s an amazing feeling. This was one of the goals that I worked for this year and it feels good to have that hard work pay off. 

“I found out that Jerry West played the one, played the two; he did so many different things really well in his career and that’s how I’d like to be known someday too,” said Duarte. “I’d like to thank my family, my teammates and my coaches for all their help and support. I couldn’t have done this without them.”

The 2021 Associated Press Pac-12 Player of the Year was named to the All-Pac-12 first team and the Pac-12 All-Defensive team by the league’s coaches. He is a seven-time All-American this season, including a second-team selection by Sports Illustrated.

He was also named the 2021 collegiate International Player of the Year by NetScouts Basketball.

The Ducks’ leading scorer at 17.1 points per game ranked among Pac-12’s top 10 in six different statistical categories and was the only player ranked among the league’s top 10 in both overall field goal percentage (.532) and three-point field goal percentage (.424).

Duarte was second in the Pac-12 in steals and three-pointers (2.4 per game), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.428) and sixth in scoring.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 13, 2020 (Eric Evans Photography)

This is the second consecutive year that an Oregon player has won one of the five national Basketball Hall of Fame “Starting Five” awards. Payton Pritchard, now with the Boston Celtics, won the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award last season.

Jerry West was one of the best pure shooters in the game’s history. At West Virginia University, West averaged 24.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. In 1959, he led the Mountaineers to the NCAA Finals and captured the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award. In a superlative senior season, West was a consensus All-American and led West Virginia to its third consecutive conference championship.

After college, West starred with the Los Angeles Lakers alongside teammates like Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain. Known as “Mr. Clutch,” West won an NBA championship with the Lakers in 1972. Three years earlier in 1969, West was named the NBA Finals MVP despite his team not winning the championship. At the time of his retirement, West ranked third in points (25,192), fourth in scoring average (27.0 points per game), second in made free throws (7,160) and fifth in assists (6,238).

West was a 14-time All-Star and named to the NBA All-Defensive First-Team four times. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996.

Jerry West Award Winners
2021    Chris Duarte, Oregon
2020    Myles Powell, Seton Hall
2019    RJ Barrett, Duke
2018    Carsen Edwards, Purdue
2017    Malik Monk, Kentucky
2016    Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
2015    D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State

– www.GoDucks.com –
 

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Strong second half propels Ducks past Rider 99-86 and into the second round of the NIT

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Minutes before tip of Oregon’s first-round NIT matchup with Rider, the Ducks emerged from their locker room in their fluorescent yellow jerseys to a half-hearted cheer from a maybe quarter-full Matthew Knight Arena. It’s a sight that Oregon has seen few times at home this season, and mainly for preseason scrimmages, not postseason tournament games.  

But this was, after all, an NIT game on a Tuesday night, and one can only presume that Duck fans didn’t want to watch Oregon play in a consolation tournament after what was an entirely disappointing season.

The 2,327 fans that ended up occupying the 12,000 seat arena witnessed a 99-86 Ducks win over the Broncs (22-10) that sent Oregon to the second round of the NIT to face either Marquette or Harvard. But for about two-and-a-half quarters (all NIT games will be played in quarters this year), Oregon appeared to have no interest in being on the floor. It took a strong second-half run to propel the Ducks (23-12) to victory and keep their season alive for at least one more game.

Freshman V.J. Bailey played a big role in the win. He hit a career-high seven threes en route to a career-high 23 points, 14 of which he scored in the second half. Altman gave Bailey his fair share of credit for the second-half turnaround.

“Once we started clicking we got a few shots down and the energy level went way up. VJ really likes to play when the ball is going in. He did a really nice job shooting the ball and giving us some energy there,” Oregon head coach Dana Altman said.

Bailey hit four of his seven threes after the 3:25 mark of the third quarter. His first cut Rider’s lead to 56-55. Payton Pritchard converted a layup on Oregon’s next possession to give the Ducks a 57-56 lead, their first lead since the score was 3-2.

Oregon outscored Rider 42-30 the rest of the way.

“He gives us a spark off the bench and we just try to give it to him every time,” said Kenny Wooten, who recorded his third double-double of the season with 12 points and ten rebounds. “We know he’ll get a good shot so that’s what we try and do when he gets in.”

Oregon needed a second-half spark after its lackadaisical first half performance that had them down 44-36 at halftime. The Ducks made 13 shots on 33 percent shooting and turned the ball over nine times. Rider was equally sloppy, turning the ball over seven times, but shot 52 percent from the field and scored 28 of its 44 first-half points in the paint. The Broncs dominated the paint all night and got 50 of their 86 points from down low.  

“They didn’t beat us, they killed us,” Altman said. “That’s probably as many as we’ve given up all year.”

But the second half was a different story. Oregon’s offense sprung to life and the Ducks rode the hot hands of Elijah Brown (16 second-half points, 18 for the game), Pritchard (18 second-half points, 23 for the game), and Bailey to the buzzer. For a team that struggled to hit threes in Vegas last week, the Ducks hit 14 of their 26 attempts with nine makes coming in the second half.

It wasn’t pretty, but Oregon survived to play another game. They’ll face either two seed Marquette or seven seed Harvard, who play each other Wednesday night. If the Ducks draw Marquette, they’ll have to travel over 2,000 miles to play the Golden Eagles. They’ll host Harvard if the Crimson win.

For a game that might have been the last at Matthew Knight this season, at least the home crowd went home happy.

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Ducks fall to UCLA in overtime, 86-78

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Oregon didn’t lead for the majority of the game, but it did push the clock into its first overtime of the season.

Yet, Oregon didn’t win, UCLA did.

On Saturday night at the Pauley Pavilion, the Ducks fell victim to their ongoing battle with inconsistency as they lost to the UCLA Bruins 86-78 in overtime, leaving the Los Angeles road trip 0-2.

The game began with a strong Oregon presence in the first 10 minutes. Oregon forward Troy Brown Jr. stole the ball after a Bruin-won tip-off. He ran it down for a layup and got Oregon on the board first.

But the Ducks’ drive soon slowed after a 3-pointer from UCLA Bruin Prince Ali made the way for a six-point UCLA lead.

The Ducks ended the first half five under the Bruins, 35-40.

The second half wouldn’t start for the Ducks until the 11:45-minute mark when UCLA junior Aaron Holiday took his seat on the Bruin bench with his fourth foul.

It was as if Holiday’s absence recharged the Oregon team. The Ducks went on a 13-point run, starting with back-to-back 3s from MiKyle McIntosh and Payton Pritchard. Another 3 from Elijah Brown tied the game at 59-59.

The Ducks reclaimed their lead at 7:41 with a layup from Elijah Brown. Holiday was soon put back in the game, and the Bruins started to regain control.

After switching back-and-forth leading points, a McIntosh layup tied the game at 71 with 49 seconds left. The two battled it out, attempting shots on both sides as the clock ran out and overtime was declared.

In overtime, this time the Bruins would be the first to score. Another 3-pointer from Ali at the 3:51 mark sparked a UCLA surge.

Oregon only made three baskets in overtime. Those seven points did not hold up against the Bruins’ 10-2 point run as they claimed the victory with an eight-point deficit.

Pritchard led the Ducks with 23 points and five assists. Following him was Elijah Brown and McIntosh each with 19 points. Troy Brown Jr. ended with eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

The Ducks will return home to Eugene and play the Arizona State Sun Devils at Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 8:30 p.m.

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