It’s been a few years since the Ducks were this good at basketball. Ranked #16 in the polls, the Ducks are off to a 17-2 start including a 6-0 record in PAC-12 play with key wins over #24 UCLA, #18 UNLV and #4 Arizona. When was the last time we were playing at such a high level?
Let’s flash back to the 2006-2007 season, one of the most memorable seasons in Oregon basketball history. The Ducks were led by 5’6” freshmen guard Tajuan Porter and senior point guard Aaron Brooks as well as junior Bryce Taylor. The Ducks got off to a 12-0 start before suffering their first loss of the season, against USC. Oregon was able to bounce back though, knocking off #1 ranked UCLA the next game with a memorable shot from Brooks with about 13 seconds left. The Ducks had a bit of a slump during the middle of the season, losing 6 0f 8, but then came back hard during the home stretch, sweeping the PAC-12 tournament.
Oregon basketball went on to capture a #3 seed in the tournament, taking out Miami (OH), Winthrop, and UNLV and advancing to the Elite Eight before losing to a Florida team that went on to win the national championship. It really was a phenomenal season all around for the Ducks with really solid all around play from many of the starters.
The Oregon squad of 2013 will look to capture some of this magic moving forward into the home stretch of the season. Hopefully the Ducks will be able to emulate the success that the 2007 squad had, or even the 1939 “Tall Firs”, the tall and lanky Oregon team which won the first ever played national championship.