Cal and Colorado Put the Ducks in First!

After taking care of business against the Huskies in what many thought would be a tough game for Oregon, the team and fans got treated to a wonderful Thursday night of Pac-12 basketball.

Entering the evening, the Ducks were atop the conference with a record of 20-5 (9-3 in conference) after beating the Huskies late the Wednesday night.  Both Arizona and UCLA were 8-3 and looking to keep pace.   By beating the Wildcats, Colorado pulled off the same feat Cal did Sunday.   They also avenged the loss in OT earlier in the season when Sabatino Chen’s game winning 3-pointer was wiped out.

Cal also did the Ducks a huge favor last night by beating UCLA handily at home.  It was a 25-point game by the half.  Cal has done us two serious solid favors in a row since beating us in Berkeley two weekends ago.  They took out Arizona, and now UCLA, giving us sole possession of first in the conference and giving us the opportunity to control our destiny once more.

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The impact of Arizona’s and UCLA’s losses last night will be felt by the Pac-12.  Two of their three strongest teams lost, but it did the Ducks a great service.  While our RPI is bound to fall due to their losing last night, we now control our fate with six conference games remaining and not a single one against Arizona or UCLA.  The stars seem to be aligning for this diverse Duck squad.  Now it is time to take advantage and win our first regular season conference title since the 1944-45 season.

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Alex Hausman

Alex Hausman

Alex Hausman is a Senior at the University of Oregon.  He is a cinema studies major and communications minor.  Alex is from the Bay Area and grew up a Cal Bears fan due to many family members attending, but quickly transitioned into being apart of Duck Nation upon his arrival at the U of O.  Alex also works as an ESPNU campus connector as a representative of Oregon.  He hopes to break into the sports media and marketing world once he graduates in June.  All in all Alex is a huge Pac-12 and passionate Duck fan.  Alex would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about each and every one of his articles.