With the Pac-12 tournament slated to start Thursday for our Ducks, one has to wonder what the emotional state of the team is at this point in time. Coming off back to back lackluster performances against Colorado and Utah on the road trip that cost us the regular season Pac-12 crown and the #1 seed in the conference tournament, the question remains: who if anyone is going to step up for the Ducks?
Just three weeks ago, college basketball expert and founder of Bracketology Joe Lunardi had the Ducks as high as a #4 seed in the NCAA tournament. After our meltdowns at Colorado and Utah, we have fallen out of the top 25 rankings and are now a #10 seed according to Lunardi.
The two Washington schools play each other Wednesday for the right to face us in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. We swept both schools this season and I am wary about being able to beat either one a third time. If we play Washington (who had won 4 straight until losing it’s finale against UCLA) we have to face sharpshooting Scott Suggs and bruising center Aziz N’diaye, who gives us fits. If we play Washington State we have to deal with the multi-talented Brock Motum and a much-improved defense. Either way we will surely need everyone to step up to have any chance at regaining early season form, if it’s not too late already. The time to pray for these Ducks is now. Here is hoping we can regain our early season form, make a run in the conference tournament, and gain some momentum heading into the NCAA Tourney.