Ducks’ Season A Success Despite Tourney Loss

Although the Ducks’ season ended in bitter disappointment by dropping a 77-69 decision to champion Louisville, we should be nothing but proud of our men in the ever changing uniforms.  Oregon, picked to finish somewhere in the middle of the “weak” PAC-12, vastly surpassed expectations and brought new found excitement to a floundering program.

After starting out the season so hot, the Ducks faltered quite a bit down the stretch going 5-6 to end the regular season (capped off with horrible showings in Colorado and Utah); however, the Ducks weren’t finished.  They pulled off 3 straight wins in the conference tournament to win the PAC-12 tournament only to get a royal snub from the NCAA selection committee by receiving a 12 seed and having to play a very good Oklahoma State squad who had beaten the likes of Kansas and Kansas State earlier in the season.  Rather than getting down on their luck, the Ducks responded in a big way.

The Ducks had a tremendous season despite losing in the Sweet-16.

Arsalan Kazemi decided to go into beast mode; Dominic Artis returned to the form he’d shown before his foot injury; and (aside from the Louisville game) Damyean Dotson emerged as a real go-to scorer.  Their efforts led to beat downs over Oklahoma State, and many people’s sleeper, St. Louis.

Although the Ducks’ season ended in with a loss — the same as every other team in the tourney except one — no one can take away what was an extremely unexpected Sweet-16 appearance and a tremendous season.

 

Featured Photo At Top Courtesy Kevin Cline Photography

 

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