The Oregon Ducks: A Cinderella Story

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I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t think the men’s basketball team had a chance of doing well this season. With the loss of three great players and the team being dominated by young freshmen, the odds were certainly stacked against the Ducks.

Altman helped lead the Ducks to new heights this season.

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Altman led the Ducks to new heights this season.

Without Dana Altman, the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, the success the Ducks had this year would probably not have been possible. The schedule was like a speeding avalanche barreling down a mountain, but Altman was able to maneuver his young team around it. The Ducks finished the season with a very respectable record of 25-9. They finished second in the Pac-12 behind powerhouse Arizona Wildcats. Despite getting blown out by the Wildcats in all three games, including the Pac-12 Tournament championship game, the Ducks finished strong.

The Ducks will miss Joseph Young next season, and all the things he brings to the court.

Donald Alarie

The Ducks will miss Joseph Young next season, and all the things he brought to the court.

By now, everyone knows about Joseph Young. He was recently awarded the Pac-12 Player of the Year award and finished 12th in the country with 20.2 points per game, which is second in the Pac-12.

Along with the stellar play of Young, the Ducks boasted a lineup of freshmen that would make any team encouraged. Forwards Dillon Brooks and Jordan Bell are two of the most talented young guys in the country. The question now is “Do the Cinderella  Ducks get to stay and continue to dance?”

Tune-in to TBS tomorrow at 3:50 pm Pacific to watch the Ducks take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the round of 64, from CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Top Photo by John Giustina

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Jason Selby

Jason Selby

Jason is a Junior at the University of Oregon, currently double majoring in Public Relations and Political Science. Jason has been an avid sports fan for his entire life, growing up playing Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Over the last year, Jason has found his love for sports reporting, and enjoys creating pieces that use his love and knowledge for sports to portray his message. In his spare time, Jason enjoys obsessing over Ducks sports, Scuba Diving around the world, and listening to music. Tweet at Jason…. @1seltank. He loves talking sports with other avid sports fans.