I don’t know which surprised me more, the video predictions by Campus Insiders of St. Joe’s over Oregon or their most recent prediction of the Elite Eight game, which match the Ducks versus the Oklahoma Sooners? Is this Oregon men’s basketball biggest game? I’ve been chewing on that. The surprising prediction and learning of the unique coaching match-up taking place today.
Geez … I have been thinking so much about a possible Final Four, that I have not allowed the honor of that phrase to truly let it soak in. To make the final four would only be the second time since World War II, and regardless of today’s outcome – an Elite Eight is an accomplishment that this team, and the fans should be very proud of.
Is this Oregon men’s basketball biggest game? In the modern era, yes. Not to take away from the Tall Firs, but titles more recent would be of greater help to Dana Altman’s program, and the profile of the Oregon Athletic Department overall. We have all been on other message boards of colleges where basketball is discussed and broken down year-round with those programs, and if Oregon got to the Final Four and returned most of the team next year? The interest and profile of the program would explode over the next year. This is a very consequential game for our beloved Ducks.
It was satisfying to read in today’s The Register-Guard of how the opposing head coaches in this game are also 30-year friends who call and text each other every 10 days or so. Lon Kruger hired Altman as an assistant coach at Kansas State (1986), and Dana got the KSU head position when Kruger went on to Florida in 1990. The Kruger’s Sooners will probably be the closest to Oregon’s offense that fans will see since so many of the principals began with these two men in Kansas.
It is reported by the R-G that they both plan to go to Scotland for golfing this summer, and I can understand how the joy of winning for the victor will be tarnished by feeling bad for a good friend. It is a nice reminder of the more important things in life, thus, this is an opposing coach I cannot bad-mouth.
Big day for the state
Frankly, today has so many themes going in Oregon sports that while I am focused on the Elite Eight game … there are other highly interesting games going on today as well and even in the same time slot. (Thank goodness for DVRs!)
The incredible Duck softball team is attempting to tie the consecutive home winning streak at 18 today against Stanford at noon, and our fighting baseball team is going for a series win against the damn Huskies at the same time as the Elite Eight game (3:00 PM Pacific on the Pac-12 channel).
I am going to reveal again that I am a “Platypus” as I cheer for all state of Oregon teams and will be keeping an eye of the Oregon State women in their Sweet Sixteen game at 3:30 Pacific against DePaul. So … to build up DVR time to zip through the commercials – I’ll be flipping to two other TV channels to monitor things. A fun day!
The short video below was a surprise to me, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Big day! Go Ducks!
Top Photo from Campus Insiders Video