Last night the Oregon Ducks walked away with a W after beating USC 80-75. Now the Ducks are preparing to face UCLA this Saturday in California.
This season hasn’t been bad for Oregon; their offense is full of ridiculous amounts of talent and although their defense needs some improvement, they are a well-rounded team. There are only six games left in regular season for college basketball and four of Oregon’s six games are on the road. The Ducks are 6-1 at home in the Pac-12 but have struggled on their opponents’ turf throughout the season and are 1-3 on the road in the Pac-12.
This weekend’s game will be the second time that Oregon has played UCLA this season; they won 82-64 in late January.
As the NCAA (March Madness) Tournament comes closer and closer, wins and losses start to be more and more crucial. The Ducks have made it to the NCAA Tournament the last two years. Will they make it a third year in a row? In order for them to make it to the tournament they absolutely have to win on the road. In their next four road games the Ducks will be facing UCLA, Cal, Stanford, and will end the season against Oregon State.
After the game against Washington State on Sunday, head coach Dana Altman said, “We’ve got to take more of an identity of guarding the ball. We’ve got to take more of an identity of blocking out, being physical on the boards. All of our guys have great confidence in their ability to score, and that sometimes is a curse because then you don’t go guard. You don’t rebound. It’s hurt us.”
According to an article on statesmansjournal.com, the Ducks have had a fairly good season for having such a young team. There are four freshman that play significant minutes for the Ducks: forward Jordan Bell, forward Dillon Brooks, guard Ahmaad Rorie and guard Casey Benson. Of course, their young players don’t encompass the talent of the entire team; junior Elgin Cook has been playing a little better each game, averaging 12.5 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game. And then there’s senior guard MVP Joseph Young. Young is without a doubt the leader of the team on the court. He averages 19.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
When Altman discussed having a younger team he said, ”We’ve got a lot of young guys that I think are getting better, and the new guys are getting better. So we’re 17-7 — don’t want to get comfortable with that, especially with the schedule shifting on us now. We definitely got to toughen up and go.”
The Ducks’ next game is this Saturday against UCLA in Los Angeles, California at 12 p.m. Tune in to see how they do on the road and watch as they battle to make it to the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row!
Top Photo by John Sperry
McKalie Bellew just moved to Oregon from Arizona. She is a sophomore at Lane Community College and moved here to pursue her dream of studying Sports Journalism and Broadcasting at the University of Oregon. Her passion for sports is admirable and her determination and hunger for success in the sports field is fascinating; if you ever have the chance to talk to McKalie face-to-face about sports, you’ll know how much she loves these games just by the way her eyes light up during the conversation. When unable to attend Ducks home games you can find her in front of a television on the edge of her seat, cheering her crazed-fan-head off. McKalie appreciates your feedback and constructive-criticism to help her become a better writer and reporter.
For Football Season: FishDuck Back to Seven Days a Week!
I had to shut down the daily articles on July 20th because I could no longer work the extra 3 to 12 hours per week of certain managerial/editorial duties. (beyond the usual ones with FishDuck)
I’ve had a blast writing without those duties, and now, due to a new agreement with the writers, I can announce that we will have articles seven days a week again. I wish to thank the writers publicly for their graciousness in coming to a solution, as now I still do not have do those extra duties with our agreement, and meanwhile the writers are back having fun creating articles as I am.
Everybody is happy! So below is the new schedule through football season:
Monday: Mr. FishDuck
Tuesday: Darren Perkins
Wednesday: Joshua Whitted & Mr. FishDuck
Thursday: Coach Eric Boles & Alex Heining
Friday: David Marsh
Saturday: Mr. FishDuck (GameDay Baby!)
Sunday: Jordan Ingram
A couple of writers could not join us as they have new projects in their lives, and cannot write for anyone at the moment–but perhaps we will see them back later.
Things rarely work out so well for all parties in agreements, but this time it has and truly….everyone wins!
Our 33 rules at FishDuck can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) keep it clean, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!
FishDuck members….we got your back. No Trolls Allowed!