Oregon Basketball Making the Most of Their Seasons

Alex Nordstrand Editorials

Basketball season is officially in full swing, and it sure is a great thing. Albeit a little bumpy at times, it’s happening. Through schedule changes and postponements, the season goes on, and we have another fun and exciting set of Oregon Men’s and Women’s teams to watch and root on as we bring in the New Year. Watching these two …

New Flock of Ducks: Oregon Women Add Sharpshooting Transfer

Alex Nordstrand Recruiting

For a college basketball team, losing arguably three of the top players in program history warrants an expected down time to rebuild and reload. However, that is not the case for Oregon Women’s Basketball, as Kelly Graves and staff continue to show that this program is going to be around for a long time to come. Not only are the …

New Flock of Ducks: A Hardy Welcome for Grad Transfer

Alex Nordstrand Recruiting

The Oregon Men’s Basketball team is bringing back plenty of returning talent for the upcoming season. However, if there is one thing we know about Dana Altman, it is that he is always looking for ways to improve his roster, particularly with experience, and this off season has been no different. The Ducks once again will bring in a graduate transfer …

New Flock of Ducks: Promising Point Guard Jalen Terry

Alex Nordstrand Editorials

For the first time in what feels like forever, the Oregon Men’s basketball team is going into the summer with a nearly full roster that is deep, talented and poised to make a run for another PAC-12 Championship. With so many players returning, fans will have many familiar faces to cheer for. That said, there are still a few new …

Payton Pritchard: NBA Journeyman or Future Star?

Alex Nordstrand Analysis

Last offseason, Payton Pritchard postponed his NBA career to come back and play one more season for the Ducks. Four-year seniors are hard to come by nowadays in college basketball, especially ones that start all four years at one school. It is safe to say that Pritchard has earned himself the honor of being an all time Duck, for any sport. …

Business Remains Unfinished for Lady Ducks

Alex Nordstrand Editorials

Perhaps the team with the most disappointment and sense of “what could have been,” the 2019-2020 Oregon Women’s Basketball team will always wonder if they would have been able to complete their unfinished business. All the pieces were in place, as this was their year. Plain and simple. It is a tragedy that this team and these players did not …

No NCAA Tournament? It’s Madness

Alex Nordstrand Editorials

The bracket reveal, the buzzer beaters, the upsets, the once in a lifetime performances, the cinderella run. None of it will be happening this year. There is no other way to describe it, it’s sad. I find myself feeling the most for the seniors who missed out on their opportunity to play in the big dance. One last, or first, …

Oregon Basketball’s West Coast Dominance

Alex Nordstrand Editorials

Both the Oregon Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams had big weekends, as the Lady Ducks won the Women’s Pac-12 Tournament, and the men clinched the regular season title. Oregon becomes the first Pac-12 school to have a three-peat: football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball all won Pac-12 regular season championships. The women became champions in Las Vegas in typical fashion. …

What Makes Dana Altman’s Defense so Successful?

Alex Nordstrand Analysis

Dana Altman is known for his spread offense and his match-up zone defense. While the offense gets adjusted every year to fit personnel, the defense has remained the same and is a key to Oregon’s success. Altman’s zone defense is different than most generic 2-3 zone defenses that teams face. It uses a lot of man-to-man principles to cover holes and …

Oregon Women’s Basketball Honors Seniors

Alex Nordstrand Editorials

This past weekend the Oregon women’s basketball team played their last two regular season home gamesand took the opportunity to celebrate seniors Minyon Moore, Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard along with departing junior Satou Sabally. While also clinching the Pac-12 regular season title, it was a true celebration. Not only for the team, but the two sell-out crowds who were …