PAC-12 Basketball: Simply Ducky

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It is good to be a Duck right now!  The University of Oregon football program has been in the Top 10 for a few years now, and because of that people all over the country think of football when they think of Oregon.  Now it seems like Oregon’s men’s basketball team is going to give their fellow Duck athletes some competition as they …

Ducks Harness Huskies in Grind-It-Out Win

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18-2 Oregon Leads Pac-12 by Two Games It wasn’t perfect. The coach still sees much work to do, but other than a rash of mystifying turnovers and missed free throws at the end, the No. 16 Ducks played some of their best basketball of the season in disposing of Washington 81-76 Saturday before a sellout crowd of 12,364 at Matthew …

No. 16 Ducks Wake Up in 2nd Half to Topple WSU; Seniors Ignite Rally from 10 Points Down

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The high-flying Oregon Ducks, alone in first place through the first three weeks of Pac-12 play and ascending rapidly on the national basketball scene, struggled mightily early in their game against Washington State Wednesday night at Matthew Knight Arena, and seemed ripe for their first defeat in eight contests. The Ducks sleep-walked their way through much of the first 20 …

Oregon Basketball Is For Real. For Real!

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Oregon is off to a roaring start in Pac-12 men’s basketball and expectations are looking up for this year’s team to make a triumphant return to the NCAA tournament.  With the Pac-12 North left on the schedule, the Ducks are in position to secure a nice seed. The Ducks (16-2, 5-0) are undefeated in Pac-12 play, in a year that seemed …

DUCKS SWEEP LA WITH 76-67 WIN OVER UCLA; TAKE OVER PAC-12 LEAD

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LOS ANGELES — The surprising No. 21 Oregon Ducks continued their special season yesterday by dominating the final 3 1/2 minutes of their battle against No. 24 UCLA to win a huge game on the road, 76-67. The win moves Oregon to 16-2 overall and puts them in first place in the Pac-12 Conference with a 5-0 record. On Friday, …

High Flying Ducks Shoot Down #4 Arizona

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The crowd was buzzing.  The yellow-clad Pit Crew was filled up long before normal, and the students were hyped.  The pep band was rocking. ESPN2 with Bill Walton was in the house. A stirring rendition of the national anthem helped create the kind of electricity that has mostly been absent from Matthew Knight Arena since its opening two years ago. …

Oregon Basketball: Ducks Whip Wolf Pack In Final Non-Conference Tilt

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The Oregon Ducks defensively were outstanding as they knocked off the Nevada Wolf Pack 56-43, at Matthew Knight arena. The Ducks have been working on defensive communication, improving defensive rotations, and it showed in their final game of 2012. Oregon also spent the final practices of 2012 working on limiting turnovers and improving ball movement in its inconsistent offensive execution. The match …

Missed Opportunities Plague Ducks in Triple-Overtime Defeat

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EL PASO — The Ducks battled back to take the lead in the second half of their game at UTEP Wednesday night, but failed to get key defensive stops down the stretch and missed chance after chance at the free throw line at the end of regulation and in overtime, in dropping a winnable game on the road Wednesday night, …

Ducks vs. Nebraska: This Set Basketball Back a Few Years

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“This set basketball back a few years.“ That’s how Coach Dana Altman described Oregon’s 60-38 thumping of Nebraska Saturday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena.  He was speaking mainly about the dismal outside shooting for both teams. The big win that improved Oregon’s record to 9-1, over a Big-10 team with a winning record, one that could possibly propel the Ducks …