Looking Back at Oregon’s Best Basketball Season in 78 Years

Bob Rickert Editorials 6 Comments

We all remember the losses and as coach Dana Altman said, ‘This one’s going to hurt for awhile.’ But there’s so much to be proud of this team for, and so much to look ahead to. The pre-season Oregon started the season with Chris Boucher on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Injuries hit them early, and they played without Dillon …

Oregon’s Final Four Loss to North Carolina in a Nutshell

Bob Rickert Analysis 10 Comments

Oregon didn’t lose to North Carolina because they didn’t block out at the end. They didn’t lose because they didn’t have Chris Boucher. Oregon lost because Oregon didn’t play as smart as they normally do. Bad shots and more bad shots Carolina goaded them into shooting not just 3’s, but deep 3’s. Very deep 3’s. Look at this shot chart. …

Your Viewing Guide to Oregon vs North Carolina

Bob Rickert Editorials 5 Comments

With so many physical disadvantages, Oregon’s chances to beat North Carolina come down to a few things. Do Oregon’s guards rebound? Does the team play its tempo? And do the players take it to the basket when they can, draw fouls or hit open shooters? Then, do they knock down those shots? Matchups and Mismatches Mean Everything The Tar Heels have …

78 Years Apart, Oregon’s Two Final Four Trips Are Very Similar

Bob Rickert Editorials 2 Comments

A lot will be written about the Tall Firs of 1939 this week. Years ago, I interviewed guard John Dick who started on that squad. Dick, who grew up in The Dalles, went on to become an Admiral in the Navy and later retired in Eugene, where he lived until his death in 2011. Oregon’s ride back to the Final …

Oregon Gets to the Final Four With a Hot Hand, Heart and Geometry

Bob Rickert Editorials 8 Comments

The Ducks beat Kansas Saturday with defense and because they rebounded. There’s so much to love about that win, and as coach Dana Altman pointed out, a few things to work on as they get ready for North Carolina in the Final Four. The Hot Hand Tyler Dorsey’s great first half gave the Ducks a cushion, momentum and belief that they …

Clark Kellogg: “I’m going to simplify it for you – the BEST TEAM WON!”

Charles Fischer Editorials 4 Comments

Is that one of most improbable, surprising and stunning men’s basketball games in your memory? It should be, because by defeating one of the blue-bloods of college basketball in Kansas, (74-60) our beloved Ducks will play in the Final Four next Saturday for the first time in the modern era. I am still stunned, because even as a devoted Ducks …

Ducks Basketball National Championship Run Hinges on BALANCE

Brent Pennington Editorials 2 Comments

A Ducks run at the NCAA men’s basketball national championship lies ahead. How the team performs and its final place in the tournament will be destined by its overall balance. Depth and balance have been the defining characteristics of the 2016-2017 team throughout the regular season and so far in the tournament. Balance is a key to how deep the …

The Altman Era – Looking Ahead

Bob Rickert Editorials 16 Comments

Yes, Oregon is playing Michigan for a spot in the Elite 8. But for a couple moments let’s look at the trajectory of Oregon’s program under Dana Altman. Altman is on his way to being a Hall-of-Fame coach. One Final Four or one national title and he’s almost assured of it. At the pace he’s on, if he coaches another …

Can the Michigan Wolverines Deal With Dorsey?

Bob Rickert Editorials 6 Comments

We took a peek at Michigan a week ago when the brackets were announced. But it looked like the Ducks would face Louisville so we focused on the Cardinals. March Madness strikes again. Here’s an in-depth look at the Wolverines: Overall Oregon needs to hit shots and if so, they should win this game. I don’t just mean 3’s or …

NCAA Tournament: ‘Sleeping Ducks’ Ready To Fly South

Danny Harris Editorials 2 Comments

With March Madness (my favorite three weeks of the year) underway, I am sure that we all feel a little lump of uncertainty in our stomachs because of how our beloved Ducks have sort of stumbled into the field of 68. Certainly we were all disappointed to see them get a 3-seed and be placed in the Midwest Region, where …

Dana Altman’s In-Game Coaching makes him a Future Hall-of-Famer

Bob Rickert Editorials 7 Comments

Dana Altman is now approaching 600 wins in Division 1 basketball, and that’s more than all but 40 coaches in the history of the game. His status is rising quickly as he has stacked seven 20 win seasons at Oregon on top of the longest home court winning streak, back to back conference titles, Sweet 16’s and an Elite 8 …

Ducks Basketball Endgame: Which Team Shows Up?

Brent Pennington Editorials 1 Comment

The 2016-2017 men’s basketball season has been a remarkable run. One for the ages and one to remember, indeed. But will the Ducks finish strong and as the best they can be, or will they hit the wall, unable to put the finishing touches on the season? Will they re-write more of the record books and finish as champions — of …