Insane Win, Insane Video and Insane Bill Walton Quotes

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Oregon’s win over the Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12 Tournament (95-89) brought together a collection of extremes as examples of the human experience. We saw dazzling heights (offensive explosion before halftime), unknown skills summoned from within (unbelievable defense in the first half), boneheaded thinking and choking (end of regulation) – all during which the fan got verbally slapped around by the insanity that is Bill …

Bill Walton: “A Staggering Win”

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I cannot believe what I just saw from our beloved Ducks! They beat Arizona by eight (83-75) in Tucson in front of 14,000 screaming Wildcat fans, when the last 49 teams coming to McKale Center could not! I’m shaking my head and mumbling gibberish and would have yelled and exulted at the incredible victory — were I not so stunned. This is …

The Pac-12 as Never Before?

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All right….you know I cannot stay away from a keyboard too long, as Mr. FishDuck has to share what is rattling around in his head. This break I’ve been taking has been wonderful due to the absence of frustration that comes with managing a website. Yet I never figured when I started FishDuck.com at age 55 — that I would …

Ducks Face Tough Test at Boise Saturday

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Just looking at their current win-loss records, one would think the  No. 24-ranked Oregon Ducks (7-1) should not have too big a problem taking on the unranked Boise State Broncos (6-4) Saturday in Boise (5 p.m. on CBS Sports Network). Taking a closer look, one sees that three of the Broncos’ losses came at the hands of No. 1 Michigan State and …

Ducks Have New Rules and New Faces

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There were 6.4 seconds left in the Ducks season, and a berth in the NCAA tournament hung in the balance. It was the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament and defending champion Oregon had put its season in the hands of senior Joseph Young. Dribbling the length of the court, Young pulled the trigger from beyond NBA range and netted a game-winning basket …

Rule Changes and Recruitment Will Help Move Oregon into Basketball’s Elite

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After the 2013-2014 basketball season, everything was looking rosy for Dana Altman and Oregon basketball. They just finished a season which saw them win the Pac-12 tournament and the team had a strong showing in the NCAA tournament, narrowly losing to an eventual Final Four team, Wisconsin Badgers, in the round of 32. With a plethora of young and talented players returning, the Ducks were …

Dylan Ennis Provides Short and Long-Term Returns

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With so much focus on spring football, I thought I would touch on another significant development in Oregon athletics: the transfer of graduate student — and former Villanova starting point guard – Dylan Ennis to the Ducks. Ennis’ immediate impact is obvious. Oregon is unproven at point guard going into next season. The Ducks got by last year because they had …

Recruiting Update: Altman Picks Romar’s Pocket

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Football Recruiting Offers/Visits Taking a page from men’s basketball coach Dana Altman, linebackers headman Erik Chinander is looking north of the border to add to Eugene’s football wealth. Following a weekend visit, tabbed athlete Chase Claypool (NR/Abbotsford, BC) received a nod from Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green. “Oregon was pretty much the dream offer I wanted,” said Claypool. “I did a …

Recruiting Update: Canandian Connection at Work Again in Eugene

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Recruiting Visits Incoming senior quarterback Vernon Adams may not be the last transfer to sign with Oregon for the upcoming campaign. Matt Hegarty (South Bend, IN), former center and guard for Notre Dame, was in and around Autzen Stadium this past weekend, and is thought to be interested in joining Steve Greatwood’s rotation. A former four-star recruit out of the …

Why the NBA Should Support “Two,Three and Degree” Over “One and Done”

Tyler Timm FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

Another college basketball season has come and gone, and faithful fans have watched and witnessed another March Madness that lived up to all the hype. Now we have entered the time of year when the players who were so devoutly followed will decide whether to pursue their lifelong dream of playing in the NBA – or return to college for another …

NBA Draft Profile: Joseph Young

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Oregon basketball enjoyed an electrifying season, one that it was never supposed to enjoy at all. After returning only three rotation players, the Ducks were expected to finish eighth in the Pac-12, all but certain to miss the NCAA tournament. Joseph Young saw to it that the Ducks proved all their doubters wrong.  Young led the Ducks to the Pac-12 …

To Build a Better Program: Start at Home

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It is the day before the National Championship for college basketball, and for the third year in a row, the opponent that knocked the Ducks out of the dance has gone on to the final four (2013/Louisville, 2014-15 Wisconsin). This fun little statistic is a perfect microcosm for Oregon’s basketball program, flirting with greatness but coming up short. Coach Dana Altman …