Future Without Joseph Young Will Hurt, but Duck Basketball Set for the Long Run

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During the 2014-15 Oregon Duck men’s basketball, Joseph Young was the acknowledged leader of the team. He was handed a Duck team with three returning contributors, and in the Pac-12 Preseason Poll Oregon was predicted to finish eighth. He knew he’d be double-teamed all season long and that there was no true point guard for the team, he had to change positions on the fly. …

The Oregon Ducks: A Cinderella Story

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I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t think the men’s basketball team had a chance of doing well this season. With the loss of three great players and the team being dominated by young freshmen, the odds were certainly stacked against the Ducks. Without Dana Altman, the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, the success the Ducks had this year would probably not …

Ducks Dancing as No. 8

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The Ducks will be dancing in Omaha, and Oregon fans will get a chance to see their team participate in the NCAA tournament for the third year straight. Aside from making school history by earning a third straight bid to the madness that ensues in March, the Ducks will be heading into their regional bracket seeded No. 8. The bracket this year is looking oddly …

Ducks Could Stay Local for NCAA Tournament

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Lots can change quickly in college basketball, but with the Ducks’ latest win streak, they have a legitimate shot to play their first NCAA Tournament game in Portland — a de-facto home game for Oregon. In the his latest Bracketology, Joe Lunardi actually projects the Ducks to play in Seattle as a No. 10 seed vs No. 7 Michigan State (a …

Oregon is Not Just a Football School

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Yes, Oregon is known as a football school: the longest string of double-digit winning seasons in I-A, a logo everybody recognizes, incredible facilities …and in our corner as a major donor we even have Nike CEO Phil Knight, more commonly known around campus as “Uncle Phil.” When it comes to athletics, the toughest thing for major universities across the country …

Theo Friedman — Freshman Walk-On — A Guard’s Guard

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Relentless persistence and determination are qualities that set great athletes apart from the simply good.  These qualities are also critically important to an athlete that isn’t offered a scholarship.  No scholarship means a player is not guaranteed a spot on the team, but rather just a chance to try out for a “walk-on” position, and on their own dime at …

Duckling Profile: There’s No “I” in Carter

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Many athletes and sports fanatics have heard the phrase, “There is no ‘I’ in team.” For Ben Carter, he not only embodies this idea, but also practices it.  He makes himself available to play many positions on the court, not just one.  That versatility is evident in that he is more than capable of defending a power forward, while also …

Duckling Profile: For Damyean Dotson, Age is Just a Number

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Many viewers and even coaches like to talk about “age” as a big factor.  Competing at the high school level differs enormously compared to a Division I college level.  But for some, like Damyean Dotson, age is nothing but a number.  Only in his sophomore season at Oregon, Dotson has come off of an impressive freshmen year and is continuing that …

Duckling Profile: Check Out These Dominic Arti-stats

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Basketball: a sport that many a casual fan judges merely by points scored.  Points, however, ultimately have little to do with final outcomes.  As we know, teams can score 90 points and lose, then score 65 and win.  This is a complex game where, as in many sports, many interdependent movements determine success.  The points scored result from, not in spite …

Duckling Profile: Arik Armstead – A Force on the Field and on the Floor

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Not every high school athlete makes it in college sports, especially at the D-1 level.  Success at this level requires diligence, athleticism and commitment much greater than even the most demanding high school programs.  It’s a rare athlete who can star at even one college sport, but Arik Armstead has his eyes set on two. Armstead, a 2012 graduate of …