Smallest Mistakes Have the Biggest Impact

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TUSCON, AZ.- The Oregon Ducks jolted out of the snow in Eugene just in time, as they took on Arizona Thursday night.  The Arizona Wildcats proved that they were beatable, as they lost their first game of the year earlier in the week to the Cal Golden Bears, and the Ducks saw this as an opportunity to strike while Arizona …

Phil Knight a Lucky Charm? Ducks Get the W

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  EUGENE, Ore. – The Ducks took on the USC Trojans Saturday night, desperately looking for a win.  With Phil Knight in attendance — and enjoying being the honoree on “Appreciation Knight” with his Duck family – Oregon HAD to come out and put up or shut up.  That’s exactly what they did – put up, that is — as the Ducks came out …

Just a Rebound Away From Potentially Making it a Great Day

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EUGENE, OR.- After such a dominant win against Washington State last weekend, the Ducks were looking to carry over that momentum into Thursday night’s game against the legendary UCLA Bruins.  Last year, Oregon ended up beating UCLA in the PAC-12 Championship game, which gave the Ducks a birth into the NCAA tournament.  By UCLA’s effort last night and SportCenter Top …

Calliste Leads Ducks Away From the Abyss

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For a team in disarray on offense and playing matador defense during the last 5 games — all losses — Jason Calliste, the 6-2 senior guard from the Detroit area, said “Enough!” by dumping 20 on the Cougs, on 8-10 shooting (4-of-6 from behind the arc), to lead a 71-44 Duck victory.  Had the Ducks lost to last place Wazzu, the season would …

Oregon’s Conference and Post-Season Update: A World Turned Inside Out

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The woes on the hardwood continued for Oregon this past Sunday, as they dropped their fourth straight conference game to Oregon State.  After mirroring the best start in school history with 13 consecutive victories, what looked to be a promising season has quickly turned into a nightmare of disarray for the Ducks. Coming into Sunday’s game, an improvement on the defensive …

Those Damn Beavers!

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CORVALLIS, OR – The Ducks haven’t been playing their best basketball as of late, and they continued their struggles against their next door neighbor and Civil War foe, the Beavers, on Sunday afternoon.  Oregon is the third-highest scoring squad in the nation, averaging 88.4 ppg, but tonight, their biggest strength was their biggest weakness. Both teams looked like they were ready …

Ducks Snatch Victory From the Jaws of a Cougar

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The 13th-ranked Oregon Ducks defeated an upset-minded BYU team, 100-96 in OT, to improve to 11-0 on the season. In a matchup of two of the top offensive teams in the nation, many had expected the kind of fireworks the two teams provided in the overtime thriller. And once again when the outcome seemed in doubt, is was Altman’s team making the plays when it mattered most as the …

Duckling Profile: Jason Calliste. . .Sudden Impact

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Craig Strobeck The Oregon Ducks are riding high following a 28 point win against UC Irvine and advancing their record to 10-0.  Three games away from the start of conference play, Oregon and Arizona are the only Pac-12 teams still undefeated.  How have they been so successful to start the season following the loss of three strong seniors from last …

Ducks Rolling on the Road to the Big Dance

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Kevin Cline With football coming to an end and basketball in full swing, Duck fans couldn’t be more excited for our 9-0 men’s basketball team, which is rolling down the road toward the Big Dance like an empty 18-wheeler with a tail wind.  Last year the Ducks won the PAC-12 Conference Tournament and took down UCLA twice and Arizona once, but received only a No. 12 seed in the …

The Year of the Transfers — A Critical Test Sunday

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Craig Strobeck I don’t know how he does it, but Dana Altman has done it again.  After losing three of five starters to graduation, this pragmatic coach has somehow found a way to piece together a team.  A team which is off to one of the best starts in Oregon basketball history.  The Ducks have set a torrid pace, winning …

Ducks Outrun Mustangs, Remain Undefeated

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Kevin Cline The 14th-ranked Oregon basketball team defeated the overmatched Cal-Poly squad, 82-61 on Sunday evening before an announced home crowd of 5,580.  The Ducks were able to jump out to an early double-digit lead against the Mustangs behind a lights out performance in the opening minutes from eventual game MVP Johnathan Loyd, and a sharp shooting effort by sophomore Damyean Dotson. Loyd, the senior point … Continue reading

The Hunger Games: Oregon Transfers Play to Win

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Steve Francis When it comes to college basketball, most fans focus on star power and the celebrity of a team.  Several NBA franchises are even suspected of “tanking” their seasons to increase their chances of drafting incoming stars who have only played a small handful of college-level games.  Every year, sports analysts and wannabe sports analysts (ahem, my friends) gather around the television set or radio to … Continue reading