Business Remains Unfinished for Lady Ducks

Alex Nordstrand Editorials 18 Comments

Perhaps the team with the most disappointment and sense of “what could have been,” the 2019-2020 Oregon Women’s Basketball team will always wonder if they would have been able to complete their unfinished business. All the pieces were in place, as this was their year. Plain and simple. It is a tragedy that this team and these players did not …

Who Made Your Fantasy Ducks Men’s Basketball Team?

Jordan Ingram Editorials 29 Comments

Alright Ducks fans. It’s a bummer out there. Almost everywhere you look, there is no sports coverage. Nada. Zippo. Diddly squat. So, what are you going to do? Well, I got two words for you: Buck up. When the real world fails you, it’s time to retreat into the pleasures and delights of Fantasyland. After a day of perusing Twitter, …

Thank you Sabrina, Thank you Payton

Garrett Sharp-Craig Editorials 12 Comments

After winning the Pac-12 Championship in both Women’s and Men’s College Basketball, it looked as if both Ducks teams were primed for long March Madness runs. Then the sports world stopped. On March 11th, 2020, after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz was diagnosed with COVID-19, the NBA announced they were suspending the season. Although the news was shocking to …

Oregon Basketball’s West Coast Dominance

Alex Nordstrand Editorials 13 Comments

Both the Oregon Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams had big weekends, as the Lady Ducks won the Women’s Pac-12 Tournament, and the men clinched the regular season title. Oregon becomes the first Pac-12 school to have a three-peat: football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball all won Pac-12 regular season championships. The women became champions in Las Vegas in typical fashion. …

What Makes Dana Altman’s Defense so Successful?

Alex Nordstrand Analysis 13 Comments

Dana Altman is known for his spread offense and his match-up zone defense. While the offense gets adjusted every year to fit personnel, the defense has remained the same and is a key to Oregon’s success. Altman’s zone defense is different than most generic 2-3 zone defenses that teams face. It uses a lot of man-to-man principles to cover holes and …

Oregon Women’s Basketball Honors Seniors

Alex Nordstrand Editorials 17 Comments

This past weekend the Oregon women’s basketball team played their last two regular season home gamesand took the opportunity to celebrate seniors Minyon Moore, Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard along with departing junior Satou Sabally. While also clinching the Pac-12 regular season title, it was a true celebration. Not only for the team, but the two sell-out crowds who were …

Oregon Basketball’s Roller Coaster Weekend

Alex Nordstrand Editorials 24 Comments

For the Oregon Women’s Basketball team, this past weekend was a monumental final road trip of the season to the Bay Area. The Ducks turned in two more dominating performances against Cal and No. 4 Stanford to reach 14 straight victories, saw an NCAA record set and learned about the future of the roster. It was a very emotional few …

Which Duck Team Does it Best: Football or Men’s Basketball?

Garrett Sharp-Craig Editorials 31 Comments

After a remarkable 12-2 season that ended with wins in the Rose Bowl and the Pac-12 Championship, the Oregon Ducks football team proved once and for all that they are back. Unlike, the football program, Oregon men’s basketball is in the midst of one of their best eras in school history. They have won at least a share of the …

Oregon Hoops Hit Stride During Final Stretch

Alex Nordstrand Editorials 42 Comments

The Oregon men’s basketball team got back on track this past weekend, as they swept Colorado and Utah at home to take sole possession of first place in the Pac-12. The first half against Colorado looked much the same as we had seen over their last road trip; lethargic, not making shots and giving up way too many easy points. …

Oregon Basketball Heading In Opposite Directions

Alex Nordstrand Editorials 37 Comments

Oregon Men Lost On Offense The Oregon Men’s Basketball team is at the crossroads of their season. The Ducks have lost two straight conference games in which they have had over eight minute field goal droughts in the second half after gaining a double digit lead. This has been a different season than what we have become accustomed to under …

Oregon Basketball: Breaking Down The Pick And Roll

Alex Nordstrand Analysis 25 Comments

The pick-and-roll is one of the most frequently utilized offensive plays in all of basketball. In order to generate good shots out of the pick-and-roll, a team needs to execute three elements–adequate floor spacing, good screens, and adept ball-handling–and it needs to do so aggressively. While the men’s basketball team consistently struggles with their pick-and-rolls, often not even leading to …

Oregon Basketball Battling For Position

Alex Nordstrand Editorials 27 Comments

Oregon Men Continue To Struggle On The Road The Oregon men’s basketball team had a disappointing trip to the Bay Area this past weekend. After beating Cal on Thursday 77-72, they dropped there next game against Stanford 60-70. In the loss to Stanford, the Ducks suffered through a nearly ten minute field goal drought in the second half. During that …