Oregon Women’s Basketball Playing Like Nation’s Best. Oregon Men … Playing

Bob Rickert Editorials 12 Comments

Oregon’s women’s team continued its great season on Friday against Oregon State in front of a sold-out crowd. (The men? Not so much.) Sabrina Ionescu is playing like the National Player of the Year. The pick and roll with Ruthy Hebard has become devastating. Teams have to pick their poison with those two and a waiting Satou Sabally and Erin Boley …

Oregon Ducks: Entitlement Is a Four-Letter Word, Stifling Success!

Steven Smith Editorials 154 Comments

We live in an “Entitlement Era.” There are clear reasons why Oregon’s football team is mediocre and its basketball team is under-performing. A MAJOR reason why they are not the best that they could be is a profligate persistent problem of throwing $$$ at athletics to achieve championships. Thanks, Uncle Phil, and other big donors, for the lavish contributions. How is that working …

Oregon Women Nation’s Best? Men Stay Alive for NCAA Berth

Bob Rickert Editorials 28 Comments

First the Oregon women. Wow, I didn’t see that coming! Oregon just destroyed Stanford, busting the three-decade losing streak at Maples Pavilion to pieces. Let’s talk about why they’re so dangerous right now. It’s not just Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard; Satou Sabally and Erin Boley are starting to play like All-Americans. Does Boley ever miss when she gets her feet …

Oregon’s Ready (And Not Ready) for Prime Time Players

Bob Rickert Editorials 12 Comments

The Oregon women’s team is playing more and more like they’re ready for a title run. They were a number-one seed as of the January 28th Bracketology. Now at 21-1, they did nothing to change that last weekend. Along with their great talent, the Ducks play team defense, share the ball, everyone rebounds, and they do all the little things. …

A Tale of Two Oregon Basketball Teams

Bob Rickert Editorials 16 Comments

Both Oregon men’s basketball teams played this weekend. On Thursday against Arizona, you saw the one with heart that ran down every missed shot and made the extra passes to create easy shots. That team won. On Saturday, the team full of “athletes” couldn’t shoot the ball into a swimming pool. Horrific shooting — again — 26% in the second …

Basketball Stuck In Rim

Why Can’t Freshmen Shoot in College Basketball?

Bob Rickert Editorials 13 Comments

Oregon is a bad shooting basketball team for a reason: they’re young. Troy Brown was a good college basketball player, but he isn’t a very good shooter. When Dillon Brooks, Malik Hairston, VJ Bailey and virtually every other highly touted recruit arrived in Eugene, they weren’t very good shooters. Here’s why. Simply put, most of them have never had to shoot …

Oregon Is (Well maybe, was) an NCAA Tournament Team.

Bob Rickert Editorials 21 Comments

A broken-down Oregon team left Boise last week, with its NCAA hopes improved after a 62-50 win over the Broncos. With Bol Bol, Kenny Wooten, and Abu Kigab out, and Louis King just getting back into shape, the Ducks gave themselves a shot of optimism as conference play begins. Then everything changed. Kigab stated he’s transferring this week, and now …

Snakebitten Men’s Basketball, Recruiting and Women’s Hoops

Bob Rickert Editorials 12 Comments

First Louis King was out, then Bol Bol, then Abu Kigab. Now, word comes that Kenny Wooten broke his jaw in the Baylor disaster. Oregon may have only three substitutes when they face Boise State, and there’s still a minute limit for King. Yikes. Word is Wooten may be out a month. A week after deciding not to redshirt, Miles …

Oregon Basketball With and Without Bol Bol

Bob Rickert Editorials 16 Comments

Oregon’s offense never felt more vulnerable than the moment we learned Bol Bol hurt his foot against San Diego. And it never looked more vulnerable than in the first half against Boise State. Bol’s foot is in a walking boot and will be evaluated later this week. Say a prayer. Cross your fingers. Burn some incense. Do whatever you need …

Appreciating the Art of Louis King’s Game

Bob Rickert Editorials 11 Comments

Louis King’s game is unique. His physical presence changes the opponent’s offense, and his ability to score in multiple ways creates big match-up problems for coaches. The more you watch him play, the more you see his game has an abstract feeling to it. It’s more Jackson Pollack than Renoir, more Mondrian than Georgia O’Keeffe. That’s the best way I …

Oregon Basketball at a Turning Point. Bring on the “Richardson Solution.”

Bob Rickert Editorials 19 Comments

The Ducks, led in the wrong direction by Paul White, still look like they don’t even know their own offense. Very little movement, terrible offensive decision making, and four guys standing around wondering who else is going to go one-on-one. But if Coach Dana Altman saw what others did, Oregon could be fine. Will Richardson grew up against Houston, and …