Oregon Men’s Basketball: What Could Have Been?

Alex Nordstrand Editorials 11 Comments

The Oregon Ducks Men’s Basketball team was just starting to hit their stride. As winners of six of their last seven games, including four straight to end the regular season as PAC-12 champions, the Ducks were poised to make a tournament run. As the number one seed in the PAC-12 tournament, the Ducks were set to take on rival Oregon …

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. …

Altman’s Ducks Just Getting Started

Jordan Ingram Editorials 23 Comments

Following the Ducks’ 80-67 victory over Stanford on Saturday night at Matthew Knight Arena, the Oregon men’s basketball team has lived up to preseason hype once again. For the third time in five years, Oregon head coach Dana Altman has cobbled together a winning squad to claim the outright Pac-12 regular-season title. But it didn’t come easy. At times throughout …

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 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 …

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 …

Oregon Basketball on Top of the Pac

Alex Nordstrand Editorials 21 Comments

Lady Ducks Own The State The Oregon women’s basketball team completed a crucial sweep of then-No. 7 Oregon State this past weekend, and in dominant fashion. The Lady Ducks first won on Friday in Eugene, 76-64, controlling the game from the tip. After a hot shooting first half, the Ducks led 46-29 at halftime and never relinquished the lead, despite …

Oregon Basketball Squads Building Momentum

Alex Nordstrand Editorials 17 Comments

The Oregon Ducks men’s basketball team had a roller coaster weekend in Washington state on their latest road trip. After falling to Washington State on Thursday with an uninspired effort, the Ducks bounced back in a big way with a win over the talented Washington Huskies in Seattle. Frankly, it was a game that the Ducks absolutely needed to win, …