2020 Oregon Sports: The Year That Could Have Been

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Recently I was chewing the fat with a friend of mine up here in Spokane. He was rambling on and on about how this was the year that the Gonzaga Men’s Basketball team was going to win it all; all the pieces were in place, this was it!   As an Oregon fan, I found it hard to conjure up …

Payton Pritchard: NBA Journeyman or Future Star?

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Last offseason, Payton Pritchard postponed his NBA career to come back and play one more season for the Ducks. Four-year seniors are hard to come by nowadays in college basketball, especially ones that start all four years at one school. It is safe to say that Pritchard has earned himself the honor of being an all time Duck, for any sport. …

Altman’s Ducks Just Getting Started

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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 …

Oregon Men’s Basketball is in Trouble

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With 21 wins, the Oregon Men’s Basketball team has essentially punched its ticket in to the NCAA tournament, and the Ducks might even have the best player in the country in Payton Pritchard. Despite these positives, the Ducks have a massive problem: they cannot put teams away. The Ducks have consistently played to the level of their opponents this season, …

Ducks Whip Wisconsin to Advance in NCAA Tournament

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“Offense is more fun, but defense gets the job done” would be a fitting new motto for the Oregon Ducks basketball team. This was a battle of two teams who play stingy defense. If you’re a fan of fast-paced, high-scoring basketball then hopefully you looked away from your television screen during the first half on Friday afternoon. But in the …

A Tale of Two Oregon Basketball Teams

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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 …

Oregon Basketball With and Without Bol Bol

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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

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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 …

High Expectations for Duck Basketball: Paul White May Be the KEY

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Oregon’s rebuilt roster has some fans so excited you’d think the Ducks were favored to win the NBA title. Let’s just see if they can win the Pac-12 first, okay? Five returning players – Paul White, Payton Pritchard, Kenny Wooten, Abu Kigab, and VJ Bailey – will mesh together with that vaunted third-ranked recruiting class. So, why is White a key to this …