The “Dog” Days of Oregon Basketball

Darren Perkins Editorials 24 Comments

After losing so many key players from last year’s Final Four team, I entered this season with tempered expectations. And after a couple games into the PK80 (Phil Knight Invitational), it was apparent that this team didn’t have ”it.”  So, I kicked back and resigned myself to the idea that this was a rebuilding year. That the goal of this season was to develop talent—develop role players—who would complement the …

Payton Pritchard Shoots to Lead Ducks Basketball

Bob Rickert Editorials 2 Comments

Never has there been a sport where a team’s future can change so quickly year after year after year. Just 12 months ago, the addition of Payton Pritchard seemed like a great get for Coach Dana Altman and his Oregon staff. After all, they had Dylan Ennis, Casey Benson, and Tyler Dorsey, who could all play the point. And even …

Keith Smith’s Star Ignites for Oregon Basketball Next Year

Bob Rickert Editorials 3 Comments

With at least five key players gone from this year’s team, the Ducks will reload with a bunch of highly touted freshmen and transfers and one ‘Glue Guy’ who may emerge as a star. Keith Smith, the guy who scored the final two points of Oregon’s 2017 season will likely have a huge impact on next year. Smith showed up …

Secret Ingredients: What Made the Oregon Basketball Team Special

Danny Harris Editorials 11 Comments

While the Oregon men’s basketball team fell just short of the pinnacle of college basketball this year, there is still a lot to be said of what this destined group did. I seemed to be the only person I knew who had them winning it all in my bracket, and I thought for sure that they would shock the world (and I would …

Dorsey Declares for Draft, Searches for Agent. What’s Next for Oregon Basketball?

Bob Rickert Editorials 15 Comments

Just as it did last year, the next few months will determine a lot about how far Oregon’s roster can take the Duck basketball team in 2017-18. Here’s a guide to what we know, rumors we’ve heard and what’s likely to happen. What We Know The departures of Chris Boucher and Dylan Ennis will open up two scholarships. Three more …

Oregon Ducks Basketball Even Better Next Year? Maybe.

Bob Rickert Editorials 14 Comments

Processing what just happened in Arizona may take a little while, but Oregon’s coaches are undoubtedly ready to turn the page and get on with continuing to build the program. With a little luck like they had last year, the 2017-18 Ducks could have even more depth, experience and talent. It’s incredible but true. We’ll take the stance that everyone …

Oregon’s Final Four Loss to North Carolina in a Nutshell

Bob Rickert Analysis 10 Comments

Oregon didn’t lose to North Carolina because they didn’t block out at the end. They didn’t lose because they didn’t have Chris Boucher. Oregon lost because Oregon didn’t play as smart as they normally do. Bad shots and more bad shots Carolina goaded them into shooting not just 3’s, but deep 3’s. Very deep 3’s. Look at this shot chart. …

A Ducks Fan Perspective: Final Four Game a Cruel April Fool’s Ruse…

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The Basketball gods had way-too-much fun messing with Oregon fans on April Fools Day. Crush our hopes with the injury to Chris Boucher, and then surprise us with an impressive win over one of college basketball’s blue-bloods in Kansas? So many of us truly did not know what to expect in this game, as there were so many areas that …

Final Four Keys To Victory for Oregon

Danny Harris Editorials 4 Comments

Here we are, Duck fans. This is the stage on which we have all dreamed for years to see our beloved Ducks (78 years for those of you who have been around that long). With four games down and four teams left, here are four keys to Oregon taking home that National Championship trophy. 1.  Balanced Scoring Effort While Tyler Dorsey …

Oregon Basketball Recruiting: Duck Signee Abu Kigab a Final Four Puzzle Piece for 2018?

Norm Hightower Recruiting 8 Comments

The Oregon Ducks are going to the Final Four. They haven’t been this close to a national championship since winning it all in 1939. This is a monumental accomplishment for head coach Dana Altman, who has brought consistency and pride to Eugene. The Ducks have won two consecutive Pac-12 championships and are in the NCAA tournament for the fifth season …

78 Years Apart, Oregon’s Two Final Four Trips Are Very Similar

Bob Rickert Editorials 2 Comments

A lot will be written about the Tall Firs of 1939 this week. Years ago, I interviewed guard John Dick who started on that squad. Dick, who grew up in The Dalles, went on to become an Admiral in the Navy and later retired in Eugene, where he lived until his death in 2011. Oregon’s ride back to the Final …

Oregon Gets to the Final Four With a Hot Hand, Heart and Geometry

Bob Rickert Editorials 8 Comments

The Ducks beat Kansas Saturday with defense and because they rebounded. There’s so much to love about that win, and as coach Dana Altman pointed out, a few things to work on as they get ready for North Carolina in the Final Four. The Hot Hand Tyler Dorsey’s great first half gave the Ducks a cushion, momentum and belief that they …