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Big Dance hopes on the line for Oregon vs. USC in Pac-12 semifinal game

Big Dance hopes on the line for Oregon vs. USC in Pac-12 semifinal game

Pac-12 Semifinal: #6 Oregon (22-11, 10-8) vs. #2 USC (25-7, 12-6)

It’s been a dramatic journey for Oregon to reach the Pac-12 tournament semifinal game.

The Ducks trailed by as many as 11 points to Utah in the second half of the quarterfinal game, but a late rally and some last-minute heroics from MiKyle McIntosh and a game saving block from Kenny Wooten sealed the 68-66 victory over No.3 seed Utah

Oregon will face No. 2 seed USC at 8:30 p.m., Friday night. USC has topped Oregon in close victories in the schools’ two meetings so far this season.

On Jan. 18, the Trojans beat Oregon, 75-70, in Eugene and then earned a 72-70 victory over the Ducks at the Galen Center on Feb. 15.

USC’s Jordan McLaughlin has been a handful for Oregon this season. He had a near triple-double in the first meeting with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. In the second game, he had a double-double with 11 points and 11 assists.

USC had a first game bye and then held Oregon State to 31 percent shooting in a 61-48 victory to reach the semifinal game. Chimezie Metu had 22 points and 11 rebounds and two blocks in the Trojans victory over the Beavers.

Oregon has played eight straight games that have been decided by single digits, including three that went to overtime.  

Will the comeback Ducks strike again? Oregon is in a position where they likely need to win the Pac-12 Tournament to get to the NCAA Tournament.

The Trojans have the resume of a bubble team, another win would be a significant boost to their tournament resume.

Helfrich hired as Chicago Bears offensive coordinator


Helfrich hired as Chicago Bears offensive coordinator

Former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich is headed to the NFL. The Chicago Bears have hired Helfrich to be offensive coordinator, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. 

Helfrich will be coaching two of his former Oregon players, offensive linemen Kyle Long and Hroniss Grasu. 

"Beyond excited and thrilled to be working with Coach Helf again," said Grasu. "Love the guy and his family. We are very fortunate to have him."

Helfrich was the offensive coordinator of the Ducks from 2009-2012 and moved into the head coaching spot after Chip Kelly left for the Eagles. He won 33 games in his first three seasons and went to a national title game before being fired after going 4-8 during the 2016 season.

It was rumored that Kelly offered the UCLA offensive coordinator job to Helfrich. 

Former Oregon head coaches reunited? Chip Kelly has reportedly offered Mark Helfrich UCLA's OC job

Former Oregon head coaches reunited? Chip Kelly has reportedly offered Mark Helfrich UCLA's OC job

Former Oregon head coach and current Fox Sports college football analyst, Mark Helfrich, has been linked to multiple open coaching positions according to reports, including an offer by Chip Kelly to be UCLA's offensive coordinator.

FootballScoop is reporting that Chip Kelly has offered UCLA's offensive coordinator role to Mark Helfrich. Two former Oregon coaches in blue and gold?

Also, after Arizona fired its head coach Rich Rodriguez, Helfrich's name was linked to the now open Wildcat job.

Last but not least, he is also rumored to be an addition to the staff at Texas.

Last year, Helfrich was fired from Oregon after a 4-8 season. Oregon is still paying Helfrich's buyout for another two years. The Ducks owe 3.5 million for 2018 and 3.85 million for 2018, adding up to a total of $7.35 million.  Will update this story as more develops. 

Hope you like plaid! Trail Blazers release "City Edition" uniforms

Hope you like plaid! Trail Blazers release "City Edition" uniforms

The Trail Blazers’ “City Edition” uniform option has been officially released. 


The new Nike "City" uniform will debut versus the Chicago Bulls in Moda Center on Jan. 31.

A black and grey plaid pattern is featured across both the jersey and shorts (a tribute to former Trail Blazers head coach Dr. Jack Ramsey, who often wore loud plaid patterns). The Blazers fourth uniform option also includes the Portland flag and “Rip City” wordmark. 

Select Oregon and Oregon State football game times released

Select Oregon and Oregon State football game times released

College football is near!

The early-season Pac-12 schedule has been released. Check out the times for Oregon Football's non-conference games:

Here is Oregon State's first four games: 

More kickoff times will be announced closer to each game.

Oregon junior Dillon Brooks declares for the NBA draft

Oregon junior Dillon Brooks declares for the NBA draft

Dillon Brooks announced Wednesday that he has hired an agent and plans to enter the NBA Draft.

The junior forward announced the decision on his Instagram with a link to his website:

"I've done so much here and everything has been great. I wouldn't be here right now without coaching staff, believing in me," Brooks said in the video. "I was not highly recruited and they believed in me from the jump. I just feel like now I'm going to take my talents to the next level and enter in the draft.

Brooks was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year after averaging 16.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists this season.

Not to be overlooked on a stat sheet is his big play ability. The All-American hit game-winning shots against Tennessee, UCLA and Cal this past season.

Brooks led Oregon to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three years, including a history-making Final Four run. He is Oregon's all-time scoring and assists leader in tournament history.

Brooks is projected by most mock drafts to be a second-round pick. This announcement comes two days after Oregon guard Tyler Dorsey also declared for the NBA Draft.

Junior Jordan Bell has not yet announced his future plans.

First round preview: Oregon vs. Iona

First round preview: Oregon vs. Iona

The Ducks are headed to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region. 

First up? The Iona Gaels. 

While an upset is unlikely, Oregon needs to watch out for Iona's 6-foot-8 senior forward Jordan Washington (17.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg). Most noteable, Washington draws an average of nine fouls per game (2nd highest in the nation). Getting into foul trouble could be troublesome for Oregon, especially now that they are without senior forward Chris Boucher, lost for the season with a knee injury he suffered Friday night during the Pac-12 Tournament. 

A quick look at the game:

No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Iona Gaels

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif. 

When: 11 a.m.

TV: TBS   

Records: Ducks (29-5), Gaels (22-12).

Last outings: Oregon's late rally fell short against Arizona in the Pac-12 Tournament title game. The Gaels lost four of their final seven regular-season games before bouncing back in the MAAC tournament. An overtime victory over Siena in the MAAC championship game secured Iona's second straight conference tournament championship. 

Coaches: UO's Dana Altman (183-69 at Oregon, 593-312 Division I). Iona's Tim Cluess (140–65 at Iona, 238–88 overall)

Key Ducks: Dillon Brooks, F, Jr. (16.3 ppg, 1.2 spg, 41.4 3pt%); Jordan Bell, F, Jr. (10.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg, 1.3 spg);  Tyler Dorsey, G, Soph. (13.3 ppg, 38.9 3pt%)

Key Gaels: Jordan Washington, F, Sr. (17.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 55.1 FG%); Jon Severe, F, Sr. (11.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 43.0 3pt%); Rickey McGill, G, Soph. (10.8 ppg, 5.2 apg, 1.8 spg)

Notes: The Ducks have never faced Iona...The Ducks are one of just five teams in this year’s field to have won a game in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments. The other teams are Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina and Wichita State.

No. 5 Oregon vs. No. 10 UCLA: What you need to know

No. 5 Oregon vs. No. 10 UCLA: What you need to know

Call it Oregon's chance to prove it deserves to be on top of the Pac-12 conference. Call it an opportunity for UCLA to get revenge. Call it the biggest college game of the week. Call it whatever you want. What we know for sure is that No. 5 Oregon plays at No. 10 UCLA on Thursday night in what is sure to be an epic showdown. 

During the first Oregon-UCLA matchup last December, the Ducks (21-3, 10-1 Pac-12) handed the Bruins (21-3, 8-3) their first conference defeat, courtesy of Dillon Brooks’ last-second three-pointer that gave UO an 89-87 win at home. 

Now the Ducks begin the toughest stretch of their season at UCLA with the regular season conference championship on the line. UO plays five of its final seven regular season games on the road with two coming at the Bruins and USC (20-4, 7-4) on Saturday night. 

A quick look at Thursday's game:

No. 5 Oregon vs. No. 10 UCLA

Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, Calif. 

When: 7 p.m., Thursday.


Records: Ducks (21-3, 10-1), Bruins (21-3, 8-3). 

Last outings: The Ducks destroyed then-No. 5 Arizona 85-58 at home last Saturday, extending their nation leading home winning streak to 40 games. The Bruins are coming off a beatdown win of their own, defeating Washington 107-66, in Seattle on Saturday.

Coaches: UO's Dana Altman (175-67 at Oregon, 585-310 Division I). UCLA’s Steve Alford (86-43 at UCLA, 549-278 overall). 

Key Ducks: G Tyler Dorsey, 6-4, So., (12.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg), G Dylan Ennis, 6-2, Sr., (11.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, .390 3PT%), G Payton Pritchard, 6-2, Fr., (8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg), F Jordan Bell, 6-9, Jr., (11.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.1 bpg), F Dillon Brooks, 6-7, Jr., (14.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg), F Chris Boucher, 6-10, Sr., (12.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.8 bpg).

Key Bruins: F TJ Leaf, 6-10, Fr., (17.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.7 apg), G Lonzo Ball, 6-6, Fr., (7.8 apg, 15.1 ppg), G Bryce Alford, 6-3 Sr., (16.4 ppg, 2.4 apg), C Thomas Welsh, 7-0, Jr, (8.3 rpg, 10.4 ppg).

Notes: This will be the third meeting between Oregon as UCLA as top-10 opponents. The Bruins won the previous two meetings in 1975 (107-103) and 2007 (69-57).

Dillon Brooks earns Pac-12 player of the week honors with electric performances against ASU, Arizona

Dillon Brooks earns Pac-12 player of the week honors with electric performances against ASU, Arizona

The Duck are receiving national and conference recognition for extending its nation-leading home win streak to 40 games with triumphs over Arizona State and then-No. 5 Arizona. 

Oregon jumped from No. 13 to No. 5 in the AP Poll and Oregon junior forward Dillon Brooks was named Pac-12 player of the week.

It is Brooks' second conference player of the week honor this season and third weekly honor during his career, the second-most ever by an Oregon player. Blair Rasmussen is the Ducks' all-time leader with four selections. 

In Brooks' electric performances over ASU and Arizona he averaged 22.5 points on 67 percent shooting (16-of-24), including 7 of 12 from three-point range. He also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals during the week. 

Brooks scored Oregon's final 12 points with 3:15 remaining to fuel the Ducks to a 71-70 victory over the Sun Devils on Thursday. 

Against the Wildcats, Brooks had 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. 

The Ducks head south this week to take on No. 10 UCLA (21-3, 8-3 Pac-12) at 7 p.m., Thursday and then play at USC (20-4, 7-4) at 7:30 on Saturday.


Taggart finalizes staff with addition of Raymond Woodie

Taggart finalizes staff with addition of Raymond Woodie

Oregon football officially has a full staff.  Raymond Woodie will join Willie Taggart's staff as Oregon's special teams coordinator. Oregon assistant althetic director Andy MacNamara first reported the news on Oregon's Duck Insider radio show.

Last season, Woodie severed as defensive coordinator at Univeristy of South Florida. Woodie spent our seasons under Taggart at USF, and has been one of Taggart's long-time assistants, dating back to Western Kentucky in 2010-11.

Woodie is a native of Palmetto, Fla.