Luke Ridnour is expecting the Oregon Ducks to make it to the Elite 8


Having March Madness back this year has been a breath of fresh air for a lot of people.

Especially after its cancellation last year due to the pandemic hitting the entire world.

For both Oregon State and Oregon Ducks fans, this NCAA tournament has been particularly more fun to watch than in previous years.

Both the men’s and women’s teams on both sides are in the tournament and have been making a deep run in the tournament.

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It's a surprising run, especially for the Oregon State men's team, who are now in the Elite 8.

But now, the Oregon Ducks men’s team faces off against USC Sunday to see if they advance further into the tournament.

And one former player believes they can do it.

Former Ducks guard Luke Ridnour and former teammate of Channing Frye's joined the Talkin’ Blazers podcast this week and discussed how he has really been enjoying watching his Ducks play well in this year’s tournament.

He first explained though how happy he is that the tournament is back on in the first place.

Which I think everyone can agree with him on.

First off, its just fun to see them playing. Everyone missed that March Madness last year, so just the chance to watch it is awesome. People that aren’t even fans are getting a chance to watch it again and I think everybody loves that. College game is a college game. Obviously we need fans in there to make it what it is. once we get there it will be back to that. I love watching the college game, kids play so hard, play so fast and out of control sometimes but I just enjoy watching it. they’re playing for their school and not playing for themselves.

Luke Ridnour

Ridnour knows a thing or two about how the current Ducks are feeling. 

While at Oregon, he led the Ducks to the NCAA Tournament twice, including the Elite 8 in 2002. He averaged 19.7 points per game and 6.6 assist per game. Ridnour left Oregon after his junior season and was the Pac-10 Player of the Year that season.


As for what he thinks about the Ducks, he thinks that not a lot of people saw them playing as well as they are.

But he is hoping the Ducks make it to the Elite 8 and play against Gonzaga.

"I don't think many people thought they would be where they are, so just seeing them do it is awesome,” said Ridnour.  “They are a team, they got three or four guys that can score, but everyone plays their role and plays it well. Girls as well, we watch them the other night and they look good. We are expecting at least the Elite 8 out of these guys, see if they match up against Gonzaga. That will be fun.”

The men’s team will be playing against the USC Trojans Sunday at 6:45 p.m. to see if they advance into the Elite 8.