Is it college basketball season yet? Well, not exactly, but the Pac-12 released today the 2017-2018 schedule to get you thinking for the next 181 days until the conference opener. Of course, there are still all the non-conference games before the PAC-12 season opener, which that schedule will be released later this summer, but let's take a closer glance at what the Oregon Ducks have in store this season:
Home games in BOLD.
Week 1: Dec. 27-31: [Home] Colorado vs. Oregon ; [Home] Utah vs. Oregon
Week 2: Jan. 3-7: [Away] Oregon at Oregon State
Week 3: Jan. 10-14: [Away] Oregon at Arizona ; [Away] Oregon at Arizona State
Week 4: Jan. 17-21: [Home] UCLA vs. Oregon ; [Home] USC vs. Oregon
Week 5: Jan. 24-28: [Home] Oregon State vs. Oregon
Week 6: Jan. 31 - Feb. 4: [Away] Oregon at California ; [Away] Oregon at Stanford
Week 7: Feb. 7-11: [Home] Washington vs. Oregon ; [Home] Washington State vs. Oregon
Week 8: Feb. 14-18: [Away] Oregon at UCLA ; [Away] Oregon at USC
Week 9: Feb. 21-25: [Home] Arizona vs. Oregon ; [Home] Arizona State vs. Oregon
Week 10: Feb. 28 - March 3: (Regular season concludes Saturday, March 3) [Away] Oregon at Washington ; [Away] Oregon at Washington State
Some quick snapshots of this upcoming season's schedule:
-The Ducks will only have to face Colorado/Utah once and at home. This is a huge advantage for Oregon because the Ducks have never won at Coors Event Center, home of the Colorado Buffaloes. Since joining the PAC-12 conference in 2011, both Colorado and Utah have been real tests on the road for Oregon.
-Oregon will face both Arizona and UCLA twice this upcoming season. One home series, one away series. The last few seasons, the PAC-12 has seen dominant play from all three of these schools, each seeing a national top 10 ranking for multiple weeks in last season alone.
-Sort of a good news, bad news for the Ducks: Oregon will only face the Bay Area schools of California and Stanford once, however, both of these games will be on the road. Oregon has struggled in the Bay Area as both California and Stanford prove to hold their ground at home against the Ducks. Before last season (Mr. Clutch) Dillon Brooks' last second shot to beat California, the Ducks were swept 11 out of the previous 15 visits to the Bay Area.
The Ducks only return one key starter in their lineup: sophomore guard Payton Pritchard. But head coach Dana Altman has been on the move and on the phone bringing in top recruits such as Kenny Wooten, Elijah Brown, and Troy Brown Jr.. The anticipated wait will also be over for Georgetown transfer forward Paul White. The Ducks will look different next year due to the departure of four of the five starters (Dylan Ennis, Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey, Chris Boucher, and Jordan Bell), and with the transfer of Kavell Bigby-Williams call for a new look.