Fresh off a sweet 16 run, the countdown is on for Ducks tipoff! Oregon men’s basketball’s 2019-20 schedule is finalized and here are 10 takeaways about the Ducks and the Pac-12 Conference.
PAC-12 SCHEDULE DROP! Never miss a game 📱👇 pic.twitter.com/p36r2pfTk5— Oregon Men's Basketball (@OregonMBB) September 12, 2019
1. Thursdays and Sundays just became your Oregon men’s basketball days
Once the Ducks begin Pac-12 play at Colorado on Thursday, Jan. 2, 16 of Oregon’s 18 games are played on a Thursday or Saturday. The two games Oregon plays on Sunday are at UCLA on Sunday, Jan. 26 and vs. Utah on Sunday, Feb. 26.
2. Changes are coming
This is the last 18-game conference schedule rotation. In May, the Pac-12 announced that it will transition to a 20-game schedule beginning with the 2020-21 season.
3. Circle you calendars for these ones
Defending Pac-12 Tournament champions Oregon vs. Pac-12 regular season champions Washington meet in the third week. The Ducks visit the Huskies in their lone matchup of the season on Saturday, Jan. 18. On Thursday, Jan. 2, the Ducks will look to win their first ever game at Colorado in their season opener.
4. Welcome to the Pac-12
For the first time since 2014-15, three head coaches will make their Pac-12 debuts this season (California’s Mark Fox, UCLA’s Mick Cronin and Washington State’s Kyle Smith).
5. Early expectations
Five Pac-12 teams – Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, USC and Washington – appear on several national media outlets’ early top 25 rankings for the 2019-20 campaign.
6. Viva Las Vegas
The Pac-12 Tournament returns for its fourth year at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas from March 11-14, 2020.
7. Tough from the start
The Ducks will face eight teams in nonconference play that played in the postseason last season, including four NCAA Tournament teams in Houston, Michigan, Seton Hall and Montana.
8. Back in Matthew Knight Arena
Oregon’s Pac-12 home opener is Jan. 9 against Arizona, followed by Arizona State on Jan. 11.
9. A home-heavy tail end
Oregon will play five of its last seven games at home for the first time since 2015-16.
10. Television partners are finalized
Oregon will be featured in 18 national broadcasts by either the ESPN family of networks, CBS or Fox and FS1 during the 2019-20 season.
Bonus: Pac-12 after dark
Four of Oregon’s nine Pac-12 home games are set to begin at 8 p.m.