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Impeccable timing; Hot Ducks one step closer to Pac-12 Tournament crown

Impeccable timing; Hot Ducks one step closer to Pac-12 Tournament crown

LAS VEGAS – Hours before tipoff of Oregon’s Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal, Oregon announced the extension of coach Dana Altman’s contract. Oregon’s contract with Altman, one of six active head coaches in Division I with a current streak of at least 22 consecutive winning seasons, runs through the 2025-26 season.

Good timing for the announcement, it seemed. Turns out, it was great timing.

With Phil and Penny Knight watching court side and big dance hopes on the line, the Ducks advanced to the Pac-12 Tournament semifinal game for the sixth time out of eight seasons. Oregon upset third-seeded Utah, 66-54, and is now 5-0 against Utah in the Pac-12 tournament.

The victory is Altman’s 17th Pac-12 Tournament win, tying Arizona’s Sean Miller for the most. The Ducks (21-12, 10-8 Pac-12) are riding a six-game winning streak and advance to play second-seeded Arizona State on Friday at 8:30pm.

"I'm excited, my family is excited, we've enjoyed our nine years at Oregon" Altman said. " We want to build something special.... it's a special place".

Before mounting their comeback, the Ducks fell to a six-point halftime deficit. Oregon could not get organized on offense, lacked ball movement and shot 27.6 percent from the field.

On a hot streak of holding the last six opponents to less than 62 points, the Ducks’ aggressive defensive play continued. Oregon held Utah, the top shooting team in the conference, to 34 percent from the field and outscored them in the paint, 36 to 30.

Despite the physical game, Oregon did not attempt a free throw the entire first half. 

A huge part of Oregon’s lock down defense came from Francis Okoro, who tied the tournament record with six blocked shots in a game. Payton Pritchard and Louis King sparked the Ducks’ comeback on offense, each scoring 20 points.

The Ducks got off to a great second half start. Oregon forced a few turnovers, baffling the Utes with the press and Pritchard grabbed the momentum with back-to-back layups to tie the game. Oregon outscored Utah, 48-30 in the second half.

"Obviously this team is capable of a lot, which we showed in the second half," Pritchard said. "That's how we gotta bring it (against ASU), starting from the tip".

As the Ducks heated up, so did Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak, who received a technical foul for slapping a cup off the scorer’s table after a foul call

Utah’s 16 free throw points kept it in the game, but could not overcome going 2-of-23 from beyond the arc.

Next up, Arizona State (22-9, 12-6). Oregon lost to ASU in Tempe in January but then crushed the Sun Devils at home, a month later. ASU is coming off of a 83-72 victory over UCLA.

Altman is five wins away from becoming Oregon’s all-time winningest head basketball coach. He has a chance to take one step closer to that honor, the Pac-12 Tournament crown and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

No Oregon Ducks drafted in the 1st round of the NFL Draft

No Oregon Ducks drafted in the 1st round of the NFL Draft

The first round of the NFL Draft is done and for the third-consecutive year, Oregon did not have any players drafted on day one, as expected. There are four Ducks that are widely expected to be drafted and a couple more that will hope to sign free agent contracts.

 

Guess who was on stage alongside NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in Nashville, though? Former Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, who made a short welcome speech as the “hometown quarterback”.

 

 

The first Pac-12 Conference player to be selected was former Washington State offensive lineman Andre Dillard who was selected 22nd by the Philadelphia Eagles. Two other Pac-12 players were drafted; Atlanta selected Washington offensive lineman Kaleb McGary  at No. 30, and New England drafted Arizona State wide receiver N'Keal Harry. 

 

 

Also of note, the New York Giants made an interesting move with their No. 6 pick, drafting Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Elite Kentucky pass-rusher Josh Allen was still on the board.

 

With Eli Manning, 38, entering the final year of his contract, the Giants were expected to pick a quarterback in 2019 or 2020. The Giants were among several teams to scout Oregon QB Justin Herbert multiple times in 2018 only to watch the Oregon quarterback return to school for his senior season.

 

Herbert’s return poised the question: will New York wait and tank for 2020 when Herbert, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Georgia’s Jake Fromm are expected to be on the board?

 

Of course, selecting Jones doesn’t necessarily mean that the Giants aren’t in the market for a Herbert/a quarterback next season, but it does answer the question that New York is willing to gamble on Jones in it’s pursuit to find a successor to Manning. 

News, rumors and analysis: Ducks and the NFL draft

News, rumors and analysis: Ducks and the NFL draft

The 2019 NFL Draft starts today! Oregon is not expected to have a player selected in Thursday’s first round for the third year in a row. However, crazier things have happened! Which Duck do you think will be selected first? Which Duck are you going to miss the most next season? If you want to be the UO fan in the know, I got you covered for the NFL Draft.

Here is what NFL teams are getting with each Duck.

 

DILLON MITCHELL

Dillon Mitchell’s ability as a ball carrier, excellent route running, efficient footwork and yards after catch potential make him an enticing weapon for NFL offenses. He's projected to be a mid to late round selection.

[EXCLUSIVE] Dillon Mitchell gets real: His decision to go pro, which NFL teams he met with at the Combine and chemistry with Justin Herbert

READ: Mitchell is meeting with NFL teams and ready to make the world 'eat their words'

WATCH: Which team is going to fall in love with Dillon Mitchell?

 

JALEN JELKS

How high in the draft will Jalen Jelks go? The NFL is always starving for pass rushers and Jelks could be quite attractive to some teams. Jelks has the length and pass rush ability many GMs dream about, however he weighs under 250 pounds. He's projected to be a mid round selection, but could be the first Duck off the board. 

READ: Here are some round predictions for the future Pro Duck

WATCH: Jalen Jelks needs 'right team with right system'

 

JUSTIN HOLLINS

Is Justin Hollins majorly underrated? Hollins excelled in the NFL combine and impressed in the East-West Shrine Bowl, earning defensive MVP honors. He's projected to be a mid round selection, but could also be the first Duck off the board. 

READ: An NFL scout and a draft expert evaluate Oregon Ducks LB Justin Hollins

WATCH: Justin Hollins living up to the hype following NFL Combine

 

UGO AMADI

Any team that has a need for young, dependable and versatile safeties, will like Ugo Amadi. Amadi makes up for his less than ideal size with his speed, ability to affect the game and make plays on the ball. He's projected as a late round pick. 

READ: Underrated Ugo Amadi is stealing NFL teams’ attention

WATCH: Ugo Amadi's versatility could set him apart in draft class

 

TONY BROOKS-JAMES

Tony Brooks James got his chance to impress NFL scouts at Oregon's Pro Day after not receiving an invite to the NFL Combine. The Oregon runnng back recorded a 4.17, 20-yard shuttle, third among running backs, and a 7.2 second three-cone performance, placing him 10th out of 16 running backs who participated in the Combine. Brooks-James had 57 carries for 306 yards and 21 kickoff returns for 548 yards at UO before sitting out of the Redbox Bowl with a left knee injury. 

READ: It's do-or-die: Ducks leave it all on the field at Oregon Pro Day

 

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Oregon basketball loses another player this offseason: Victor Bailey Jr.

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Oregon basketball loses another player this offseason: Victor Bailey Jr.

Oregon sophomore Victor Bailey Jr. is transferring, according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 7.4 points, two rebounds and shot a team-best 39.8 percent from three-point range. He averaged 19.1 minutes with eight starts in 37 games last season, but his playing time faded off, only playing five minutes in Oregon's first two NCAA Tournament games. Bailey did not play vs. Virginia in the Sweet 16.

Bailey's departure marks Oregon's fifth open scholarship spot. The Ducks are still piecing their 2019 recruting class together, but will also need to replace senior Paul White, senior Ehab Amin, freshmen Bol Bol and Louis King (intend to remain in the NBA Draft). 

This comes on the heel of Oregon missing out on two top recruiting targets: five-star point guard Cole Anthony and four-star guard Cassius Stanley. 

Anthony committed to North Carolina live on ESPN, he had Oregon in his final four. Anthony was the MVP of both McDonald's and Jordan Brand Classic, and had a strong showing at the Nike Hoop Summit.

Cassius Stanley committed to Duke on Monday. A commitment from Stanley and Anthony would have likely launched Oregon back into the discussion for a top-10 class nationally. Currently, Oregon’s 2019 class is ranked 12th nationally and third in the Pac-12 Conference. Here is where UO's 2019 recruiting class stands

Oregon surplus sale scheduled for May 4

Oregon surplus sale scheduled for May 4

Press release from GoDucks.com:

The University of Oregon athletic department will host an equipment Surplus Sale presented by Fanatics, on Saturday, May 4th at the Moshofsky Center next to Autzen Stadium. The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until all product is sold. 

As an exclusive benefit, current University of Oregon season ticket holders and Duck Athletic Fund donors are eligible for priority access to the Surplus Sale and may start lining up at 7:30 a.m. with the sale starting at 9 a.m. A random line drawing will be held to determine which customers will enter first. All season ticket holders or donors with a surplus sale ticket in line by 8:00 a.m. will receive a priority line raffle ticket and entered into the random line drawing, which will determine the order of entry. Season ticket holders or donors may not lineup prior to 7:30 a.m. The priority access line will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the northwest doors of the Moshofsky Center near the Duck Store entrance.

General admission fans will be admitted at 10:30 a.m. As with the season ticket holders and donors, a random line drawing will be held to determine which customers will enter first. All fans in the general admission line by 9:30 a.m. will receive a general admission line raffle ticket and entered into a lottery, which will determine order of entry. General admission fans may not lineup prior to 8:30 a.m. at the southeast corner of the Moshofsky Center, facing Autzen Stadium.

The random line drawing process ensures that all fans who arrive prior to the listed deadline will have an equal chance of gaining the first entry.

Priority access tickets can be secured by season ticket holders and DAF donors by logging into their account HERE. The deadline to claim a priority access ticket is Wednesday, May 1st at 5 p.m. Each ticket will allow access for the season ticket holder or DAF donor plus one guest. Passes will be available on the season ticket holder online account manager system beginning Thursday, May 2nd for those requesting ticket by the deadline. Tickets must be printed out before arriving.

Season ticket holders and donors who claim a ticket may forward the PDF to another party should they not be able to attend. Only one entry will be allowed per ticket and no re-entry will be permitted. The guest must be present in line with the season ticket holder when the priority tickets are scanned and priority raffle tickets are issued. If the guest is not in line at the time priority raffle tickets are being issued, they will not receive a ticket and will be sent to the GA line for entry. The guest will enter with the recipient of the priority access ticket.

Additional Surplus Sale Rules and Information

- Cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. Checks and American Express are not accepted. Please have ID ready if paying by credit card.

- A strict limit of 2 non-cleated (training) shoes can be purchased per patron.

- Camping is strictly prohibited and is of no benefit due to the random line drawing. Campers will be asked to leave and are subject to no entry to the sale.

- Only small personal purses will be permitted inside the sale. Bags will be provided for shopping.

- Parking is available in the east gravel lot of Autzen Stadium. Vehicles parked in other lots are subject to ticketing and/or towing.

- Shoplifters will be detained by UOPD on site.

- Hoarding of items is prohibited. Only take product from tables you intend to purchase. Those found hording items will be asked to leave.

- Raffle line tickets will be used for entry into the sale and may not be transferred to others.

- Individuals with raffle line tickets will be admitted in the drawn order before those without tickets.

- All individuals age 16 or above must have a ticket for entry.

- No food or beverage will be permitted inside the Moshofsky Center.

- All sales are final, no returns or exchanges.

[Official] Oregon basketball whiffs on Cassius Stanley; Where the Ducks stand

[Official] Oregon basketball whiffs on Cassius Stanley; Where the Ducks stand

Oregon basketball is still piecing its 2019 recruiting class together.

The Ducks whiffed on Cassius Stanley, who committed to Duke. The No. 29 player in the country is ranked No. 3 among combo guards, according to 247 Sports. Oregon was heavily pursuing Stanley, who originally narrowed his top three schools to UO, Kansas and UCLA, ahead of his visit to Duke last weekend, when he added the Blue Devils to the finalist list. 

During his announcement, Stanley praised Oregon as an “up and coming program” with “elite coaches” before selecting Duke.

A commitment from Stanley and consensus five-star combo guard Cole Anthony, would have likely launched Oregon back into the discussion for a top-10 class nationally.

Anthony is expected to make his college decision tomorrow. He’s narrowed the choices to North Carolina, Oregon, Georgetown and Notre Dame.

Oregon defensive lineman and the nation’s top football 2019 recruit, Kayvon Thibodeaux made his feelings known on Twitter.

Currently, Oregon’s 2019 class is ranked 12th nationally and third in the Pac-12 Conference after landing a big verbal commitment from transfer guard on Saturday.

After visiting Eugene for the Oregon spring football game, Duquesne sophomore guard Eric Williams, Jr. announced on Twitter that he committed to the Ducks will enroll at Oregon for next basketball season.

6-foot-6 Williams, who averaged 14 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season, will sit out the 2019-20 basketball season and then be a redshirt junior for the 2020-21 season.

The Ducks have also landed commitments from junior college national player of the year candidate Chris Duarte and consensus four-star big man Isaac Johnson, who is expected to take a two-year LDS mission and won't be back in Eugene until 2021. Rounding out Oregon's 2019 class is two 6-foot-8, four-star prospects CJ Walker and Chandler Lawson. 

Meet the Ducks' latest basketball recruiter: Oregon WR Mycah Pittman

Meet the Ducks' latest basketball recruiter: Oregon WR Mycah Pittman

Oregon men's basketball is trying to land one of the nation's top high school athletes, four-star shooting guard Cassius Stanley.

Coach Dana Altman should thank Oregon freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman, who is already fighing for a starting spot, for doing a little recruiting on Stanley's Instagram. Pittman wrote a simple "Sco (Ducks)" comment. 

Kansas, Oregon, and UCLA were originally Stanley’s top three schools. Ahead of his visit to Duke last weekend, he added the Blue Devils to the finalist list. 

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard out of Sierra Canyon High School (Los Angeles, California) will commit today at 12:30 p.m.. 247 Sports ranks Stanley as the No. 29 player in the country, No. 3 among combo guards and No. 3 in California. 

2019 Oregon spring football game provides fans a lot to “Shout!” about

2019 Oregon spring football game provides fans a lot to “Shout!” about

There was something different about the 2019 Oregon spring football game.

The spring scrimmage finale provided the expected excitement about the potential of next season and appreciation for the United States military. However, Coach Mario Cristobal laid out the red carpet and invites to elevate the usual big alumni weekend to “something bigger."

“So important for our players to learn more about our past,” Cristobal said. “To grow as a football team understanding that for us, upholding the legacy requires a lot and seeing (alumni) face-to-face and eye-to-eye.”

The support for the present squad was insane; surrounded by former Ducks and future Ducks alike. The Autzen Stadium sideline was bursting with Oregon legends and chockfull of a deep collection of talented recruits.

In front of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Dan Fouts, Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, the nation’s top quarterback recruit D.J. Uiagalelei, Mighty Oregon (first team offense/second team defense) beat the Fighting Ducks (second team offense/first team defense), 20-13.

It’s a good sign when the only moment of contention came at the end of the third quarter when the sound system experienced major difficulties during the “Shout!” song and dance; fans could barely hear the Autzen Stadium tradition and made their displeasure known. But that doesn’t mean the 35,100 fans in attendance weren’t electrified by what they saw.

Quarterback Justin Herbert is still elite, throwing a pair of touchdown passes and making zero errors. However, back-up quarterback Tyler Shough stole the show. Oregon fans can breathe easy knowing the Ducks have a reliable backup quarterback. After not attempting a pass last season, the redshirt freshman made effective short throws and looked poised with quick decision making. He’s added 10 pounds of muscle and is looking every bit the fit of a Pac-12 starting quarterback.

"It definitely felt good,” said Shough. “At this point, it's just executing the game plan and executing the plays and having fun out there. I know we have good players around me so just feeding them the ball the best I can."
Shough finished with 178 receiving yards on 18-of-31 passing with one interception and 12 rushing yards.

The battle to replace former leading receiver Dillon Mitchell’s production was on full display and it appears Herbert will have plenty of offensive weapons in 2019. With large-and-in-charge graduate transfer Juwan Johnson, freshmen Mycah Pittman and Josh Delgado plus improved veterans Jaylon Redd, Brenden Schooler and Johnny Johnson III, Oregon’s wide receiver room is deep.

After an up-and-down 2018 season, Schooler showcased his development with the highlight catch of the day; a 26-yard sideline fade grab with Thomas Graham draped all over him. Pittman led all receivers with seven receptions. Johnson snagged three catches, one for a touchdown. His 6-foot-4, 230-pound size advantage will be a constant goal line threat.

Maybe the best news? Zero dropped passes from the wide receivers. Although, a few catchable balls hit the turf from Oregon’s tight ends.

According to Cristobal, Oregon running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio has earned a larger role in 2019. Habibi-Likio had 12 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown and three catches for 24 yards.

The defense showed they haven’t missed a beat under new defensive coordinator Andy Avalos. La’Mar Winston Jr. looks to be the top candidate to play Avalos’ “STUD” position. It’s clear Kayvon Thibodeaux will make an instant impact. The nation’s top recruit generated consistent pressure and recorded a sack.

“The best part about it is his expectation for himself is as big or bigger as we have for him,” Cristobal said. “I don’t want to be a cliché guy, but he’s got a five-star heart and five-star talent.”

Of the 10 early enrollees of UO’s 2019 recruiting class, four are defensive players and Thibodeaux wasn’t the only one to shine in the spring game. Cornerback Mykael Wright led the team with five tackles, three pass break-ups and a game-sealing interception in the end zone.

UO now enters its offseason strength and conditioning program while the coaches hit the recruiting trail.  On a beautiful spring day and the blooming of a spring tradition that puts emphasis on alumni and legacy, it was a good day to be a Duck.

Rapid Reaction: Quick takeaways from the Oregon spring game

Rapid Reaction: Quick takeaways from the Oregon spring game

A few quick takeaways from the Oregon spring game:

Mighty Oregon defeated the Fighting Ducks, 20-13.

- Tyler Shough has all the tools to become a Pac-12 level starting quarterback. Oregon fans can breathe easy knowing the Ducks have a reliable backup quarterback. The redshirt freshman made effective short throws and looked poised. Yes, it was only a spring game versus the second team defense but I was impressed with his decision making and sharp arm, plus adding 10 pounds of muscle with a better grasp on the playbook doesn’t hurt either.

- Improved dropped passes from the wide receivers. After an up and down 2018 season, Johnny Johnson III and Brenden Schooler showcased their development, confidence and held on the ball.

- Justin Herbert is still elite. He had a pair of touchdown passes and made zero errors.

- Kayvon Thibodeaux is going to make an instant impact. He generated consistent pressure and had a sack.

Oregon spring game: Be the fan in the know

Oregon spring game: Be the fan in the know

Do you want to be the Duck football fan in the know for the Oregon spring football game? I've got you covered. 

Saturday will be a great opportunity to see ten early enrollees from Oregon’s highest-ever rated recruiting class, plus fresh face Penn State graduate transfer wide receiver Juwan Johnson! Watch the video about for what you should be watching for. 

The roster will be split into two teams instead of the offense vs. defense format from a year ago. Rosters for the “Mighty Oregon” squad and the “Fighting Ducks” team will be unveiled soon. 

More details:

  • Admission is free.
  • Fans are asked to bring three non-perishable food items for donation to Food for Lane County. 
  • Oregon legends and Pro Football Hall of Fame members Gary Zimmerman (OL, 1980-83) and Dan Fouts (QB, 1970-72) will represent the two teams during the coin toss.
  • Fans are encouraged to arrive early and carpool as much as possible. The Autzen Stadium East parking lot will open to the public at 11:30 a.m. at a cost of $5 per vehicle.
  • Starting at 1 p.m. there will be an Easter egg hunt for children on the HDC practice fields. Fans should enter through the north gate that is closest to Martin Luther King Boulevard.
  • The men’s basketball program will be signing autographs inside Autzen Stadium on the concourse starting at 1 p.m. Commemorative autograph cards will be provided.
  • Flyover by F-15s from Oregon National Guard during the national anthem.