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Keys to an Oregon victory over Oregon State

Keys to an Oregon victory over Oregon State

With nine teams in the Pac-12 Conference within two games of one another, it is crunch time for both the Ducks and Beavers.

Oregon is only one game out of second place and must beat Oregon State, another team fighting for a top four seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, to keep NCAA Tournament hopes alive.

The Beavers won the Pac-12 opener for both teams this season, 77-72, on Jan. 5 at Matthew Knight Arena, their first win in Eugene since 2012. If Oregon State defeats Oregon it will be the first time the Beavers sweep the Civil War since 2009-2010.

How can the Ducks walk out of Gill Colliseum with a victory?

Bri Amaranthus discusses Oregon's keys to victory on the Brian Noe Show. Hint... Get ready for a block party!

Payton Pritchard named Naismith Men's Player of the Week for the third time this season

Payton Pritchard named Naismith Men's Player of the Week for the third time this season

Payton Pritchard is the best men’s basketball player in America. OK, at least this week. 

The Oregon Ducks star guard was named Naismith Men’s Player of the Week after averaging 20 points, 5.5 rebounds, three assists and two steals as Oregon went 2-0 for the week.

This is his third National Player of the Week nod this season. 

Pritchard helped lead the Ducks to back-to-back wins after consecutive losses to Stanford and Oregon State. Pritchard added a second double-double and another thrilling victory to his resume as the Ducks mounted a second half comeback from 14 points down to top then No. 16 Colorado, 68-60. The victory over the Buffaloes was also his 100th career win in a Ducks uniform

Pritchard had the hot hand again on Sunday, finishing 8-of-13 from the field and 5-of-9 from behind the arc for 25 points to help his No. 17 Ducks crush Utah, 80-62. 

“These two games were must-wins for us, obviously, to keep in the hunt for a conference championship,” Pritchard said after Sunday’s win. “We needed to get these and bounce back.”

The win over Utah was also a monumental moment for Pritchard’s career at Oregon. His 25 points gave him 1,810 total points, fifth in school history. He is the only Pac-12 player to have 1800 points, 500 rebounds and 600 assists. 

Oregon remains (20-6, 9-4 Pac-12) a perfect 14-0 at Matthew Knight Arena and is tied with Colorado for top of the Pac-12 standings with five games left in the regular season. The Ducks moved up to No. 14 in this week's AP poll. 

New Oregon Ducks recruiter Cooper Petagna throws shade at Washington

New Oregon Ducks recruiter Cooper Petagna throws shade at Washington

As if the Oregon vs. Washington rivalry wasn’t intense enough, new Oregon football recruiting coach Cooper Petagna added a layer of intrigue.

On Monday, it was announced that head coach Mario Cristobal had hired Petagna away from the Washington Huskiesto join the Oregon recruiting staff.

Later Monday, Petagna changed both his Twitter avatar and header photo. The avatar merely displays the Oregon "O", which is nothing terribly compelling. But, one has to read in-between the lines with the header. A picture is worth a thousands words... 

The photo is of Ducks wide receiver Mycah Pittman running for a touchdown in last season’s game... at Washington.

Coincidence? We think not. 

Undoubtedly, the shade Petanga is throwing is sure to be in good fun. 

Here’s how social media reacted to Petagna’s new profile:

The Ducks will host the Huskies in 2020 on Saturday, October 3 in Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon.

Mario Cristobal adds Cooper Petagna to Oregon football recruiting staff

Mario Cristobal adds Cooper Petagna to Oregon football recruiting staff

Mario Cristobal loves recruiting. Players, coaches, you name it and he's good at it.

With the loss of cornerbacks coach Donte' Williams to USC, one may ponder how this would effect recruiting as Williams was the No. 1 recruiter in the Pac-12 conference. Well, not only did Cristobal go out and hire away Rod Chance from Minnesota, but he also added another weapon in recruiting on Oregon's coaching staff, according to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg:

Petagna comes down five hours south on I-5 highway from the University of Washington, where he served as Director of Player Personnel at UW. He has a taste of west coast football and knows how to recruit which is advantageous for the Ducks after losing Williams to USC, another Pac-12 school.

According to Rittenberg, Petagna has experience recruiting at LSU, Michigan and Alabama, three big power-5 schools with lots of football talent. So if you add Petagna's recruiting skills plus Oregon brand and its national relevance plus the recent success of the program and this seems like a good recipe for the future of the Oregon program.

Oregon Ducks men's basketball moves up in latest AP Poll

Oregon Ducks men's basketball moves up in latest AP Poll

The Oregon Ducks men's basketball team picked up two clutch wins over the weekend to remain at the top in a tight race for the Pac-12 crown.

In the latest AP Poll rankings, Oregon has moved up three spots from No. 17 to No. 14 this week.

It started with a huge comeback victory over then No. 16 Colorado on Thursday night. With Bill Walton, Dave Pasch and guest announcer Mark Jackson calling the game, the Ducks came from behind in a 14-point deficit to defeat the Buffs 68-60 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. 

[RELATED]: Payton Pritchard gets his 100th career win in an Oregon uniform

On Sunday, the Ducks handled the visiting Utah Utes led by the sharp-shooting of sophomore Will Richardson, who finished a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range, and senior Payton Pritchard, who led all Oregon scores with 25 points and sinking five three-pointers in the first half. The Ducks built a 10+ point lead in the first half shooting 66.7% as a team from behind the arc and used the cushion the rest of the way.

Coming up next for Oregon is a road trip this upcoming weekend in the desert followed by three home games against unranked opponents: Oregon State (5-8 in Pac-12); Cal (4-8 Pac-12); and Stanford (5-7 Pac-12).

Oregon's Ruthy Hebard awarded Pac-12 Player of the Week honors

Oregon's Ruthy Hebard awarded Pac-12 Player of the Week honors

The No. 3 Oregon Ducks (24-2, 13-1) are riding a 12-game win streak heading into the final four games of Pac-12 conference play.

After a dominant weekend in Los Angeles, led by two double-double performances from senior forward Ruthy Hebard, the senior received Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.

Over the weekend, Hebard averaged a double-double: 26.0 points and 13.5 rebounds. She was a mismatch down low in both games against UCLA and USC. The Bruins and Trojans had no answer for the 6-foot-4 senior down low. She put up 30 points and pulled down 17 rebounds against then-No. 7 UCLA, a difficult task against one of the better rebounding teams in the conference. 

Hebard is averaging 17.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season.

Up next, the Ducks remain on the road, for what seems like an eternity now, for a weekend in the Bay Area starting with unranked Cal (2-12 in Pac-12) on Friday night followed by a top-5 showdown at No. 4 Stanford (12-2 in Pac-12) on Monday night.

In their first meeting, Hebard was limited to 16 points and 6 boards against Cal and 11 points and five rebounds against Stanford. Yes, the Ducks defeated Cal 105-55 and then a 32-point victory over Stanford 87-55, but this time around the Ducks are the visiting team and Hebard will be looking for more of an impact.

Oregon women's basketball receives a first-place vote in latest AP Poll

Oregon women's basketball receives a first-place vote in latest AP Poll

Keep ascending. 

Oregon women's basketball (24-2, 13-1 Pac-12) may not have moved up in the rankings, remaining at No. 3 in the latest AP Poll, but they received a first-place vote for the first time since Week 1, when they were ranked second in the country.

South Carolina (24-1) remained the top-ranked team in the nation with 27 first-place votes and No. 2 Baylor got two first-place votes.

Other ranked Pac-12 teams include No. 4 Stanford (23-3), No. 8 UCLA (21-3), No. 11 Arizona (21-4), No. 15 Oregon State (19-6) and No. 21 Arizona State (18-8).

Let's recap the weekend for the Ducks.

@ then-No. 7 UCLA, WIN 80-66

Seniors Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard got started early and it was enough to hold off a fourth-quarter rally from the Bruins. Ionescu surpassed 1,000 career assists and finished with 18 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds. Hebard added 30 points and 17 rebounds for her 51st career double-double.

For the second-consecutive game, the Ducks held their opponent to single-digits in the first quarter, only allowing eight UCLA points. 

[RELATED: Instant Analysis: Ionescu, Hebard take over in No. 3 Oregon’s huge win over No. 7 UCLA]

@USC, WIN 93-67

In Minyon Moore's homecoming, she shared the love by dishing out 11 assists, however, USC did not welcome her back with open arms. The graduate transfer, who left USC to play at Oregon with the blessing of her head coach, was called a traitor by the Trojan student section. Ducks coach Kelly Graves was not having it.

As far as the game was concerned, the Ducks took care of business: Ionescu had 12 points and 13 rebounds, Hebard recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds, Satou Sabally ended with 18 points and Erin Boley hit seven three-pointers finishing with 25 points. 

[RELATED: Instant Analysis: ‘Boley Buckets’ heats up in L.A. as No. 3 Oregon cruises past USC]

UP NEXT: The Ducks will travel to the Bay area to play Cal on Friday before playing in Palo Alton against No. 4 Stanford on Monday. 

Oregon Senate passes bill which could soon pay student athletes

Oregon Senate passes bill which could soon pay student athletes

Student-athletes in Oregon are one step closer to being compensated for their name, image and likeness.

Per AJ McCord of KOIN, the Oregon State Senate passed a bill Monday that would give student-athletes the right to be paid, secure representation and receive endorsements. It would also enable them to maintain ownership of their name, image and likeness. 

Similar to legislation passed in California, Senate Bill 1501 is designed to let college athletes profit from their participation in amateur sports. 

The NCAA’s amateurism rules currently prohibit college athletes from entering endorsements from brands like Nike or being paid to host summer camps to teach their sport. Under the current model, players are not allowed to participate in NCAA games if they receive payments.

Under this bill, Oregon softball outfielder Haley Cruse or Ducks football signee Dontae Manning could profit from their success as viral sensations on TikTok. 

The bill will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration. If approved by the house, Governor Kate Brown will be next to sign off on the legislation. 

Dolphins reportedly catching feelings for Oregon star QB Justin Herbert 

Dolphins reportedly catching feelings for Oregon star QB Justin Herbert 

While Tua Tagovailoa has been the most linked player to the Miami Dolphins come NFL Draft day, another quarterback could find himself in a Dolphins jersey next season. 

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have an “increasingly positive view” of Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert. Salguero cites sources familiar with the club’s thinking. 

There’s a number of reasons why Miami could adjust its thinking as it pertains to Tagovailoa. The obvious: He is recovering from a right hip dislocation and posterior wall fracture sustained in November in Alabama’s game against Mississippi State. The Roll Tide QB also suffered nasal bleeding and a broken nose, who Jeff Allen, Alabama’s associate athletic director for sports medicine, told ESPN was “as severe and profuse as I’ve seen.” 

But Salguero says the Dolphins aren’t merely concerned about Tagovailoa’s return to full health, but also his durability long term.

“Tagovailoa suffered multiple ankle and other injuries during his time as the Crimson Tide’s starter and while he has remarkable accuracy and displays other valuable gifts, including leadership, his relative smallish size (approximately 6-foot and 225-230 pounds) and only modest mobility has raised the question about his ability to remain injury free in the NFL,” Salguero added. 

Tagovailoa is certainly a boom-or-bust prospect and it’s not surprising to hear Miami would be considering Herbert as a solid backup plan should Tagovailoa concerns look awry. 

As Salguero notes, the Dolphins are attracted to Herbert’s prototypical size (6-foot-6, 237 pounds), arm talent, and mobility. In his senior year at Oregon, Herbert led his Ducks to a 12-2 record, a Pac-12 championship and a victory in the Rose Bowl. The 21-year-old Eugene native threw for 3,471 yards, 32 touchdowns and just six interceptions in 2019. 

Herbert’s draft stock has continued to rise since his Senior Bowl performance earned him MVP honors. He was 9 of 13 for 83 yards and a touchdown and had three carries for 22 yards, all in the first quarter, and impressed coaches and scouts with his poise. 

Herbert has many qualities Miami could benefit from in a future quarterback and he’s certainly worth a second glance should the Dolphins have any hesitation about Tagovailoa when they’re on the clock. 

The Dolphins went 5-11 in 2019 with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen under center. Fitzpatrick could return to play in 2020, and Dolphins general manager Chris Grier has said they expect him back in Miami.

Instant Analysis: Richardson, Pritchard heat up from deep; Ducks complete sweep over Utah

Instant Analysis: Richardson, Pritchard heat up from deep; Ducks complete sweep over Utah

It is fitting that on the same night as the 2020 NBA All-Star game, which features nothing but dunks and three-pointers, the No. 17 Oregon Ducks would light it up from downtown.

A combined 10-for-15 from behind the arc in the first half, gave the Ducks a nice 10+ point cushion over the visiting Utah Utes (14-11, 5-8 Pac-12). 

No. 17 Oregon (20-6, 9-4 Pac-12) picks up another win to remain at the top in the Pac-12 conference standings.

FINAL SCORE: Utah 62, Oregon 80

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. DUCKS LIGHT IT UP FROM DEEP

The first half was looking a lot like the 2020 NBA All-Star game, well on one side. The Ducks lit it up from three-point range, hitting 10-of-15 (66.7%) as a team in the first half alone which helped create a 14-point lead going into halftime.

Sophomore Will Richardson got it started early hitting 3-for-3 and senior Payton Pritchard hit 5-for-6 in the first half.

2. THE GUARD-PLAY OF WILL RICHARDSON, PYATON PRITCHARD

The dynamic duo was at it again.

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound sophomore guard, Will Richardson, is sneaky quick and can shift his way into the paint, which he did so often against the Utes. He sliced-and-diced his way in and dished the ball off to a cutting defender. 

Richardson finished with 18 points, hitting 4-for-4 from three-point range, grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists. It was an all-around performance from Richardson.

Pritchard, who is in National Player of the Year conversations, added 25 points off 5-for-9 from 3-PT range.

3. PATTERSON A SPARK OFF THE BENCH

Athleticism isn’t an issue when it comes to Addison Patterson.

The 6-foot-6 freshman is a four-star recruit who reclassified into the class of 2019 to play for Dana Altman and the Ducks this season. Against Utah, he was impressive on both ends of the court with ridiculous blocks on one end followed by powerful dunks on the other. He finished with 10 points, three assists and two rebounds off the bench.

UP NEXT: The Ducks hit the road for the desert to face Arizona State on Thursday, Feb. 20, tip-off at 6 p.m. (PT) in Tempe, Arizona.