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Oregon and FSU fans take to Twitter to sweet talk Taggart

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Oregon and FSU fans take to Twitter to sweet talk Taggart

Updated: Shortly after this post was published it was reported that Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher will become the next coach at Texas A&M. 

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Oregon coach Willie Taggart hasn't even received an offer to interview at Florida Sate but that hasn't stopped Oregon fans from taking to Twitter to ask him to stay put should one come his way. 

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher had been reportedly at least flirting with the idea of leaving the Seminoles to become the new coach at Texas A&M and the situation in Tallahassee, Fla., has reportedly become toxic.

Then today, it was being reported that Fisher indeed will head to Texas A&M.  This makes it conceivable that FSU could go after Taggart. However, that link is mostly due to the fact that Taggart was born and raised in Palmetto, Fla.  Nothing else. There is nothing to go on that says Taggart would receive an offer from FSU let alone be a top candidate for the position should it become available. 

All of the speculation and uncertainty has led UO and FSU fans to take to Twitter in an effort to woo Taggart. 

Here are some of the Tweets Oregon fans have sent Taggart's way:

 

https://twitter.com/ChaimHertz/status/936432239839080448

 

 

 

 

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Here are some of the Tweets FSU fans have sent Taggart's way:

 

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Oregon Ducks must stop Anteaters to reach seventh Sweet 16

Oregon Ducks must stop Anteaters to reach seventh Sweet 16

Two of the hottest teams are about to meet in the round of 32.

Oregon is about as tough a 12-seed as you can draw in the NCAA Tournament. The Pac-12 Tournament champion Ducks are on a 9-game winning streak after bouncing the Wisconsin Badgers out of the Big Dance. Defeating the UC Irvine Anteaters sends Oregon to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time.

[READ The Ducks’ have an X-Factor, a commander and a King]

UC Irvine has won 17 games straight and successfully pulled off a big first round win over No.4 seed Kansas State.

Fun Fact: UC Irvine’s win over Kansas State was the biggest upset, by seed, so far and the Anteaters’ first NCAA Tournament win in program history.

Did you know? UC Irvine is the only team from California standing in the NCAA Tournament. 

Records: Oregon (24-12), UC Irvine (31-15)

All Hail Dana Altman:  The Ducks are 6-0 in first round NCAA Tournament games under coach Dana Altman. Oregon and Altman have finalized a contract extension through the 2025-26 season.

Defensive surge: In the last nine games, Oregon is holding opponents to shooting 34.6 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from three-point range. Also, the Ducks have held opponents to 62 points or less during the winning streak, except the overtime win against Arizona State in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals.

High Flying Ducks:

Kenny Wooten swatted his way to four blocked shots in back-to-back games; the Pac-12 Tournament title game and NCAA Tournament opening round. The 6-foot-9 sophomore was the X-factor in Oregon’s win over Wisconsin; his alley-oops and posturizing blocks changed the game.

Wooten finished the tournament with 10 blocks, a new Pac-12 record and the Ducks set the Pac-12 Tournament record for blocks with 23.

Payton Pritchard has taken command of Oregon. The junior guard is averaging over 16 points per game with 47 assists and 24 steals during Oregon’s nine-game winning streak. His confidence soared vs. Wisconsin, leading all scorers with 19 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds.

Louis King provides huge bursts of momentum with his clutch shooting. Against the Badgers he shot a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and finished the game with 17 points.

The 6-foot-9 forward scored in double figures in all but two Pac-12 games to become the No. 2 freshman scorer in conference play, averaging 14.5 points per game.

Anteaters to keep an eye on:

UC Irvine won the Big West championship with stingy on-ball defense that encourages the opponent to miss a lot of shots. UCI is top five nationally in field goal percentage defense and allows just 63.3 points per game.

Oregon will have its work cut our for them in the race for rebounds.  The Anteaters are plus 7.1 in the rebounding margin.

The Anteaters have one of the deepest benches and most experienced rosters in the sport. Nine different players have led the team in scoring this season and eight players average over five points per game.

UCI’s best scorers are Max Hazzard and Evan Leonard who both average double- figures with 12.5 and 11.1 points per game, respectively. 

6-foot-1 guard Evan Leonard was the star against K-State, scoring 19 points on just seven shots from the field, and a perfect 9-for-9 at the foul line.

Quotable: “We really jump on people,” Pritchard said. “I know (UC Irvine) is hot…We are going to be ready to play.“

How and where to watch

Time: Sunday, March 24, time TBA

Where: SAP Center, San Jose, California

TV: TBS

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The X Factor, the Commander and the King: Hot Ducks advance in the Dance

The madness and drama continues for Oregon into late March. The No.12 seed Oregon Ducks upset No.5 seed Wisconsin, 72-54, extending their nine-game winning streak and advancing to the round of 32.

I guess what happens in Las Vegas doesn’t always stay in Las Vegas. Oregon is now 6-0 in first round NCAA Tournament games under coach Dana Altman. Once hoping for an NIT Tournament invite, improbably, the Ducks possess a shot at the Sweet 16 after securing the conference’s automatic NCAA bid by winning four-straight games in the Pac-12 Tournament.

"You know, we just weren’t on the same page,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said of Oregon’s recent surge. “And how quickly it changed.”

Once again, Oregon’s defensive prowess disrupted the opponent’s best player. The Ducks crowded, trapped and double-teamed Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, making it extremely difficult for the Badgers to get the ball to the four-year starting All-American. Oregon held Happ, maybe one of the best players in the entire tournament, to only four points on 1-of-3 shooting in the first half and 12 total points, eight rebounds, zero assists and five turnovers.

“I thought our guys really were aware of (Happ),” Altman said. “And then Kenny (Wooten) got a couple of his shots, and I think that helped us, put a thought in his mind.”

The first 20 minutes of Oregon’s first round NCAA Tournament game versus Wisconsin was as advertised; a tenacious defensive war, resulting in a 25-25 tie going into halftime.

Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player Payton Pritchard brought his hot streak into the NCAA Tournament. The junior put on a show and etched his name into Oregon history books; rising to fourth in UO career assists and in the Top 20 for career scoring.

Pritchard took command, impacting both sides of the floor; fearlessly driving to the basket, sinking three-pointers while also forcing turnovers and fighting for 50-50 balls. He led all scorers with 19 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds.

Pritchard and freshman Louis King had 19 of the team's 25 first half points.

Enter perfect Paul White and X-factor Kenny Wooten.

After hurting his shoulder in a collision in the first half, Wooten started the second half in a big way; a vicious put-back dunk followed by another nasty dunk. It was only the beginning for the 6-foot-9 sophomore’s first NCAA Tournament game; his alley-oops and posturizing blocks changed the game.  Wooten finished with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, six rebounds and four recorded blocks (but I think it was five).

"I better see him on SportsCenter," senior White said of Wooten’s performance.

White had an uncharacteristic zero point first half before heating up in the second to score 14 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting.

King finished with 17 points and provided huge bursts of momentum with his 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc.

Oregon executed its game plan, forcing 13 Wisconsin turnovers (entered the game averaging 9.5) and scoring 12 points off those turnovers. Not to be overlooked, the Badgers shot an atrocious 20 percent from beyond the arc, going 6-of-30 for the game.

Oregon will get a shot at its seventh trip to the Sweet 16. The 13-seeded UC Irvine Anteaters are the only thing that stand in the Ducks way. UC Irvine is also fresh off an upset victory (over No. 4 seed Kansas State) and on its own winning streak (17 games).

“We really jump on people,” Pritchard said. “I know (UC Irvine) is hot…We are going to be ready to play.“

Obama picks the Ducks to the Sweet 16

Obama picks the Ducks to the Sweet 16

44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, made his NCAA Tournament bracket public.

A peek into his picks shows that Obama likes Oregon to beat Wisconsin and UC Irvine in the round of 32 to advance to the Sweet 16. 

His championship game is between Duke and UNC, with the Blue Devils winning it all. 

Did you have the same picks on your bracket?

Max Unger leaves NFL as one of the best OL products Oregon has produced

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Max Unger leaves NFL as one of the best OL products Oregon has produced

When Seattle traded center Max Unger to the New Orleans saints in 2015 for tight end Jimmy Graham, the move was met with mixed reactions.

Graham, who had become a star receiving target for quarterback Drew Brees with the Saints, seemed like he would become a deadly weapon for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, as well. But, at the same time, many wondered if that would matter if the Seahawks' offensive line suffered with the loss of Unger.

Well, the line did suffer, and in the end, Graham's contributions in Seattle, although strong (2,048 yards, 18 touchdowns in three seasons) on the receiving end, were negatively offset by his lack of run-blocking ability. The football world should always view the Unger-for-Graham deal as one of the greatest examples of how the flash and sexiness of an offensive weapon can prove to be no match for the grit and heart of an offensive line that makes everything go. 

This week, Unger, drafted by the Seahawks out of Oregon in the second round in 2009, called it a career. His run should be regarded as one of the greatest ever put forth by a former Oregon offensive linemen. He's easily the best center to ever come out of UO. The gold standard for NFL offensive linemen out of Oregon is Gary Zimmerman, who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

During Unger's 10 years (four in New Orleans), Unger made it to three Pro Bowls, was named All-Pro in 2012 with Seattle, appeared in two Super Bowls with the Seahawks and won one following the 2013 season. 

Just 32, Unger told reporters that his ailing body told him to retire. 

“At the end of the day, I guess I’m retiring because I didn’t think I could make it through another season," Unger said. "I’ve got some health issues and you kind of evaluate how you’re playing and where you see life after football going. And I just made the decision to retire."

Unger explained that he has some "lower body" issues that made it difficult for him to get into his stance and would require surgery. That process, he said, would take most of the offseason so he decided that it's simply time for him to leave the game. 

“Just looking back, I’m getting older,” he said. “There’s no way for me to replicate the play of me five years ago, or a couple of years ago, and that’s just the reality of life. And that’s a tough pill to swallow, too. But that factors in. Was I playing bad? No. Was I playing up to my standard? I don’t think so, either. So that was a factor.”

Sorry to see Unger go is Brees, who posted the following on Instagram: "I had the great honor of playing 62 games with Max Unger as my center. There is no better teammate or leader. I’m going to miss you brother." 

The deal worked out well for the Saints, who in the process also got a first-round pick from Seattle, making the exchange highway robbery. The move, Unger said, surprised him when it happened. 

“I was not expecting to be traded,” he said. “I loved my time in Seattle, I liked living up there, I was close to a lot of things. It was a good setup for me. And then I got traded down here, I’d never lived in the South, I’d only really ever lived on the West coast. Get down here, new city, new team, new system – it was hard. And then we kind of got into it. And it ended up working out.”

With his career over, Unger said he is looking forward to the next chapter in his life. 

“It’s not easy," he said. "This is obviously not…it’s not easy. There’s a lot of very close relationships and guys that I have a lot of respect for, and to have to call them and tell them this, it’s tough. But the last month, I think I came to the realization that I was done.”

What you need to know: Oregon Ducks basketball vs. Wisconsin Badgers

What you need to know: Oregon Ducks basketball vs. Wisconsin Badgers

Oregon is about as tough a 12-seed as you can draw in the NCAA Tournament. Pac-12 Tournament champions and on an 8-game winning streak, the Ducks’ defensive prowess has become highly entertaining to watch.

Fun fact: Oregon is the most bet on team AND the matchup has the lowest over-under line in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Defensive surge: In the last eight games, Oregon is holding opponents to shooting 34.6 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from three. Also, the Ducks have held opponents to 62 points or less during the winning streak, except the overtime win against Arizona State in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals.

Records: Oregon (23-12), Wisconsin (23-10)

History: Friday will mark the third time in the last six years that Oregon and Wisconsin have met on March 22 in the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin won the first two NCAA meetings and is 5-2 all-time versus the Ducks.

The Badgers have won 10 of their last 11 opening-round NCAA tournament games, holding teams to 55.9 points per game in the initial game.

All Hail Dana Altman: With four wins in the 2019 Pac-12 Tournament, Dana Altman became the winningest coach in Tournament history (19), surpassing Arizona’s Sean Miller. Oregon and Altman have finalized a contract extension through the 2025-26 season.

High Flying Ducks

When Payton Pritchard goes, the Ducks go: He is averaging 15.8 points per game with 39 assists, 22 steals and just 11 turnovers during Oregon’s eight-game winning streak.

This will be a particularly important game for the junior guard to stay hot; during the Pac-12 Tournament he had 22 assists with only four turnovers. Pritchard’s final bucket in the tournament was a nasty dunk and a smile that solidified him as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Louis King is coming off of a great Pac-12 Tournament; scoring in double figures in all four games and named to the Pac-12 all-tournament team.

The 6-foot-9 forward scored in double figures in all but two Pac-12 games to become the No. 2 freshman scorer in conference play, averaging 14.5 points per game.

Kenny Wooten swatted his way to four blocked shots in the Pac-12 Tournament title game. He finished the tournament with 10, a new Pac-12 record and the Ducks set the Pac-12 Tournament record for blocks with 23.

Badgers to keep an eye on

Wisconsin has one of the best players in the entire tournament in Ethan Happ. The four-year starter averages 17.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, which makes him the nation's only player averaging at least 16.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 4.0 apg. He’s on constant double-double watch; he ranks 5th in the NCAA with 21 double-doubles, tying the Wisconsin school record that has stood for 50 years. 

Wisconsin led the Big Ten, allowing just 60.3 points per game during conference play. Overall, the Badgers are 9th in the NCAA allowing 61.4 points per game.

The Badgers like to control the inside. They outscored opponents in the paint every game except two in conference play.

Prediction: Oregon and Wisconsin have similarities in slow offensive pace and a stingy defense. I think this game will come down to turnovers and points off turnovers. The Ducks have excelled at forcing turnovers and average 7.8 steals per game. If Pritchard stays hot and Ducks can come up with a plan to slow down Happ, I predict Oregon will win its first round matchup.

How and where to watch

Time: Friday, March 22, 1:35 p.m

Where: SAP Center, San Jose, California

TV: TBS

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Tennessee Titans' quarterback Marcus Mariota's NFL career is at a crossroads

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Tennessee Titans' quarterback Marcus Mariota's NFL career is at a crossroads

Former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota shouldn't be considered a bust four years into his NFL career with the Tennessee Titans. That designation would be patently unfair. 

However, it's clear that the 2014 Heisman Trophy recipient has yet to distinguish himself as a star in the NFL, of as even a legitimate building block at the most important position for a potential championship contender. 

A proper grade for Mariota's career to date would be: Incomplete. 

For that reason, and the realities of financial obligations surrounding the most important single position in any team sport, Tennessee was wise to acquire quarterback Ryan Tannehill and a sixth-round pick in 2019 for a fourth-round pick in 2020 and a seventh-round pick this year.

Mariota is due to make $21 million this season on the final year of his rookie deal. Tennessee has not indicated that it will seek to sign Mariota, 25, to an extension until after he proves himself this upcoming season. And why should they? Mariota has not demonstrated that he is worthy a team tying up $100 million with huge long-term cap hits to a quarterback that has not proven to be a franchise guy. 

That's exactly the reason why Miami moved Tannehill, 30, after seven seasons with the Dolphins. In 2015, he signed a contract extension worth $96 million that tied him to Miami through 2020. But instead of continuing with that deal, Miami decided to move on from Tannehill and take a cap hit of about $13.4 million this season in order to free up money sooner and find another quarterback in the process. 

Miami took a chance on Tannehill and it didn't pay off. Tennessee is trying to avoid making the same mistake with Mariota and has signed Tannehill as insurance in case the former Duck is injured or simply does not perform well. The Titans will be in a position to either sign Mariota long-term should he elevate his play, or franchise tag him in 2020 and make him prove it again, or let him go with no cap ramifications and go with Tannehill in 2020, or completely start over at quarterback without a huge financial obligation at that position. 

Titans general manager Jon Robinson has stated that Mariota is the starter and that Tannehill is being brought in as the backup. But he is no ordinary backup. He is a former full-time starter that has had some success and would offer a much better option to turn to than Blaine Gabbert did last season. 

Robinson met with the media today and talked about Mariota's progress from his injury that slowed him last season. 

“He said he's feeling good, working out and moving around, throwing,” Robinson said told reporters. “I think he's going to come back here a little bit before the appointed time (April 15) and get some work in. I'm looking forward to getting back to work with him, excited to have him back on our football team. Look forward to it.”

Mariota has been brilliant at times. In his second season he passed fro 26 touchdowns with nine interceptions and appeared to be on the fast track to stardom. But his season ended late in the year when he fractured his fibula. The impacts of that injury appeared to linger the following season and he regressed, passing for just 13 touchdowns with 15 interceptions. Tennessee used a potent running game and solid defense to overcome the lack of a quality passing game and reached the playoffs where Mariota orchestrated a second-half comeback at Kansas City that resulted in a playoff victory for the Titans. 

Last season, Mariota began slowly after an elbow injury cost him some time. But he was magnificent on several occasions.

  • Sept. 30 vs. Philadelphia: Mariota had arguably his best performance as a professional when he threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns with one interception and had the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime to defeat Philadelphia 26-23. He also rushed for a touchdown. 
  • Nov. 5 at Dallas: Mariota threw for 240 yards on 21-of-29 passing with two touchdowns and ran for another in a 28-14 Monday night win at the Cowboys.
  • Nov. 11 vs. New England: Mariota completed 16 of 24 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in a 34-10 win over New England.
  • Nov. 26 at Houston: Mariota completed 22 of 23 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the Texans. 

 

The problem was that Mariota had trouble staying healthy, twice going down with injuries. He also closed the season with zero touchdown passes over his final three appearances, all victories, to finish with 11 touchdown passes and eight interceptions on the season. 

In 29 starts over the past two years, Mariota has thrown just 24 touchdowns with 23 interceptions. Compare those numbers to Tannehill​​​​​​'s final two healthy seasons in Miami (he missed the entire 2017 season with a knee injury) when over 24 starts he threw for 36 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. 

On paper, one would wonder why Tennessee is even bothering with allowing Mariota to be the presumptive starter in 2019. But there are plenty of reasons why one shouldn't give up on Mariota just yet. 

First, and maybe foremost, he has had three head coach in four seasons. Ken Whisenhunt was the man in 2015 when the Titans drafted Mariota but was let go after a 1-6 start and replaced by Mike Mularkey.  Mariota had his best season under Mularkey and won a playoff game the following season. But, the Titans let him go following the 2017 season to hired Mike Vrabel. He is now on his second offensive coordinator after Matt LaFleur left Tennessee after one season to take the same job in Green Bay. The Titans elevated former tight ends coach Arthur Smith to offensive coordinator. 

Needless to say, a revolving door of head coaches and offensive coordinators is not very quarterback friendly. 

Also, Tennessee has been very average at wide receiver during Mariota's career. Dorial Green-Beckham led team wide receivers in 2015 with 549 yards. Rishard Matthews led the team in 2016 with 945 yards and in 2017 with 795. Corey Davis, the fifth-overall pick in 2017, led Titans' wide receivers with 891 last year and appears to be on track to becoming a legit star. Maybe. 

The lack of a true No. 1 receiver over the years and then the season-ending injury to tight end Delanie Walker last season, have certainly worked against Mariota's progress as a quarterback. But blaming the receivers only goes so far. 

What we know about Mariota is that he still can move around at an elite level with his feet, he is extremely accurate on short and intermediate throws and he doesn't make a ton of mistakes, although he still suffers from some ball security issues in the pocket that popped up from time to time when he was at Oregon. 

Mariota, just like when he was at Oregon, has not proven to be a great downfield passer. He doesn't scare teams deep. Your best NFL quarterbacks - Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes II, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson, etc,. - can all strike fear in the hearts of defenses with the threat of the long touchdown pass. With Mariota, so far, not so much. 

One thing that must be pointed out is that Mariota's overall efficiency last season was at a career high. His passer rating of 92.3 ranks behind his second season (95.6) only if we include the two interceptions he threw during the season-opening loss to Miami that occurred on two throws made after he injured his right elbow and still tried to play through the numbness in his passing hand. 

Take those passes out of the equation and Mariota's passer rating pops up a bit to a career-high of 96.6. But that would only rank 15th in the NFL during an era when a rating of 100 or better is the gold standard. 

Plus, with the season on the line, Mariota was unable to play against the Colts in the final regular season game. The Titans, who started Gabbert, lost 33-17. 

It's safe to say that the 2019 season is Mariota's final audition for the Titans in an attempt to convince them to give him a fat new contract. He must stay healthy. Put up 35-30 total touchdowns. Lead the team to the playoffs. And show that he is worthy of a long-term investment.

Should he fail, Mariota could be on the move next season and it might be to find a job similar to the one Tannehill has now. 

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

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

After Oregon's victory in the Redbox Bowl, Ducks star wide receiver Dillon Mitchell told the media he was undecided on whether he would stay for his senior season or declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Mitchell felt fans didn't get the full story and wanted to clear up why he made his decision. In an exclusive one-on-one with Dillon Mitchell and NBC Sports NW's Oregon Duck Insider, Bri Amaranthus, he dives into how his decision played out. 

Which teams did Mitchell meet with at the NFL Combine? Also, apparently Mitchell's family are quite the Oakland Raiders fans, man cave and all!

As Oregon's single-season receiving yards record holder, Mitchell looks back on his chemistry he had with quarterback Justin Herbert. Also, no surprise his favorite memory from last season was beating rival Washington.

Which NFL player does Mitchell model his game after?

Stay tuned for more updates on Mitchell. The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 25. 

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Oregon most bet on team in the NCAA Tournament: Should you take the gamble?

Oregon most bet on team in the NCAA Tournament: Should you take the gamble?

The NCAA Tournament announcement comes with the excitement of filling out your bracket and maybe placing some bets.

Every year, March is a little mad, which causes fans to study and search for their Cinderella(s) and sure bets. Will Saint Mary’s pull the upset over Villanova? Are you picking UC Irvine to be the next UMBC? What about the Ducks?

No. 12 seed Oregon will play No. 5 seed Wisconsin in the first round of the South Region. The latest line has Wisconsin as a 1-point favorite and a 118 total point over/under (lowest of any first-round game in the NCAA Tournament). Turns out, the matchup has become the most bet on game in the NCAA Tournament. 

What should you do?  A look at recent history shows that putting money down for the Ducks has paid out. Oregon has made a drastic change in the last three weeks and are riding an eight-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament, including four victories to become Pac-12 Tournament champions. Oregon won six of those eight games by double-digits.

Most importantly (for your wallet) in each of those wins, Oregon has covered the spread.

3/16/19 Oregon vs. UW: The Ducks were 1.5-point favorites and beat the Huskies by 20 points.

3/15/19 Oregon vs. ASU: The Ducks were 2-point favorites and beat the Sun Devils by 4 points.

3/14/19 Oregon vs. Utah: The Ducks were 4.5-point favorites and beat the Utes by 12 points.

3/13/19 Oregon vs. WSU: The Ducks were 11.5-point favorites and beat the Cougars by 33 points.

3/9/19 Oregon at UW: The Ducks were 6-point under dogs and beat the Huskies by 8 points.

3/6/19 Oregon at WSU: The Ducks were 7-point favorites and beat the Cougars by 11 points.

3/2/19 Oregon vs. Arizona: The Ducks were 4.5-point favorites and beat the Wildcats by 26 points.

2/28/19 Oregon vs. ASU: The Ducks were 1.5-point favorites and beat the Sun Devils by 28 points.

 

Another note (for your wallet)… Every game has gone under, except the overtime win against Arizona State in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals.

3/16/19 Oregon vs. UW over/under 119.5 total points: Result: 116 points, under

3/15/19 Oregon vs. ASU over/under 134 total points: Result: 154 points, over

3/14/19 Oregon vs. Utah over/under 137 total points: Result: 120 points, under

3/13/19 Oregon vs. WSU over/under 137 total points: Result: 135 points, under

3/9/19 Oregon at UW over/under 124.5 total points: Result: 102 points, under

3/6/19 Oregon at WSU over/under 142.5 total points: Result: 133 points, under

3/2/19 Oregon vs. Arizona over/under 130 total points: Result: 120 points, under

2/28/19 Oregon vs. ASU over/under 138 total points: Result: 130 points, under

(All odds via Bovada)

Oregon’s defensive prowess has become highly entertaining to watch. But can the Ducks slow down Wisconsin’s top offensive player and four-year starter, Ethan Happ? Don’t come pounding on my door if Oregon loses or it goes over, but I had to point out the trend. If you’ve been betting the Ducks and the under, you’ve been making some major money.

Leaked NCAA women’s tournament bracket reveals Ducks as No. 2 seed

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Leaked NCAA women’s tournament bracket reveals Ducks as No. 2 seed

Selection Monday came four hours earlier than expected, but we now know the Oregon women’s basketball team is dancing in the NCAA Tournament.

Oregon (29-4) will play as the No. 2 seed in the Portland Region, hosting 15-seed Portland State (25-7) in the first round on Friday at 6 p.m. Both the first and second rounds of the tournament will be held at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon’s 21-10 all-time against Portland State and 26-2 in the team’s last two meetings. If the Ducks advance Friday, they will face the winner of No. 7 Texas and No. 10 Indiana on Sunday in Eugene.

Oregon could quite possibly play in its home state all the way to the Final Four. The Moda Center in Portland will host two semifinal games on March 29 and the regional championship game on March 31.

Last season, the Ducks made it to the Elite Eight, falling to eventual NCAA champions, No. 1 Notre Dame. Oregon will once again look to make it to the Final Four, a feat the Ducks have yet to accomplish in program history. 

ESPN inadvertently leaked the NCAA Tournament bracket four hours early on Monday. As a result, teams around the country canceled their selection show watch party. Oregon was one of them.