Fresh off a Final Four run, the Oregon women’s basketball program is entering the 2019 season as a strong favorite to win the national title. The Ducks have elevated their standard and discarded its “newbie” title among the nation’s elite.
Now, there is only one thing left to do… Win it all. But first, Oregon has to take care of business in the Pac-12 Conference. On Thursday, the Pac-12 released its finalized regular season game times and TV networks. Here are three takeaways from the Ducks’ 2019-20 season schedule.
CIRCLE IN RED
Oregon will take on defending Pac-12 Tournament Champion Stanford twice this season, both broadcasted by ESPN. The battles between the Pac-12 Regular Season Champion Ducks and the Cardinal tip of on Jan. 16 in Eugene and at Feb. 24 at Stanford.
ALL EYES ON WOMEN’S HOOPS
For the first time, all 108 Pac-12 Conference matchups will be televised, 104 of which will air on Pac-12 Networks. Oregon’s games vs. Stanford and at Corvallis against rival Oregon State, who is coming off a Sweet 16 appearance, will be televised by ESPN on Jan. 26.
NON-CONFERENCE SLATE A GOOD TEST
Out of the Ducks' 12 total non-conference opponents, five were NCAA Tournament teams a year ago: UConn, Louisville, South Dakota State, Syracuse and Kansas State.
Oregon returns most of its team including rising stars Satou Sabally, Erin Boley, Nyara Sabally and a very-determined Sabrina Ionescu, who opted to stay at Oregon with one more accolade in mind; a national championship.
Three Ducks are projected to go in the first round of the 2020 WNBA draft, with Ionescu picked to be the No. 1 selection, according to ESPN.
But first, the back-to-back Pac-12 Conference regular season champions have unfinished business.