Which Civil War has greater importance: men's or women's?
Importance of men's Civil War
I would like to clarify that I do not think the men’s basketball Civil War is more important than the women’s. However, I would contend that Saturday’s show down between the Ducks and the Beavers has major implications for both men's programs’ futures. Why is it so important for the Oregon program?
- Bri Amaranthus
REASON 1 - The Big Dance
Every game is a must win to keep alive the Ducks’ Big Dance chances (and keep from being left out for the second year in a row).
Oregon’s best chance to make it into the NCAA Tournament is via the Pac-12 Conference’s automatic bid that goes to the Pac-12 Tournament winner. Oregon’s likelihood of success in the conference tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada would improve greatly by securing one of the top four seedings. The top four seeds automatically advance to the quarterfinal round while the other eight teams play an extra first-round game and must win four games in as many days.
With seven games left, Oregon is only one game out of second place. The conference standings are a cluttered mess, but the Ducks must beat the Beavers, who is another team fighting for a top four seed.
The Ducks’ game in Corvallis is the first of 5 road tests in their final 7 games and a win would set the tone for a late season push.
REASON 2 - Put away the brooms
Getting swept by the Beavers is unsettling for the Oregon program.
If Oregon State defeats Oregon it will be the first time the Beavers sweep the Civil War since the 2009-2010 season. Even with the injury plagued season that Oregon and coach Dana Altman have had, there is no doubt a sweep would indicate a shift in the basketball programs in the state of Oregon. This could also affect recruiting.
For Oregon State, a sweep in the Civil War would be a big milestone for coach Wayne Tinkle, who took the program over in 2014.
Importance of women's Civil War
Two top-10 teams, both in the same conference, both in the same state… Could you ask for anymore in this 93rd chapter of the women’s Civil War? I don’t think so…
The importance of this Civil War cannot be overstated.
- Ashley Young
REASON 1 - National Standings
No. 3 vs. No. 9. As of this week, the Oregon Ducks are a projected No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament next month (along with Baylor, Louisville, and Mississippi State). Oregon State is a projected No. 3 seed.
Looking ahead (Ducks): What’s on the line for the Ducks? A potential No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 tournament (next slide), hosting the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, and then traveling two hours north to Portland, OR for NCAA Regionals. Big time advantage.
Looking ahead (Beavers): Projected No. 2 seed in Pac-12 tournament (more on next slide) and projected No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. Which means the Beavers will most likely have to travel for their regional, but OSU has proven time and time again that they can beat top-seeded teams on the road in post season play: upset Tennessee 66-59 and Baylor 72-67 on the road last season.
REASON 2- Conference Standings
With just six games remaining in Pac-12 conference play, this will be the last time either Oregon or Oregon State will face a nationally ranked opponent. Both teams will host the southern California schools before finishing their seasons on the road in Arizona. The Ducks (23-1, 12-0 Pac-12) currently sit on top of the pack, but the Beavers (20-4, 10-2 Pac-12) are on their tail feathers in a close second place. If the Beavers can manage two wins over Oregon this weekend, they would take the lead.
But before March Madness, the madness of the Pac-12 tournament comes first. For the first time, the women’s Pac-12 tournament will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and we all know how important that No. 1 seed is, especially with four total top-10 teams in the nation within the Pac-12 conference (Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, and Arizona State).
REASON 3 - Bragging rights
Both the Ducks and Beavers have been on a collision course for a top-seeded Civil War showdown since this time last season. Coming into the 2018-2019 season, we knew both teams would be good once again. Both programs recruited well and both programs returned key players.
Prior to last season's defeat in Eugene, the Beavers had won 13-straight Civil Wars.
Friday’s showdown at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon is officially sold out as of Wednesday, Feb. 13.
This one is going to be good.