It’s never too early to start thinking about college basketball, right? Mark your calendars because the 2018-2019 Pac-12 men’s basketball schedule was just released this morning. Let’s take a quick glance at the good and the bad of this upcoming season for the Oregon Ducks.
Coming off a 23-13 overall record, going 10-8 in conference play, and a disappointing NIT finish, the Oregon Ducks look to turn the page and start a new chapter with the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation.
The full schedule, including non-conference games and tournaments, can be found HERE.
(HOME GAMES are in bold).
Sat., Jan 5th: Oregon vs. Oregon State (Eugene, Oregon)
Thurs., Jan 10th: Oregon vs. UCLA (Eugene, Oregon)
Sun., Jan 13th: USC vs. Oregon (Eugene, Oregon)
Thurs., Jan 17th: Oregon at Arizona (Tucson, Arizona)
Sat., Jan 19th: Oregon at Arizona State (Tempe, Arizona)
Thurs., Jan 24th: Oregon vs. Washington (Eugene, Oregon)
Sun., Jan 27th: Oregon vs. Washington State (Eugene, Oregon)
Thurs., Jan 31st: Oregon at Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Sat., Feb 2nd: Oregon at Colorado (Boulder, Colorado)
Wed., Feb 6th: Oregon vs. California (Eugene, Oregon)
Sun., Feb 10th: Oregon vs. Stanford (Eugene, Oregon)
Sat., Feb 16th: Oregon at Oregon State (Corvallis, Oregon)
Thurs., Feb 21st: Oregon at USC (Los Angeles, California)
Sun., Feb 23rd: Oregon at UCLA (Los Angeles, California)
Thurs., Feb 28th: Oregon vs. Arizona State (Eugene, Oregon)
Sat., Mar 2nd: Oregon vs. Arizona (Eugene, Oregon)
Wed., Mar 6th: Oregon at Washington State (Pullman, Washington)
Sat., Mar 9th: Oregon at Washington (Seattle, Washington)
March 13-16 Pac-12 Tournament, Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Oregon plays the Bay Area schools only once this season. The Ducks have continuously struggled against both Stanford and CAL each year, and the better news, both these teams come to Eugene, Oregon this season.
- Oregon (10-8 Pac-12 record last season) will face both the Arizona schools and both the Southern California schools twice. Arizona (14-4 Pac-12 record) finished at the top of the Pac-12 conference last season with USC (12-6 Pac-12) finishing second, UCLA (11-7 Pac-12) fourth, and Arizona State (8-10 Pac-12) ninth.
- Oregon’s last home-stand against the Arizona schools only places one day in between game days. Meaning, the Ducks will have just Friday to prepare for the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday after playing ASU Thursday night, compared to a typical schedule where teams would have two days in between games.
- Oregon has still yet to win in Boulder, Colorado. That's right. That 2016-2017 Oregon squad who went 16-2 in conference play lead by Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey, and Jordan Bell, could not break the Colorado curse. Could this season be the one?
Notable returners for the Ducks are junior starting point guard Payton Pritchard, sophomore forward Kenny Wooten, sophomore guard Victor Bailey Jr., and redshirt senior forward Paul White.
But most eyes will fall on this impressive incoming freshman class that head coach Dana Altman has recruited including: 7’2” center Bol Bol, guard Will Richardson, forward Louis King, and forward Miles Norris.