Pepsi Dual-meet Showcases UO Wins Against Arizona

Photo: Brian Wright

Photo: Brian Wright

Saturday April 5, 2014
Hayward Field, Eugene Oregon

Over the last two decades, track programs have changed their focus to develop a small group of elite athletes, versus fielding large teams that can be competitive across all 17 track and field events. It’s no wonder, then, that track and field fans get extra excited to attend the rare dual-meet at Hayward Field, as this format harkens back to the heyday of one-on-one matchups.

It’s safe to say that Oregon has adapted the new approach and has its superstars, but as a pleasant surprise, both the men’s and women’s team this year are deep in talent and can compete in every event. The Oregon men’s team won 15 events and the UO women won 16. This impressive feat shows that Oregon is a team to be reckoned with at Nationals this June 11-14.

Photo: Brian Wright

Photo: Brian Wright

The women of Oregon showed some great highlights with Laura Roesler winning the 800 meters in a meet [...]
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Sun Shines on Oregon Track and Field at Preview

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Photo: Brian Wright

Photo: Brian Wright

Normally when I wake the morning of the Oregon Preview, I need to prepare myself for a wet-weather trip to the season’s home opener. This year, however, to my surprise and delight, the sun was out and providing a few rays of light for the university’s legacy sport at a meet designed to showcase Oregon’s track and field athletes.

Facilities_webWhat makes an Oregon track meet special is that it is hosted in the center of campus at historic Hayward Field. I could feel the excitement build as I drive my car down Agate Street after hearing announcements booming over the PA system. Adding to the growing enthusiasm was seeing Oregon track and field fans hurriedly walk into Hayward by the hundreds after parking their cars in the adjacent campus neighborhoods.

The university’s track facilities are the best in the world and that is why so many of the USA Olympic Trials have taken place here. As a former Oregon hurdler, I’ve visited different track facilities around [...]
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Men’s Basketball: Ducks See an Opportunity To Create Madness, Starting With BYU

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Photo: Michael Shaw/Emerald

Photo: Michael Shaw/Emerald

It’s finally here! Productivity will slow to a crawl, as employees everywhere will have one eye on their bracket, and another on the TV, amid countless dollars dump-trucked into office pools all over the country.

The madness began on Sunday when the tournament selection committee announced seeding and matchups for the NCAA tournament, which included a 7-seed for your Oregon Ducks and a rematch with BYU. Play-in games are all wrapped up, which means that it’s time for the 64 remaining teams to scratch and claw their way up the ladder for a chance to cut down the nets.

Early in the season Duck fans marked the BYU game on their calendars. It was December 21st—the last game that the Ducks would play before Christmas—and two of the highest scoring teams in the country joined forces to put on one heck of a show. In the end, the Ducks outlasted and eventually outscored the Cougars, illuminating every pixel on the scoreboard on the way to a 100-96 overtime victory.

This time around the Cougars will [...]
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Men’s Basketball: Ducks Fall To Eventual Champion UCLA, Look Forward To Rematch With BYU

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Photo: Michael Shaw/Emerald

Photo: Michael Shaw/Emerald

It was a swift, unceremonious kick in the pants for Dana Altman’s Ducks on their way out of the conference tournament. A “don’t let the door hit you on the way out” type of goodbye, provided by one of the conference’s elite teams.

Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson were back, and could seemingly do no wrong on Thursday. The two combined for 26 points, 7 assists and 13 rebounds to lead the Bruins to an 82-63 victory over the Ducks. Anderson’s skill set was on full display, as he consistently passed up good shots for himself in order to get great shots for his teammates. The Wear twins were perhaps the main beneficiaries, rewarding Anderson’s good passing by knocking down open looks. The combination of the Wear twins provided 25 points for the Bruins, as well as 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

Joseph Young was the lone bright spot for the guys in green and yellow, single handedly mounting several comebacks early in the second half, but none were able to stick. Outside of the [...]
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Men’s Basketball: Ducks Blow By The Beavs 88-74, Look Ahead To Bruins

Photo: Ryan Kang/Emerald

Photo: Ryan Kang/Emerald

It’s a little known fact that there are two players on the current men’s basketball roster that attended Grant High School, in northeast Portland—my alma mater. The first, and most obvious, is a guy by the name of Mike Moser. In fact, Mike and I were weightlifting partners during my senior year of high school, when he was a junior. He was a 6’7” beanpole, and the best basketball player at the school, while I was 5’8”, 125 pounds soaking wet, and the #1 golfer. Somehow it turned out that the two of us lifted the same amount of weight, and were therefore a match made in weightlifting heaven. Coach Griffin, the weightlifting instructor, said, “You guys are going to make each other better. Stronger,” with the quintessential gruffness present in the voice of seemingly any football or weightlifting coach to ever walk this earth. I can’t quite remember whether or not we got markedly bulkier that year, but I can certainly tell that Mike has put in some work in my absence.

The second [...]
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Men’s Basketball: First Round Of Pac-12 Tournament, Ducks VS Beavers

Photo: Andrew Seng/Emerald

Photo: Andrew Seng/Emerald

Who: Ducks and Beavs
When: Wednesday, March 12th, 6 PM PT
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Vegas Says: Ducks -6.5

If there is a Pac-12 God out there, he’s either a Duck, or he’s a Beaver fan, and he’s given both schools an opportunity to call themselves winner of the season series. The outcome of tonight’s game should answer the question of his fanhood.

The Ducks and Beavers split the regular season series, each winning on their home court. Both teams badly want a win in this game, but the win-loss scenarios are different according to which bench you’re standing behind.

While the Ducks have a chance to improve their seeding in “The Big Dance,” the Beavers are still hoping just to get in. Their tournament hopes live and die by the outcome of the Pac-12 tournament, and whether or not their names are eventually etched into the trophy. Short of a string of championship victories in Vegas, the Beavers will be left out of the Madness in March, [...]
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Men’s Basketball: Ducks Defeat #3 Arizona

Photo: Ryan Kang/Emerald

Photo: Ryan Kang/Emerald

The Ducks rounded out the regular season by winning their 7th game straight, and did so against the #3 ranked team in the country. The win puts a shine on the end of a season that could have easily snowballed in the wrong direction early in conference play, but the guys kept fighting, and now the streaky Ducks are heading in the right direction at the right time.

Before we dig into the game, let’s take a moment to put the NCAA tournament questions to bed. The selection committee is indeed a fickle beast, but if I had to bet my right leg on the Ducks making or missing the tournament I’d confidently say that they’re in (and then close my eyes, turn my head and breath through my teeth…). Despite drawing a 7 seed in the Pac-12 tournament, the Ducks are 27th in the country in RPI, 16th in BPI, and knocking on the door of the AP top 25 once again. That should be plenty to get them a bid, and the Pac-12 [...]
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Men’s Basketball: Bubbletology, and Arizona on Saturday

Photo: Ryan Kang/Emerald

Photo: Ryan Kang/Emerald

It’s official. The final regular season game is staring the Ducks in the face, and the implications of the outcome could be huge in terms of the NCAA tournament picture.

The nice thing about having a single game left is that the win-loss scenarios are relatively simple. Here’s how I think it shapes up given a win, or a loss, against Arizona on Saturday…

IF-WIN: The Ducks are in the NCAA tournament.

Arizona would be the best win by leaps and bounds that Altman’s guys have put together this season. Barring an early exit to a high seed in the Pac-12 tournament, the Wildcats are going to be a #1 seed come tournament time, and could very well be the #1 overall, given a favorable series of events coming down the stretch. Currently they’re the #3 team in the country, but ranked #1 in both RPI and BPI by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.

If the Ducks can pull off the victory over Arizona they’ll have an opportunity to use the conference tournament as a way to [...]
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Men’s Basketball: Ducks Sweep In L.A.

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Photo: Taylor Wilder/Emerald

Photo: Taylor Wilder/Emerald

The Ducks played their final true away games last week at UCLA and USC, and emerged victorious in both. The win at UCLA was enough to get them into Joe Lunardi’s “last four in”, and the win at USC was enough to keep them from getting a swift and unceremonious boot from the pool of tournament hopefuls.


Ducks Outlast Bruins in Second Overtime, 87-83

For much of the season it was hard not to miss a guy named Arsalan Kazemi, who played the role of hero on numerous occasions last year by pulling down crucial rebounds and making difficult and-one putbacks. Mike Moser was slotted to fill that role this year, but had come up short at least in terms of Arzalan’s 9.9 rebounds per game. Thursday’s game at UCLA was a different story though, as Mike pulled down a monstrous 20 rebounds to go with his 12 points, 5 assists, 1 block and 1 steal.

The Ducks steadily built a lead throughout the game that reached 12 points at halftime, and as [...]
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March 1939: Before the Madness—The Story of the First NCAA Basketball Tournament Champions

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Photo: Natalie Kinley

Photo: Natalie Kinley

If you’re an Oregon Ducks fan and/or into basketball, you’ve probably heard about the Webfoots and the first NCAA basketball tournament, but I guarantee that you’ve never heard the story the way Terry Frei tells it in March 1939: Before the Madness—The Story of the First NCAA Basketball Tournament Champions. As a narrative historian, Frei has the expertise to give the story new meaning and perspective. It also doesn’t hurt that his father was Jerry Frei, who coached University of Oregon football for 17 seasons, between 1955 and 1971; Terry and his siblings cut their teeth on Oregon sports.

What is unique about Frei’s account is that he places the reader solidly in the world of 1939. This is basketball history, for sure, but it is also world history. Frei rightfully sets the buildup to the first ever NCAA tournament against the backdrop of the buildup to WWII. You probably know the facts as well as I do; the first NCAA playoffs happened in March of 1939, when the Second Sino-Japanese War was raging and [...]
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