LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 12:  Oregon Ducks mascot The Duck plays basketball before a quarterfinal game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Oregon won 93-85.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

UTAH (6-4) 17-6 @ OREGON (8-2) 19-4

    By Eric Sloat So, after their game against the Beavers, when Jordan Loveridge sank 3 free throws to put the Utes up, 69-68 with 2.2 left in the game only to have guard, Brian Taylor foul Stevie Thompson, Jr. at mid-court with .1 to go, sending him to the line where he made […]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 14: Elgin Cook #23 of the Oregon Ducks tries to drive past Kyle Kuzma #35 of the Utah Utes in the second half of the Ducks 77-59 win at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on January 14, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

DUCKS STAMPEDE OVER THE BUFFALOES, 76-56

    By Eric Sloat Payback’s a B—-h for the Buffaloes. After being overmatched by Colorado in their place, the Ducks needed to take control of this one; the earlier and better. The Buffaloes did score first, but after Chris Boucher nailed one of his patented baseline 3’s, the Ducks took the lead and never […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 5:  The Oregon Ducks mascot encourages fans against the Arizona Wildcats on December 5, 2014 during the Pac-12 Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.  Oregon won 51-13.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

COLORADO (6-3) 17-5 @ OREGON (7-2) 18-4

    By Eric Sloat The Ducks haven’t lost a conference game since the Buffaloes knocked out a 91-87 win over them in Boulder. Before then, the Ducks had won the last two, 73-60 at MKA and 93-85 in the opening round of the conference tournament. Basketball games against Colorado are kind of like the […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 17:  A PAC-12 logo is seen during the PAC-12 Men's Basketball Media Day on October 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

PAC-12 POWER RANKINGS VII

  By Eric Sloat One team is alone in first place; the Oregon Ducks at 7-2. Four others, Utah, currently on a 5 game winning streak, Colorado, USC and Washington are tied in second place at 6-3. Arizona is in 6th at 5-4. At 4-5, in 7th place are California, Stanford and UCLA. Oregon State […]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 14: Dillon Brooks #24 and Chris Boucher #25 of the Oregon Ducks celebrate their 77-59 win over the Utah Utes at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on January 14, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

DUCKS DOUSE THE DEVILS 91-74

    By Eric Sloat Okay, it clearly doesn’t matter what kind of start to a game the Ducks have. Against Arizona they were down big early, battled back, and won. Against Arizona State, the Ducks were hot at the start, blew a 13-0 lead; but ended up ahead by two at the half, and […]

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 01:  Michigan Wolverines head football coach Brady Hoke watches the action from the sidelines during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium on November 1 , 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Hoosiers 34-10.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

4* LB, KEITH SIMMS COMMITS TO DUCKS

      By Eric Sloat It was the in-home visit that did it. According to reports the impression that the Oregon coaches made on Keith Simms and his family was so good that he is leaving Maryland and going across the country to play linebacker for the Oregon Ducks.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 12:  Oregon Ducks mascot The Duck performs during a first-round game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament against the Oregon State Beavers at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Oregon won 88-74.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

OREGON (6-2) 17-4 @ ARIZONA STATE (2-6) 12-9

                                                                                By Eric Sloat The Sun Devils, under first year coach, Bobby Hurley started the season off great, after their 67-54 beating of #5 Texas A&M, they stood at 6-2. It hasn’t gone as smoothly since conference play began however; 1-3 in their first four, then 3 straight close losses, Washington, 89-85, @ Cal, […]

during the second half of the college basketball game at McKale Center on January 28, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona. The Ducks defeated the Wildcats 83-75.

OREGON SNAPS WINNING STREAK, BEATS ARIZONA 83-75

      By ERIC SLOAT Remember; back when I wrote that it was very important that the Ducks get off to a good, maybe even great start, if they were going to have any chance of beating the Wildcats? Well, so much for that. A Casey Benson jumper tied the score at 2. But […]

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 01:  Michigan Wolverines head football coach Brady Hoke watches the action from the sidelines during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium on November 1 , 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Hoosiers 34-10.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

HELFRICH AND HOKE SEEING STARS

By Eric Sloat   Hoping for a knockout punch on National Signing Day next Wednesday, Head Coach, Mark Helfrich and Defensive Coordinator have made landings in the homes of two highly sought after defensive standouts. The first stop was in Bethesda, MA. to meet with 4* LB, Keith Simms and his family. The meeting seemed […]

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The epic fail in Oregon’s 9-4 season

Mark Helfrich and the  2015 Ducks deserve a lot of credit for battling back from a disappointing 3-3 start, particularly in winning back-to-back games against Stanford and USC in November. The off season decision to bring in Vernon Adams and Matt Hegarty was particularly brilliant. This was a 5-7 football team without them. It took […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 17:  A PAC-12 logo is seen during the PAC-12 Men's Basketball Media Day on October 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

PAC-12 POWER RANKINGS WEEK V

  By Eric Sloat With a sweep of USC and UCLA the Ducks ascended to a first place tie, with Washington, at 5-1. After sweeping, the Cougars and Huskies, Utah joins, Cal, who swept ASU and Arizona, Colorado, that split with Huskies and Cougars, Stanford, split with Arizona and ASU, and USC, that lost both […]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 14: Dillon Brooks #24 of the Oregon Ducks brings the ball up court in the second half of the Ducks 77-59 win over the Utah Utes at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on January 14, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

DUCKS MAUL BRUINS 86-72

      By Eric Sloat One sign that marks a team of being good is when it has a big win and then comes out and picks up another the very next game; and the Ducks did just that. On Thursday they beat USC for the 11th straight time, and in front of a […]

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UCLA (3-3) 12-7 @ OREGON (4-2) 14-4

  By Eric Sloat This season’s UCLA Bruins basketball team is exactly what Forrest Gump philosophized, “you never know what you’re going to get.” The Bruins opened the season losing to Monmouth; at the time it was like Michigan losing to Appalachia State; of course now, Monmouth doesn’t just have the most entertaining bench in […]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 14: Dwayne Benjamin #0 of the Oregon Ducks reacts to a foul call in the first half against the Utah Utes at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on January 14, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

DUCKS CONQUER THE TROJANS 89-81

      By Eric Sloat Well, actually the Ducks did not get off to a great start; the Trojans had 4 on the board after the first 30 seconds, and led 10-4, in what turned out to be their largest lead in the game, after two minutes. Elgin Cook had the 4 for the […]

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USC (4-1) 15-3 @ Oregon (3-2) 14-4

  By Eric Sloat For quite a while now, USC has been the tag along when the LA schools were mentioned in basketball talks; but the Trojans are the center of discussion now. The last two years USC was 5-31 in conference play under Coach Andy Einfeld; this year their only loss so far was […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 17:  A PAC-12 logo is seen during the PAC-12 Men's Basketball Media Day on October 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

PAC-12 POWER 6 WEEK IV

  By Eric Sloat This is going to be a crazy, competitive and confounding conference season. The Arizona Wildcats dropped two games last week; this week they blasted co-leader, Washington, 96-64. Meanwhile, the other co-leader, USC, smacked UCLA 89-75, at Pauley. ASU beat WSU, 84-73, and lost a close one to the Huskies, 89-85. The […]

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12:  Head coach Mark Helfrich of the Oregon Ducks speaks to the media after being defeated by the Ohio State Buckeyes during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Oregon Ducks 42 to 20.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Helfrich trumps critics, wins the room with bold off season moves

After running on a platform of continuity in his first term Mark Helfrich became the change candidate last week,  adding veteran campaigners Brady Hoke and David Yost to a staff that had sagged in the polls for much of the winter. Meeting the press on Sunday Helfrich reworked his stump speech, declaring “we’re in the […]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 14: Dillon Brooks #24 of the Oregon Ducks brings the ball up court in the second half of the Ducks 77-59 win over the Utah Utes at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on January 14, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

Buffaloes Stomp The Ducks 91-87

  By Eric Sloat “The ball went to Colorado”, now, if you’re a partisan Ducks fan, you can amend that to, “the call went to Buffalo”; evidence, 11-17 free throw shooting for the Ducks to 25-32 for the Buffaloes, two Ducks fouling out, Dillon Brooks, Chris Boucher, while one Buffalo, George King, ended up with […]

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 13:  Oregon Ducks mascot The Duck gestures during a semifinal game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament against the Utah Utes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Oregon won 67-64.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Oregon (3-1) @ Colorado (2-2) 13-4

By Eric Sloat Going in to the weekend, the thinking was that if the Ducks were going to get a split, the win would come against Colorado. Now that the Ducks have already beaten the Utes, there is even more pressure on the Ducks to trample the Buffaloes and get the sweep. It’s good pressure […]

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