Northwest Athlete Profile: Luke Ridnour

Luke Ridnour created great memories for Ducks fans in the early-2000s.

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox profiles Northwest athlete Luke Ridnour. After a successful high school career in Washington, the point guard became a star with the Oregon Ducks. He went to the Elite 8, won Pac-10 Player of the Year and eventually returned to Washington when drafted by the Seattle Supersonics. Ridnour has spent time in the NBA with the MInnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks, but he will always be a product of the Pacific Northwest.

What can Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks do in 2013/14?

Oregon Duck Basketball Head Coach Dana Altman

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks basketball blogger Jason Hartzog talks about how the Ducks could potentially fare in their 2013-2014 basketball season. The Ducks can absolutely make it back to the NCAA Tournament next year. Another sweet-16 bid will be difficult, but I like their odds. Notable transfers such as Mike Moser, Joseph Young, and Jalil Abdul-Bassit all make this team a contender in the Pac-12.

Oregon basketball continues to add talent with transfers

Moser should immediately contribute.

NWSB Editor and Insider talks about the success Dana Altman has had in putting together great recruiting classes in his short time in Eugene. Taking the Ducks to the NIT in his second year, Altman and his group of top recruits found themselves near the top of the Pac-12 throughout the year and were even ranked as high as 10th in the nation. Chris says watch out for Mike Moser this year as well as possibly Joseph Young in 2013-14.

Oregon Basketball’s 2013 recruiting class…so far

Oregon Ducks

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Oregon’s 2013 basketball recruiting class…so far. Taking a look at the Oregon Ducks’ recruiting class, they have already signed seven players (if you include Tyree and Tyrell Robinson as basketball players as well as football players) and apparently still in the running for Anthony January, Jabari McGhee, and Brandon Rosser. Though they did miss out on five-star Aaron Gordon, the Ducks’ recruiting class is still a very good one that will bring in several players who will compliment the likes of Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson, and Ben Carter.

Three seniors Oregon basketball will miss the most

Carlos Emory was one of the top sixth men in the conference. (Alex McDougall/Daily Emerald)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his three seniors that the Oregon Ducks basketball team will most in 2013-2014. With all the praise and accolades that can be given to the Ducks basketball program, they will be without some of their best players in the coming years, as E.J. Singler, Arsalan Kazemi, Carlos Emory, and Tony Woods played their final season in 2012-2013. Catalysts part of Oregon’s run to the Sweet 16, the Ducks will surely miss the services of each and every one of them. And while all have their own special talents, fans of the Ducks will miss three of these guys the most.

Oregon upsets St. Louis to advance to Sweet 16

Oregon powered over St. Louis on Saturday. (USA Today Sports)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson recaps Oregon’s upset win over the St. Louis Billikens on Saturday. Forwarding their momentum from their victory over Oklahoma State, the Ducks used impressive efforts from Damyean Dotson and Arsalan Kazemi to keep their season going. Despite the win, however, the Ducks still need to cleanup their turnover issue and get Dominic Artis back to continuous production.

Oregon shuts down Marcus Smart, finishes off Cowboys

Oregon downed the Cowboys in the NCAA tournament. (AP Photo)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Oregon’s big win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Ducks used a furious attack on the boards as well as an impressive effort form the three-point line to ease past a dangerous OSU team. Eliminating the production of Marcus Smart as well as letting Arsalan Kazemi go beast mode were big contributions in giving Oregon the victory.

Oregon Ducks vs. Cowboys NCAA Tourney game notes, predictions and tweets!

Kazemi and Dotson were critical for Oregon this year. (US Presswire)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson previews Oregon’s NCAA tournament game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys that is slated for a 1:40pm tip. The Ducks are still dancing this year and will have a great shot to play the spoiler to Oklahoma State and prove to the nation that they deserved to be much higher than a 12-seed. The last time these two teams met on the court, Oregon took care of business and beat the Cowboys by 13 on December 28, 1987.

Oregon wins Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, earns 12 seed

The Oregon Ducks are your 2013 Pac-12 Tournament Champions (USA Today Sports)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Oregon’s recent performance in the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament as well as their 12 seed in the upcoming NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. While it was great to see the Ducks win the Pac-12 Tournament for the first time since 2008, their 12 seed is a complete joke and they deserve to be ranked higher. That being said, playing the underdog card throughout the rest of the season won’t be a bad thing, either.

Oregon Ducks vs. UCLA Bruins Pac 12 tournament finals preview

Utes vs. Ducks

NWSB insider and resident hoops blogger Steve Lee is back once again to give us his personal touch on the Pac-12 Tournament final. On Saturday its the Bruins vs. the Ducks for all the marbles. With multiple story lines present on Saturday night, the PAC12 Championship game has the makings of a great evening of hoops, one that will hopefully kick start putting the conference back on the NCAA basketball map.

Ducks vs. Utes Pac 12 Tournament Preview – Day 3

Ducks

NWSB insider and resident hoops blogger Steve Lee is back once again to give us his personal touch on the Pac-12 Tournament. On Friday its the Pac 12 Semi Finals. GAME 10 – 6:00pm #1 UCLA Bruins vs. #4 Arizona Wildcats, and then GAME 11 – 8:30pm #3 Oregon Ducks vs. #10 Utah Utes. Even though the two teams split their regular season meetings, the Ducks are entering the second semi-final game as favorites.

Oregon Ducks set to face Washington Huskies in Round 2

Are the Ducks priming for a big run?. (Photo: Scott Olmos/USA Today)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson previews the matchup between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies in the 2013 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Though the Huskies are coming off a win in the first round over the Washington State Cougars in thrilling fashion, the Ducks should be able to draw from their two prior victories over Washington and formulate a solution that will lead them to victory. Look for this game to be thrilling and a lot of fun.

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