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.
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.
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.
NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks’ blogger Jason Hartzog talks about Oregon’s chances of getting back to the NCAA Tournament after a bevy of players left the team. Though the Ducks did lose some key players, Hartzog makes sure to analyze the incoming recruiting class and how that will impact Oregon’s postseason chances.
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.
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.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson recaps what was Oregon’s surprising and outstanding 2012-2013 college basketball season. Picked to finish seventh in the Pac-12 by the Pac-12 Media Poll, the Ducks outplayed their competition throughout the year en route to their first Pac-12 Tournament Championship since 2008. Though they eventually lost to Louisville in the Sweet 16 of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Ducks upset both Oklahoma State and St. Louis while putting the program back on the college basketball map.
NWSB Insider Jason Hartzo weighs in on the 2012-13 season had by Oregon Ducks head coach Dana Altman. This was a very respectable effort from Dana Altman’s Ducks, and it was the first time in the head coach’s career that he made it past the second round. As long as Altman is the man in Eugene, this will be a team near the top for years to come—especially with freshman guards Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson set to return.
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.
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.
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.
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.