Oregon

Oregon women finally hit snag

Stanford upends Ducks in Eugene, 78-65
Staff report

The Wonder Women of the University of Oregon went down in flames Sunday against the Stanford Cardinal at Matthew Knight Arena.

After a solid first half, the sixth-ranked Ducks were outscored 45-24 and lost 78-65 to the No. 24 Cardinal to drop into a first-place tie atop the Pacific 12 Conference standings with Stanford at 10-2.

Oregon dropped to 21-4 overall with its first home loss of the season.

Sabrina Ionescu scored 22 points to lead the Ducks, but Brittany McPhee tossed in 33 points for Stanford, including 31 in the second half.

The win was the sixth-straight for Stanford over Oregon, and is the lone regular-season meeting between the teams.

Stanford swept its trip through Oregon having beaten Oregon State 60-57 Friday.

 

Oregon women face key weekend

No. 6 Ducks face two ranked opponents at home
Staff report

The Oregon women's basketball team continues it's drive to make a national name for itself ahead of the NCAA Tournament this weekend when it faces Cal and Stanford at home.

And, that's great timing as the Ducks are unbeaten at Matthew Knight Arena this season.

The sixth-ranked Ducks face Cal, ranked No. 25, Friday, then Stanford, ranked No. 24, Sunday, with a shot at reaching 15-0 at home.

Oregon is ranked as high as it's ever been, and is leading the Pac-12 Conference with a shot at winning the regular-season title for the first time since 2000. The team reached 20 wins last weekend, the quickest it's gotten to that mark in program history.

The Ducks have not won the conference tournament since it began in 2002. Stanford is the defending champion and has won the tournament in all-but four years since then.

 

 

 

Ducks finally score a "W"

Oregon ends seven-year losing streak to Oregon State
Staff report

The national rankings don't say it, but in what could easily be described as an upset, the Oregon women's basketball team beat Oregon State 75-63 Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena, ending a 14-game losing streak to its in-state rival.

The Ducks, ranked No. 7, lost Friday in overtime to the 18-ranked Beavers, but rolled to a win before a home crowd of 7,249 fans and back into sole possession of first place in the Pacific 12 Conference.

"I’m really happy for the Ducks today," Oregon coach Kelly Graves told media members after the game. "Great crowd, great atmosphere for women’s basketball.”

Oregon, which led by as many as 27 points, improved to 18-3 overall, and 7-1 in conference games. The Ducks held OSU to seven points in the first quarter and led 40-18 at halftime. Oregon's last win in the series came in 2011.

Oregon State dropped to 14-5, 5-3.

Satou Sabally led Oregon with 21 points. She tallied just three in the loss Friday.

Sabrina Ionescu added 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while playing all 40 minutes. She played all 45 minutes Friday.

Kat Tudor led the Beavers with 17 points, while Marie Gulich added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

 

 

Oregon makes another sales pitch

Ducks hand UCLA loss before sellout crowd
Staff report

EUGENE - Oregon got 25 points, including four key free throws, from sophomore point guard Payton Pritchard, and beat UCLA 94-91 Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon, which improved to 13-7 overall, and 3-4 in Pac-12 games, led by as many as 18 points in the second half before the Bruins rallied to within 88-77 with a 10-0 run in the final two minutes, and the game became a free-throw battle.

Oregon made all six of its free throws, while UCLA, 13-7 and 4-4, countered by making all four of its attempts.

The Bruins missed a half-court shot at the buzzer.

Oregon’s win came a year after it beat the Bruins on a last-second 3-pointer, which was part of a stirring run to the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four.

This season, the Ducks are essentially a long-shot to make the Tournament for a sixth-straight season.

MiKyle McIntosh and Victor Bailey Jr. had 18 points each for the Ducks Saturday. Troy Brown added 17 points.

The Ducks had three players in double figures by halftime and led 52-38 at the break. They shot 55.6 percent (20 of 36) from the field and had zero first-half turnovers.

Oregon returns to action Saturday with a home game against Oregon State, looking to square the in-state series after the Beavers won the first meeting in Corvallis in December.

 

Cristobal reflects on Alabama

New Oregon coach has plenty of experience with Saban
National Report

Oregon coach Mario Cristobol spent four years under Nick Saban as an assistant coach at Alabama.

To say he learned a lot in his time in Tuscaloosa would be an understatement.

Cristobol, who was named the Ducks head coach on Friday, was asked about Saban’s influence on his coaching career Sunday during an appearance on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM.

“He’s a consummate professional,” Cristobal said. “He’s detailed, a wealth of knowledge. Whether it be in-season, off-season, regiments, structures, practice scheduling, recruiting, setting up a staff, there’s so many things that you learn in your time there. You get the chance to get your PhD in football. That’s what it is.”

Cristobal was officially promoted to head coach a year to the day after Willie Taggart was introduced as the coach at Florida State.

Cristobal -- the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach -- was named interim coach for the Las Vegas Bowl. However, on Friday, that interim label was removed.

Before heading to Eugene, Oregon, Cristobal spent four seasons as offensive line coach at Alabama. He has six seasons of head coaching experience at Florida International, where he went 27-47, including 20-26 in conference, with two bowl appearances from 2007-12. He was also an assistant at Miami, his alma mater.

All of which shaped his career, he said on Sunday.

“But along the way, there’s no doubt, take a little bit of (Saban) and take a little bit of Jimmy Johnson,” he said. “Let’s not forget about ol’ boy down in Miami back in the day and the things that we were able to accomplish down there.”

Cristobal played his college ball at Miami, where he was an offensive tackle from 1989-92.

Oregon went 7-5 this season, including 1-4 in games without starting quarterback Justin Herbert, who missed time with a broken collarbone.

The Ducks face Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl Saturday, entering the game as a 6-point favorite.

Taggart bolts for Florida State

After turnaround season, Oregon football coach goes back to Florida
Staff report

Willie Taggart is headed back South, accepting the Florida State football head coaching position not quite a year after leaving the University of South Florida to become head coach at of the University of Oregon program.

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens made the announcement Tuesday, and FSU introduced Taggart to its community on Wednesday.

A native of Bradenton, Fla., Taggart, 41, began his head-coaching career by turning around Western Kentucky from 2010-2012, before doing the same at South Florida from 2013-2016. His debut years at Western Kentucky and USF both ended with two-win seasons, but not only did he turn those schools around, he did so quickly and efficiently. His second and third seasons at Western Kentucky ended with seven wins, culminating with a bowl trip in 2012.

In Tampa, he turned a USF program from 2-10 to 10-2 in just three seasons, with the biggest factor in that being his recruiting ability. He locked down the highly-coveted Tampa recruiting scene at USF and, in this last year, even got Tampa-area blue-chip recruits to cross the country with him and commit to Oregon - making the incoming class the top-rated in the nation.

In Eugene, the Ducks went from 4-8, to 7-5, with four of the five losses coming while sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert recovered from a shoulder injury.

Taggart's move was expected after Texas A&M fired Kevin Sumlin last week, and replaced him with Jimbo Fisher from FSU.

Oregon is set to play Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 26.

 

Oregon steps forward again

The Ducks reach the Pac-12 Tournament final for third-straight year
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS – Dylan Ennis was prone on the hardwood, looking up to the ceiling of T-Mobile Arena. He was flexing. He was yelling. He knew the Ducks were bound for the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament championship game.

Just seconds earlier with the Ducks holding a two-point lead, he put his head down and went to the rim, making contact with Cal’s 7-footer Kingsley Okoroh. As Ennis fell to the floor, the ball dropped through the hoop and Ducks fans in attendance went wild. Once he buried the free throw Oregon had a five-point lead with 22 seconds left and no worries.

Ennis’ key play loomed large in the 73-65 win, which sets up the top-seeded Ducks with No. 2 seed Arizona in Saturday’s Pac-12 Tourney title game, Oregon’s third straight under coach Dana Altman.

“I love Oregon basketball,” Ennis said. “For us to be in the championship again shows that we’re one of the national powerhouses. I think a lot of people are going to start respecting us around the country.”

The contest got off to a sobering start when Cal star senior Jabari Bird landed on his head after toppling over Oregon’s Jordan Bell trying to block a shot. Bird had to leave the game just one minute after it started, and was eventually placed on a stretcher and transported to a hospital for CT scans, according to Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson.

In Bird’s absence, Cal guard Grant Mullins did a fine impression, going 7-of-8 from the field and 5-of-5 from beyond the arc en route to 23 points, but the Bears couldn’t make enough plays down the stretch.

“It's a big loss, especially on the offensive side of the ball, that level of production,” Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said. “It's not an easy thing to do, but I thought our guys did a great job battling and competing.”

Likewise, Oregon's scoring leader, Dillon Brooks, spent a lot of time on the sidelines Friday. He only played 21 minutes after picking up his fourth foul two minutes into the second half, sitting out the next 13 minutes of the game.

With Brooks spending nearly half the game on the bench, Dorsey paced the Ducks offense with 23 points, going 9-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-6 from distance. Dorsey scored eight of Oregon’s first 12 points and never took his foot off the pedal.

“Everybody has to pick it up and pick up their role,” Dorsey said. “That's what we did tonight. We can't control how the refs are going to call it, and they called a couple on Dillon early and everybody had to pick up.”

Meanwhile, Brooks finished with 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting and grabbed six rebounds, taking responsibility for his performance in the locker room following the game.

“I had an off day,” Brooks said. “Shots weren’t falling and I was fouling a lot, cheap fouls. But you know, it’s a team game and my teammates picked me up.”

Oregon carried a 36-33 lead into the locker room at halftime before stretching the lead to as many as 13 with about 13 minutes left. But Cal crept back, eventually cutting the lead to just two when freshman Charlie Moore sank a couple of big free throws the possession before Ennis’ and-one. Moore played beyond his years once again, scoring 15 points, but the Bears are now relegated to waiting on Selection Sunday to see if their name is called.



Oregon gets primed for title run

Freshman Mariota set to start at QB for Ducks
August 28, 2012 / Justin Burr, The Quack Factor

EUGENE - It's been a long 242 days since the Ducks were last in action but the wait is finally over.

Saturday the men in green and yellow will storm out of the tunnel in front of a electrified Autzen stadium in their season opener against Arkansas State.

Fans might see a few open seats on Saturday evening as Oregon’s 82 home game sellout streak will most likely come to an end due to high ticket prices and an unworthy opponent. Rest assured that the Autzen crowd will be fired up and louder than ever.

Encased in the stunning new uniforms will be a bounty of new talent. Most notably will be redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota in the starting quarterback role.

This QB race was so closely fought that it gives the Duck faithful much comfort in the depth at the position. If something were to happen to Mariota it would seem that the Ducks wouldn’t miss a beat with Bennett behind center. Experience will be the biggest limiting factor in the young quarterback's success but luckily he will have a few games to break in his skills.

Oregon opens the season with a four-game homestand against less-than-intimidating opponents, which is perfect for a quarterback with zero in-game experience. Depending on how teams defend Oregon, Mariota might bring a more dynamic running game to the offense.

Last season, Darron Thomas saw a significant decrease in rushing having only attempted 56 plays as opposed to the previous season in which he took off running 93 times. Mariota is likely to run more.

Filling the shoes of David Paulson at tight end  might be the most daunting task that the Oregon offense faced this offseason. Sophomore Colt Lyerla will be getting a majority of the reps but veteran Jennings Stewart could bring some maturity to the position. Being a fifth-year senior and having played on both sides of the ball, Stewart has a great football IQ, which will come in handy while he assists his younger teammates. This mentoring role he will play to the younger tight ends might cost him his starting spot on the roster, but his attitude is geared toward team success not individual glory.

Defense will stand out on Saturday as this fierce squad is finally getting the recognition they deserve. Head Coach Chip Kelly attributes their BCS three-peat to the defense, and, although he won’t say it’s the best group he’s coached, he will admit they are good.

Oregon’s defense ranked fifth in the conference in pass defense last season and the young secondary unit looks to improve upon that this season.

Terrance Mitchell and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu  will be the starting corners and with a year of experience under their belts, opposing quarterbacks better think twice before heaving the rock into coverage. Last year Mitchell broke up 10 passes and took 2 the other way, he’s a threat anytime the ball is near.

Oregon should put a mark in the win column with ease come Saturday, but this game will provide much needed growth to the young starting squad.
Chip Kelly and company pride themselves on preparation and one can only assume they have prepared for this game just as they have prepared for every other game which is a recipe for success.

 

Oregon's season ends in the bottom of the ninth

A drama-filled bloop single scores the winning run for Kent State
June 11, 2012

EUGENE –With its season on the line, the University of Oregon baseball team fell just a few feet short of reaching the College World Series for the first time in six decades Monday night at PK Park.

By scoring in the bottom of the ninth, Kent State earned its first berth in the CWS with a 3-2 win over Oregon in the deciding game of the best-of-three series over the Ducks.

Jimmy Rider drove in the winning run with a shallow pop fly that landed just inside the left-field foul line in the bottom of the ninth to score Derek Toadvine from second to make the Golden Flashes the first team from the Mid-American Conference since 1976 to qualify for the CWS.

Oregon finished its season at 46-19 in the third year since the program was restarted. Oregon last reached the CWS in 1954.

Rider's hit off Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy fell just out of the reach of shortstop J.J. Altobelli and left fielder Brett Thomas, who appeared to lose track of the ball when it was hit.

 

OREGON 3, KENT STATE 2

Jake Reed battled back after allowing two early runs, and so did the rest of the teammates as No. 10 Oregon kept its College World Series hopes alive with a 3-2 victory at PK Park on Sunday night.

With the Super Regional series even at one game apiece, the rubber game that will determine which club travels to Omaha is unofficially scheduled for 4 p.m. PT on Monday at PK Park. An announcement of the official game time will be released Monday morning.

Reed (8-4) helped Oregon halt Kent State’s 21-game win streak by holding the Golden Flashes (45-18) to two runs on five hits and two walks, while fanning six in six and 2/3 innings. After surrendering a run in the fourth, the La Mesa, Calif., native retired nine consecutive batters until giving up a two-out single to Derek Toadvine in the bottom of the seventh.

The Ducks (46-18) trailed 2-0 entering seventh, but Oregon finally put the pressure on Kent State starter Ryan Bores, as a wild inning allowed UO to turn a two-run deficit into a one-run, 3-2, advantage.

Ryon Healy started the rally with his second hit of the game, roping a single into center field. Brett Thomas followed with a single into left field that troubled Kent State’s Alex Miklos, allowing Healy to score and Thomas to move to second. With a runner in scoring position, Kyle Garlick was walked, but Ryan Hambright delivered a game-tying RBI single that found a hole through the right side.

With runners on the corners and just one out, Kent State elected to go to its bullpen, and brought Michael Kent to the mound. With Brett Hambright at the plate, Oregon orchestrated the squeeze as the bunt down proved problematic, allowing Garlick to score the go-ahead run.

Ducks shows off program progress with trio of wins

Oregon sweeps ASU series, readies for move in rankings
April 1, 2012

A three-game sweep of No. 14 has No. 23 Oregon prepped for a move in the national rankings this week.

The Ducks won the games 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3, to improve to 6-3 in Pac-12 Conference play.

Jimmy Sherfy secured the win Sunday with a strikeout with the bases loaded.

Oregon begins a three-game series at UCLA Thursday.

 

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