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Can Oregon still reach the playoffs?

SPORTSLAND - College football might be crazy enough for that to happen
Oct. 6, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Imagine if the Oregon football team went unbeaten the rest of the season, and beat unbeaten Utah in the Pac-12 Conference title game. Would that be enough for the Ducks to reach the College Football Playoffs?

Even though Oregon would have two losses at the time, while there may likely be more than four other teams with just one loss.

That's a subject for Sportsland, Oregon co-hosts Cliff Pfenning and Derek Weber in this week's episode. Will there be a two-loss team among the four teams that reach the playoffs.

And, is that even something the Ducks should be focused on at all? Once upon a time, the Rose Bowl was a big deal - remember?

The NFL's crazy season as well gets some time, as does the upcoming Major League Baseball playoffs. Sure the American League has some prime contenders, but will anyone watch the Toronto Blue Jays play the Kansas City Royals if they win their division series? And, just who's on the Yankees these days other than A-Rod?

Fortunately, there's five outstandings options for the World Series on the National League side, so an audience for that series seems assured.

The Timbers get a few moments, too, as do the Oregon football uniforms for this week.

All recorded Monday at Pour Sports Restaurant in Southeast Portland.

 

The haters took their lumps Monday

Duke won the NCAA tourney again highlights Sportsland Episode 10
April 6, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Duke again?

The top story in this week's Sportsland, Oregon podcast takes on what the Blue Devils' win in the NCAA Tournament means to college basketball, and how far away the Oregon Ducks and OSU Beavers are from getting the same result. Especially when a key player in the title game is a lightly-used guard who has the game of his life in the title contest.

Then, it's onto the NBA and who the Portland Trail Blazers might play in the first round of the NBA Playoffs: the Los Angeles Clipper, San Antonio Spurs, or even Memphis or Houston. Who's the best option for a first-round win?

The Timbers getting a win, Major League Baseball starts up, and the Masters is this week. Does anyone care about golf if Tiger Woods isn't involved in the tournament? And, why does Tiger even want to play in an event other than a Major?

All recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.

 

 

Wisconsin does it again

The Badgers end Oregon's season for the second straight year
March 22, 2015 / Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. - The Oregon Ducks played thir way almost into the Sweet 16 for the second straight year. But, as happened last season, a solid performance came up short against the same opponent: Wisconsin.

A year after pestering the Badgers throughout the second half only to come up eight points short, Oregon rallied from a double-digit first-half deficit and had a chance to take the lead in the second half.

But, it didn’t happen, and top-seeded Wisconsin escaped with a 72-65 victory in the NCAA tournament’s round of 32 at CenturyLink Center on Sunday night.

Wisconsin had its worst shooting game in a month and got outrebounded by the smaller Ducks, and Big Ten Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky was quiet offensively for long stretches.

The Badgers (33-3) were able to get out to a quick lead and hold on, and now they’re headed to the regional semifinals for the fourth time in five years. They’ll play No. 4 North Carolina on Thursday in Los Angeles.

“We’re definitely excited and thrilled to be there, but we’re not as in awe or shocked as we were last year,” Nigel Hayes said. “Last year, we were jumping around up and down on the court, celebrating. This time, it was ‘Hoo-rah, good job guys. We have the next game to take care of.’”

Sam Dekker scored 17 points, hitting a couple big baskets after Oregon (26-10) had tied it late. Kaminsky had 16 points, with no shot bigger than his putback of Hayes’ missed free throw to make it a 10-point game with 44 seconds left.

Hayes had 14 points and Bronson Koenig added 12.

Pac-12 Player of the Year Joseph Young, who scored 27 points in a win over Oklahoma State on Friday, had 30 against the Badgers.

“We had ourselves in a position against an experienced, well-coached and very good team,” Ducks coach Dana Altman said. “I’m sorry we couldn’t get it finished off for these guys so we could keep playing.”

Wisconsin played with the lead all game until Dwayne Benjamin tied it at 52 with a high-arcing 3-pointer from in front of his bench with 5:27 left. The Badgers took the lead right back, though, with Dekker’s reverse layup and 3-pointer to make it 58-52.

“Oregon made their run to fight back,” Dekker said, “just as a good team always does. And good teams respond to those runs. We settled in, and guys weren’t going to get too riled up. We got a big 6-0 run there and opened up the lead and held on from there. It’s a game of runs, and you’ve got to respond at the right time.”

Jalil Abdul-Bassit had 12 points for the Ducks, who were trying to get to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years.

The size advantage that Wisconsin was supposed to enjoy against Oregon wasn’t much of an advantage at all. Oregon outrebounded the Badgers 34-32, outscored them 30-24 in the lane and had four blocks to Wisconsin’s three.

“At this point,” guard Josh Gasser said, “I don’t care if we play like crap and still win. We did some good things, we did some bad things.”

Credit Oregon for causing Wisconsin to shoot just 43 percent from the field and go 7-for-23 on 3-pointers.

“I knew they were going to throw a lot of different things at us -- double-teams, triple-teams, pressure up and down the court,” Kaminsky said. “When that happens, there’s bound to be a lot of missed shots.”

Oregon, which shot 55 percent against Oklahoma State on Friday, shot 44.1 percent and needed some time to get its offense going. Young had a couple shots rim out and missed his first five, and Elgin Cook couldn’t finish what should have been an easy dunk off a Young lob.

 

Oregon schools take a beating Thursday night

Ducks, Beavers, Pilots and Vikings all lose conference games
Jan. 15, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

It was just four days ago that Oregon State celebrated its first men's basketball upset of a Top-10 team in 15 years with a massive celebration on the Gill Coliseum court. Thursday, it was back to business in the Pac-12 at Washington, and the Huskies brought the Beavers back to Earth.

And two of their in-state brothers, Washington State and Eastern Washington, also scored wins over their Oregon rivals - the Ducks and Portland State Vikings, respectively.

Add in the University of Portland's loss to Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, and the state went 0-4 in Div. I basketball Thursday, something that hasn't happened in ... a time that some guys from STATS, Inc., would have to look up.

Oregon's four Div. I schools are successful enough these days that having all four lose on the same day is a big unusual, although none of them have stood out during the regular season to a Top 25 level for any length of time. Oregon played close to that level, and then won the Pac-12 Tournament title two years ago, but got seeded lower in the NCAA Tournament than it did last year when it didn't hit the level of play from 2013.

So, what is the state of basketball in Oregon? Currently, it's pretty routine, although that's not a bad thing as none of the four schools is going to play its way into the NCAA Tournament in January. They're each going to focus on winning their conference tournament and getting an automatic berth.

Here's a brief look at the four schools.

Oregon, which has been to the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, is 14-5 overall, and 2-2 in Pac-12 play having beaten Oregon State in its conference opener, split with the Arizona schools, and lost to Washington State in overtime Thursday. The Ducks got run over by Arizona last week, but have played at a level that makes them at least a consideration to score a significant coup by winning the Pac-12 Tournament when it plays out in Las Vegas beginning March 11 at the MGM Grand Arena. Oregon has never been to the NCAA Tournament three years in a row.

Oregon State is 11-5, 2-2 after its loss at Washington, and has the challenge of beating the rest of the conference with only eight scholarship players in coach Wayne Tinkle's first season. That number got hit, too, on Thursday when it's third-leading scorer, Victor Robbins earned a 10-game suspension for violating a team rule. Ten games, though, still gives him a few games to get back into the system before the tournament, and showing off their win over No. 7 Arizona last week makes a case the team can play with anyone in the conference on its best days. A tournament title would end a 25-year streak of missing out on the Big Dance.

Portland is 11-7, 2-4 in the WCC after a 80-69 loss at LMU, but the Pilots have some energy available in the form of Kevin Bailey, the team's leading scorer who missed most of December and the first week of January with a foot injury. He's returned, but is working to relocate his form. In Thursday's loss, he hit just one of 10 shots from the field, and finished with five points. But, the conference tournament is seven weeks away, and that's when the team needs to hit on all cylinders - starting March 7 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

And, Portland State is 8-7, 2-3 in the Big Sky Conference after a 92-85 loss at home to the Eagles. The Vikings are the longest-shot to win their conference title, as their roster is thin in the paint, and the team hasn't won back-to-back games against Div. I schools since November. The BSC Tournament begins March 12 at the regular-season champions home gym. PSU needs to finish in the top eight of the 12-team standings in order to qualify to the tournament.

 

 

 

 

 

In-state basketball got a wake-up call

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 7:19am
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It was just four days ago that Oregon State celebrated its first men's basketball upset of a Top-10 team in 15 years with a massive celebration on the Gill Coliseum court. Thursday, it was back to business in the Pac-12 at Washington, and the Huskies brought the Beavers back to Earth.

And two of their in-state brothers, Washington State and Eastern Washington, also scored wins over their Oregon rivals - the Ducks and Portland State Vikings, respectively.

Add in the University of Portland's loss to Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, and the state went 0-4 in Div. I basketball Thursday, something that hasn't happened in ... a time that some guys from STATS, Inc., would have to look up.

Oregon's four Div. I schools are successful enough these days that having all four lose on the same day is a big unusual, although none of them have stood out during the regular season to a Top 25 level for any length of time. Oregon played close to that level, and then won the Pac-12 Tournament title two years ago, but got seeded lower in the NCAA Tournament than it did last year when it didn't hit the level of play from 2013.

So, what is the state of basketball in Oregon? Currently, it's pretty routine, although that's not a bad thing as none of the four schools is going to play its way into the NCAA Tournament in January. They're each going to focus on winning their conference tournament and getting an automatic berth.

Here's a brief look at the four schools.

Oregon, which has been to the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, is 14-5 overall, and 2-2 in Pac-12 play having beaten Oregon State in its conference opener, split with the Arizona schools, and lost to Washington State in overtime Thursday. The Ducks got run over by Arizona last week, but have played at a level that makes them at least a consideration to score a significant coup by winning the Pac-12 Tournament when it plays out in Las Vegas beginning March 11.

Oregon State is 11-5, 2-2 after its loss at Washington, and has the challenge of beating the rest of the conference with only eight scholarship players in coach Wayne Tinkle's first season. That number got hit, too, on Thursday when it's third-leading scorer, Victor Robbins earned a 10-game suspension for violating a team rule. Ten games, though, still gives him a few games to get back into the system before the tournament, and showing off their win over No. 7 Arizona last week makes a case the team can play with anyone in the conference on its best days.

Portland is 11-7, 2-4 in the WCC after a 80-69 loss at LMU, but the Pilots have some energy available in the form of Kevin Bailey, the team's leading scorer who missed most of December and the first week of January with a foot injury. He's returned, but is working to relocate his form. In Thursday's loss, he hit just one of 10 shots from the field, and finished with five points. But, the conference tournament is seven weeks away, and that's when the team needs to hit on all cylinders.

And, Portland State is 8-7, 2-3 in the Big Sky Conference after a 92-85 loss at home to the Eagles. The Vikings are the longest-shot to win their conference title, as their roster is thin in the paint, and the team hasn't won back-to-back games against Div. I schools since November. The BSC Tournament begins March 12 at the regular-season champions home gym. PSU needs to finish in the top eight of the 12-team standings in order to qualify to the tournament, and they're on the edge of doing that.

 

Trail Blazers postseason history

The Blazers through the years have one NBA Title, three Finals appearances

NBA PLAYOFF HISTORY

FINALS
1992      Lost to Chicago, 4-2  
1990      Lost to Detroit, 4-1 
1977      Def. Philadelphia, 4-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS BY YEAR
2015      vs. Memphis
2014      Def. Houston, 4-2
               Lost to San Antonio, 4-1
2011      Lost to Dallas, 4-2
2010      Lost to Phoenix, 4-2
2009      Lost to Houston, 4-2
2003      Lost to Dallas, 4-3
2002      Lost to Los Angeles Lakers, 3-0
2001      Lost to Los Angeles Lakers, 3-0
2000      Def. Dallas, 3-1     
               Def. Utah, 4-1
               Lost to Los Angeles Lakers, 4-3     
1999      Def. Phoenix, 3-0     
               Def. Utah, 4-2     
               Lost to San Antonio Spurs, 4-0
1998      Lost to Los Angeles Lakers, 3-1      
1997      Lost to Los Angeles Lakers, 3-1     
1996      Lost to Utah, 3-2
1995      Lost to Phoenix, 3-0     
1994      Lost to Houston, 3-1     
1993      Lost to Los Angeles Lakers, 3-0     
1992      Def. Los Angeles Lakers, 3-1     
               Def. Phoenix, 4-1     
               Def. Utah, 4-2      
               Lost to Chicago, 4-2     
1991      Def. Seattle, 3-2     
               Def. Utah, 4-1
               Lost to Los Angeles Lakers, 4-2      
1990      Def. Dallas, 3-0
               Def. San Antonio, 4-3
               Def. Phoenix, 4-2
               Lost to Detroit, 4-1
1989      Lost to Los Angeles Lakers, 3-0
1988      Lost to Utah, 3-1
1987      Lost to Houston, 3-1      
1988      Lost to Utah, 3-1       
1987      Lost to Houston, 3-1     
1986      Lost to Denver, 3-1     
1985      Beat Dallas, 3-1      
               Lost to Los Angeles Lakers, 4-1
1984      Lost to Phoenix, 3-2
1983      Def. Seattle, 2-0
               Lost to Los Angeles Lakers, 4-1
1981      Lost to Kansas City Kings, 2-1
1980      Lost to Seattle, 2-1
1977      Def. Chicago, 2-1      
               Def. Denver, 4-2
               Def. Los Angeles Laker, 4-0
               Def. Philadelphia, 4-2

Team founded 1970-71 season

 

 

 



What's a Beaver to do?

OSU's football future is a key topic for Sportsland, Oregon No. 23
Nov. 10, 2014

With another upset dodged by the Oregon football program in Utah, the Ducks are assured of a spot in the Pac-12 Conference title game.

Again - finally.

Oregon won the inaugural title game, and played for the national championship in 2011, but got sideswiped the past two seasons by Stanford. No such problems this season. So, coach Mark Helfrich has guided the team back to where the program's supporters expect it to be.

And, Oregon State? The Beavers lost their fourth-straight game Saturday to Washington State, which started a freshman quarterback. With the loss, the Beavers are in need of two wins in their last three games - starting with No. 7 Arizona State on Saturday - to reach a bowl game. With the program stuck on six wins being a prosperous season, the future of the OSU program is a key topic for Sportsland, Oregon host Cliff Pfenning, and guest commentator Earl Frederick.

Does OSU need to look in another direction for its head coaching position? Or can coach Mike Riley raise the program from mediocrity as he did in the late 90s?

It's all recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.

 

Beavers have a huge dam to burst

OSU's history at USC leads the discussion on Sportsland, Oregon
Sept. 22, 2014

Has it really been that long?

1960.

Oregon State hasn't won at USC since - the AFL started, but that's alway in the past and this week they get another shot at redemption from that history as they head to the LA Coliseum to take on No. 18 USC.

OSU is 3-0 entering the game, fresh off a 28-7 win over San Diego State in which quarterback Sean Mannion set the all-time passing record in Corvallis and moved up to No. 3 on the Pac-12 list.

This the year? That's a key topic for the Sportsland, Oregon cast - Cliff Pfenning and Derek Weber - as they chat up the sports world, including the frustration of watching the Oregon Ducks beat/survive Washington State. Next up is Arizona, but it's more than a week away.

The NFL gets its time, the Majors and the stretch run to the playoffs get their focus, as does the world of fantasy sports.

It's all recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.

 

Simonton is a great choice

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Ken Simonton, who ran for more than 5,000 yards during his four seasons at Oregon State, was among the list of five inductees who joined the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame during the annual ceremony at the Multnomah Athletic Club.

Dave Husted, Lindsey Yamasaki, Barry Adams and Harry Merlo joined the Hall as the Class of 2013/14 during the ceremony.

Simonton reached the national sports scene as a freshman in 1998 when he ran for 1,028 yards, becoming only the second freshman to pass the 1,000-yard barrier in the Pac-10s history. As a junior, he led the Beavers to an 11-1 record and win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. Prior to his senior season, Sports Illustrated had him on its cover along with Oregon's Joey Harrington as Heisman Trophy contenders.

After finishing his collegiate career with 5,044 yards, he played briefly in the NFL, NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League before retiring in 2008.

Husted established himself as one of America's top bowlers after turning pro in 1978. He won 14 PBA Tour events, including the U.S. Open three times, and had career earnings of more than $1 million.

Yamasaki led Oregon CIty to four OSAA girls basketball titles (1995-98), before playing at Stanford for four seasons. She played briefly in the WNBA, and professionally in Europe before retiring in 2006.

Adams coached high school basketball for 40 years, and won 656 games and a pair of state titles. He also operated the Cascade Sports Camp for 40 years.

Merlo was a long-time supporter of local tennis events and owner of the Portland Timbers for three seasons.

 

Who do you root for?

Is there a Final Four underdog? And, can LMA lead Portland to a series win?
March 31, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

How can anyone root for Kentucky as an underdog in the NCAA Tournament? Well, they are, according to their seeding in this year's tournament at No. 8. Connecticut, a regular national champion, is seeded No. 7, but reached the Final Four along with UK.

So, who's an underdog this year?

That's a key topic for the Sportsland, Oregon crew during this week's episode, recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.

With Wisconsin reaching the Final Four, the cast of Cliff Pfenning and Derek Weber discuss the frustration of Oregon's second-half collapse against the Badgers in the third round. How far away are the Ducks from a regular trip to the Elite Eight and Final Four?

Then, it's off to the Blazers and the danger they faced just last week of seemingly being on a path to ninth place in the Western Conference. Once LaMarcus Aldridge returned from an injury, the team settled down and won three straight to reclaim their position as a potential No. 4 seed.

Portland Timbers, Portland Winterhawks and Roofball all claim some portion of discussion of the show.

 

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