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Oregon, Oregon State open at home

The seven-game schedule begins Nov. 7, ends with Dec. 18 championship game
Staff Report

Oregon's two members of the Pac-12 will begin their football seasons at home, the conference announced Saturday.

Oregon will play host to Stanford, while Oregon State plays host to Washington State.

Whether fans will be allowed in their respective stadiums has not been revealed.

After cancelling the season in August, the conference voted last week to play a seven-game season and took a week to create a schedule. The annual Civil War is set for Nov. 27, midway through the schedule. Both schools are scheduled for just three home games.

The seventh game of the conference schedule includes the championship game, set for Dec. 18 - a Saturday. Teams that do not qualify for the title game will play their seventh game the preceeding Friday.

Oregon is the defending champion and lone team from the conference ranked in the Top 25 - at 14.

2020 SCHEDULE

NOV. 7

Stanford at Oregon

Washington State at Oregon State

NOV. 14

Oregon at Washington State

Oregon State at Washington

NOV. 20.

UCLA at Oregon

NOV. 21

Cal at Oregon State

NOV. 27

Oregon at Oregon State

DEC. 5

Oregon at Cal

Oregon State at Utah

DEC. 12

Oregon State at Stanford

Washington at Oregon

DEC. 18

Conference championship

Oregon opens rebuilt Hayward to its teams

The recently finished track and field stadium gets athletes touch
Staff Report

Hayward Field is finally going to get its stamp of approval from the athletes set to use it most.

The track and field and cross country teams were scheduled to visit the stadium's insides Friday - the first time the athletes would be allowed to see the spaces they'll use during training and competition. The stadium, which was razed and completely rebuilt, has been off limits other than the track and outer concourse until today.

Some athletes had been training at the stadium since late summer, but the cardio and strength equipment they used had been moved to the concourse so that the unveiling would be held when all the team's athletes were back on campus.

Oregon had expected to have athletes use the stadium in spring, but the COVID-19 outbreak changed those plans.

Hayward Field had been set to hold the Olympic Trials in summer, but the outbreak moved the 2020 Olympics to 2021. Hayward Field is still set to host the Olynmpic Trials.

Seating, which had been roughly 8,500 prior to the construction, seats 12,650 spectators, but can be expanded to more than 25,000.

Oregon has not released a schedule for cross country or track and field.

 

Ionescu, Sabally catch league's eye

Oregon's two standouts are among top jersey sales
Staff Report

The University of Oregon women’s basketball team had quite an impact on the WNBA this season, regardless of wins and losses.

Sabrina Ionescu and Satou Sabally, the top two picks in the league’s draft, were among the top 10 most popular jerseys sold this season through the WNBA store.

Ionescu, who plays for the New York Liberty, was No. 4, and Sabally, who plays for the Dallas Wings, was No. 10.

They were the only rookies among the top 10, which was led by Seattle’s Sue Bird.

TOP SALES WNBA.com

1. Sue Bird, Seattle Storm

2. Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

3. Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

4. Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty

5. Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

6. A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces

7. Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm

8. Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics

9. Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago Sky

10. Satou Sabally, Dallas Wings

 

 

Are college student/athletes really just assets?

Oregon's rumored bail from Pac-12 is just bad for the state
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

There’s a lot of online discussions these days about the University of Oregon leaving the Pac-12 Conference for better exposure and bigger financial numbers in the Big 12 or even Big Ten, and it’s all wrong for the state.

It’s probably a good decision to the bottom line for Oregon’s athletic department, and especially its football program, but the school needs to remember it’s a public institution and there should be a lot more commitment to that than a few dollars and better positioning for the College Football Playoffs.

Yes, USC is apparently looking hard at that same move, which has social media abuzz with which other schools would bail from the Pac-12, and Oregon is either next, or right behind UCLA with Washington in there, too.

That would leave the Pac-12 with eight schools, including Oregon State, and a huge drop in revenue for each so that it would then need to add members or merge with another conference such as the Mountain West.

And, it’s all basically related to football and its four-team national championship playoffs.

The Pac-12 does just fine competitively in every sport, right up to the four-team CFP, which is an annual battle to play into ahead of a second team from the SEC. This past season, Oregon won the Pac-12 and was in the discussion for a spot until a late-season loss at Arizona State knocked it out. Even though the Ducks won the conference title game with a dominating performance, being a conference champion of one of the five Power Conferences - along with the ACC and All-American Conference - doesn’t mean anything to the CFP voting committee, which probably still would have put one-loss Alabama ahead of one-loss Oregon into the Final Four.

Is that one thing enough to leave behind the Pac-12 and sister school Oregon State?

Here’s a "no" vote on that.

A key thing to figure in is the athletes that make the school what it is. Sure, each school wants to give its athletes the best experience possible, and that revolves around money to a significant degree. But, is football the complete measure of an athletic department’s capabilities?

If the conference champion can’t compete for a spot in the CFP equally with the second-place team from the SEC or Big Ten without being unbeaten, should the entire world of college sports on the West Coast change?

College football is already crazy with how much money is delivered to head coaches - many of whom are more known in each state than, say, the governor (at least until recently).

The Athletic’s Andy Staples recently wrote this four-team move should happen into the Big 12, which would become the Big 16 (even though the Big 12 only has 10 schools and would thus become the Big 14) - what a crappy name to be part of.

The Pac-12 has tons of history that doesn’t seem to be much of a factor in these rumors, only money does. Plenty of athletes - student/athletes - love being part of the history of the conference. Winning a conference title has that flair attached to it. It’s not just a conference title, it’s a Pac-12 title with a list of former champions that goes back to 1916 for some sports - football and baseball. That would all be gone with a conference title needing wins over schools such as Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas State.

And, again, Oregon State gets absolutely lost in that, as would Washington State for that state.

Oregon State scrimps along to compete in the Pac-12, as does Washington State, but those schools compete relatively equally in many other sports - remember the national title the Beavers’ baseball team won in 2018? And 2006, and 2007?

Rumors are great for social media, especially these days where there’s no actual contests to bounce around. But, Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens would do the state a great favor by talking over this subject with media and putting the Ducks squarely in the conference it’s been a part of for more than 100 years.

 

Pritchard keeps on winning

Ducks senior named Player of the Year
Staff Report

Payton Pritchard has added again to his mancave of basketball spoils.

After being named a first-team All-American Tuesday, Pritchard was named the recipient of the 2019-20 Lute Olson Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I player, Wednesday by CollegeInsider.com.

Pritchard is the first player from the Pac-12 to win the award.

The 2020 Pac-12 Player of the Year was one of just three players nationally to average at least 20 points, four rebounds and five assists per game and was one of just four players nationally who led his conference in both scoring (20.5 points per game) and assists (5.6 per game).

He joined Gary Payton (Oregon State, 1989-90), Damon Stoudamire (Arizona, 1994-95) and Jason Terry (Arizona, 1998-99) as the only players in conference history to lead the league in both scoring and assists. Like Pritchard, the previous three players to do that were all consensus first team All-Americans and Payton and Terry were National Players of the Year.
Pritchard also led the league with 88 three-pointers, joining Stoudamire (112) as the only players to top all three categories in the same season.

Pritchard helped Oregon to an outright Pac-12 regular season title, the Duck’s third in the last five years. Oregon finished 24-7 overall (13-5 in the conference).

Named Oregon’s first consensus first team All-American in 80 years on Tuesday, Pritchard has been named a first team All-American by nine different organizations this season.

Pritchard is one of five national finalists for both the Naismith Trophy and the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. He is also one of 15 student-athletes on the Wooden Award National Ballot.

Named the national player of the week by three different organizations this season (Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy, NCAA.com) and twice named Pac-12 player of the week, Pritchard led the nation with 140 consecutive starts.

He is the only player in Pac-12 history with 1,900 career points, 600 career assists and 500 career rebounds.

Pritchard finished his career as school record holder in assists (659), wins (105) games played (144) and games started (140). He ranks second in both UO career steals with 211 and three-pointers with 288. His 1,938 career points rank fourth all-time at Oregon.

Pritchard scored at least 20 points against 10 different Pac-12 opponents this season.

He was voted the Pac-12 Tournament Most Valuable Player in 2019, when he led the Ducks to four wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, where they reached the Sweet 16.

The award is named in honor of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, who won 776 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.
 
Lute Olson Award Winners
2020 Payton Pritchard, Oregon
2019 Ja Morant, Murray State
2018 Jalen Brunson, Villanova
2017 Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
2016 Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
2015 Cameron Payne, Murray State
2014 Doug McDermott, Creighton
2013 Shane Larkin, Miami
2012 Doug McDermott, Creighton
2011 Kemba Walker, Connecticut
2010 Sherron Collins, Kansas

Oregon conquers the Pac-12!

Women win tournament, men top regular-season standings
Staff Report

It's official - Oregon owns the Pac-12 in basketball.

After an 89-56 throtling of Stanford, the Ducks claimed the conference women's tournament title for the second time in four seasons, and will head to the NCAA Tournament as a favorite to at least reach the Final Four.

Ranked third after being ranked No. 1 to start the season, Oregon improved to 31-2 with just one conference loss during the regular season.

Senior Sabrina Ionescu was named tournament MVP for the second time in three seasons, and finished her four years as the all-time leading scorer in tournament games.

The Oregon men, two days after a 90-56 shellacking of Cal, claimed the Pac-12 regular-season title with an 80-67 over Stanford in Eugene Saturday with its sixth conference win in its last seven games. The Ducks (24-7, 13-5 Pac-12) head to the conference tournament as defending champions and the highest ranked team nationally at No. 13. Led by guard Payton Pritchard, Oregon won the 2019 tournament with an improbable four-game win streak in four days and played its way into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Pritchard is a top contender for conference Player of the Year this season.

UCLA finished second in the conference standings at 19-12, 12-6.

The men's conference tournament begins Wednesday in Las Vegas with four first-round games. Oregon is scheduled to play the winner of Utah vs. Oregon State on Thursday at noon in the quarterfinals. The semifinals are set for Friday with the final on Saturday.

Oregon's women will learn their fate in terms of seeding for the NCAA Tournament next Monday. The Ducks will likely play host to the first and second rounds of the West Regional, which will play its two Sweet 16 games and Elite 8 contest at the Moda Center in Portland, March 28 and 30.

The Final Four is set for New Orleans, April 3 and 5. Oregon played into the Final Four last year before losing to eventual champion Baylor, which is ranked No. 2 this season behind South Carolina. Louisville, which has a win over the Ducks this season, is ranked fourth.

Oregon State, in spite of just reaching the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, is likely to play host to the first and second rounds as well as the 14th-ranked team in the nation.

The Pac-12 featured five teams ranked in the top 14 entering the conference tournament.

 

 

 

Oregon finally overcomes

No. 14 Ducks end three-game skid to Oregon State
Staff Report

The Oregon men's basketball team got back on track - in-state anyway - with its drive to own the Pac-12 Conference Thursday by beating Oregon State, 69-54, at Matthew Night Arena in Eugene.

It wasn't a surprise as Oregon entered ranked No. 14, while Oregon State entered just above .500. But, the Beavers had won the past three contests with the Ducks, including a 63-53 decision at Gill Coliseum earlier in the month. Hot shooting in the second half, though, helped Oregon pull away and end that particular skid on the way to moving back atop the conference standings.

Oregon improved to 22-7 overall, 11-5 in conference games, and into a tie with UCLA for the PAc-12 lead. The Ducks have home games with California and Stanford next week to round out the regular season.

Oregon State dropped to 15-13, 5-11 with home games against Stanford and Cal next week.

Senior Payton Pritchard, as he has nearly the entire season, led Oregon with 23 points, including 15 in the second half. Will Richardson added 15 points and Anthony Mathis had 13 for Oregon, which led just 29-25 at the half.

Ethan Thompson and Tres Tinkle combined for 29 points to lead the Beavers, who hit six of 20 3-point shots. Oregon hit 11 of 23 - 5-of-9 by Pritchard.

 

Ducks lead in-state title threats

Oregon's women have been at the top of the nation all season
By Cliff Pfenning, Publisher

It's getting to be a trend in Eugene that one of the town's two college teams is a threat to win its national title. This year is no different.

Both teams at the University of Oregon are ranked in th Top 15, and the UO women have fallen only as low as fourth after starting the season at No. 1. With a Final Four run in their pocket from 2019, the Ducks are again right in the mix of teams considered top contenders for this year's title. They're likely to not even need to leave the state in order to earn a Final Four spot as one of the four regional tournaments will be played in Portland.

They've likely already clinched a spot among the 16 teams that will play host to first- and second-round games.

The women's Final Four will be played in New Orleans, April 3 and 5.

Oregon's men moved to 14th Monday after sweeping a pair of home games over the weekend. With three weeks left in the regular season, the Ducks are tied for the Pac-12 standings lead. The men's Final Four will be played April 4 and 6 in Atlanta.

Among the other in-state tournament title contenders, Eastern Oregon's women and Northwest Christian's women stand out in the NAIA Div. II ranks, and Linfield's men's team stands out in the NCAA Div. III ranks.

Eastern and NWC are tied for the Cascade Conference lead heading into the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday in Eugene.

Linfield is 18-5 overall and 12-2 and in third place in the Northwest Conference. The Wildcats, though, play the two teams ahead of them in the standings, Whitman and Whitworth, this weekend.

Also, Oregon State's women have been ranked in the Top 25 and are among the teams that might qualify to host the first and second rounds, although they've got some work to do in the closing weeks of the season. The Pac-12 entered the week with 

 

DUCKS CLOBBER UCONN ON THE ROAD

Third-ranked and on a roll.

The Oregon Ducks started the women's basketball season ranked No. 1, and inspite of a couple losses, have remained one of the teams to beat for the national championship. They showed that off Monday afternoon by hammering No. 4 Connecticut 74-56 in Storrs, Conn., in a game televised on ESPN2.

UConn's loss was its worst on its home court in program history.

Forward Ruthy Hebard scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Ducks, who had all five starters finish in double figures. Sabrina Ionescu had 10 points, nine assists and nine rebounds to power the team effort, which included outscoring the Huskies in all four quarters before a sold-out arena.

Satou Sabally had 17 points, Erin Boley had 13 and Minyon Moore finished with 12 points.

Oregon improved to 20-2 overall with home games against Arizona on Friday and Arizona State on Sunday. The Sun Devils handed the Ducks their lone Pac-12 loss in January.

UConn dropped to 19-2.

The Ducks remained behind Baylor and South Carolina in the AP and Coaches Poll. 

In the first "reveal" for the upcoming NCAA Tournament, Oregon was listed as the West Region's top team, which includes playing host to the opening two rounds. The Regional Final Four is set for Portland, March 28 and 30th.

The Final Four will be played in New Orleans in April.

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Ducks start as Preseason favorites

Oregon's women are No. 1, men at No. 17
By Cliff Pfenning, Publisher

The Oregon basketball program has been improving in quality on an annual basis, but this season may be one of the finest for the combined men's and women's teams, at least according to Sports Illustrated magazine and it's preseason rankings.

Oregon starts out as No. 1 in the women's rankings, while the men are at No. 17. Only Maryland and Baylor have a women's team in the Top 10 and men's team in the Top 25. Baylor is No. 2 and 18, while Maryland is No. 5 and 7.

The Ducks are coming off perhaps their best post-season run with the women's team reaching the Final Four and the men's team getting to the Sweet 16. Only the 2017 tournament was better for the program as the men reached the Final Four, while the women played into the Elite 8.

Could this be the year for a national champion in Eugene?

Both teams are coming off Pac-12 Tournament titles.

The women open their season No. 11 with a home game against Northeastern.

The men's team, led by four-year starter Payton Pritchard, open Nov. 5 against Fresno State, and play No. 16 Memphis in Portland, Nov. 12.

 

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.

 

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