Oregon coach Dana Altman looks on as his team trails by 18 at the half. The Oregon Ducks face the Oklahoma Sooners on March 26, 2016 in the Elite 8 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. (Kyle Sandler/Emerald)
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Recruiting update: Payton Pritchard, Kavell Bigby-Williams headline 2016 class

A year after bringing in one of the better recruiting classes in recent memory, Dana Altman has pulled together another impressive class of recruits heading into the 2016 season. Headlining Oregon’s incoming class are the No. 1 player in the state of Oregon, Payton Pritchard, and junior college national player of …

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Oregon Ducks forward Dillon Brooks (24) throws up the "O" after cutting his part of the net. The Oregon Ducks face the Utah Utes in the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 12, 2016. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Report: Altman says Boucher and Bell will not declare for NBA Draft, Brooks and Dorsey unclear

UPDATE – 4:02 p.m.: Dana Altman reportedly told CBS Sports Chris Boucher and Jordan Bell will not declare for the NBA Draft, and Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey are still weighing their options. Oregon’s Chris Boucher and Jordan Bell will not enter the 2016 NBA Draft, Dana Altman told @CBSSports. …

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Oregon adds junior college All-American Kavell Bigby-Williams

Dana Altman’s trend of landing junior college transfers continued this weekend. Oregon men’s basketball added All-American forward Kavell Bigby-Williams to its roster. Bigby-Williams, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound standout from Gillette College in Wyoming, officially confirmed his commit to DuckTerritory.com over the weekend. As a sophomore last season, Bigby-Williams posted 16.8 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 5.8 …

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The Oregon bench reacts after a Ducks player makes a good play. The Oregon Ducks face the Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 11, 2016. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Oregon still not sure who will declare for NBA Draft, Benjamin officially commits to basketball

Dana Altman told his players to take two weeks off from practicing and weight lifting. As hard as it was for the players to stay out of the gym, they are now easing back onto the court in preparation for the offseason. The focus has slowly shifted from heartbreak to …

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Oregon coach Dana Altman looks on as his team trails by 18 at the half. The Oregon Ducks face the Oklahoma Sooners on March 26, 2016 in the Elite 8 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. (Kyle Sandler/Emerald)
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Oregon appears prepared to build on success after falling short of Final Four

There is a reason why it hurts. Like Dana Altman told a small circle of media members after Oregon fell short of the Final Four, these next six months without practices and games will be tough. “It’s going to hurt for a while,” Altman, who won Pac-12 Coach of the Year …

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Oregon Ducks forward Dwayne Benjamin (0) defends a Saint Joseph player as he goes to make a pass. The No. 1 Oregon Ducks take on the No. 8 Saint Joseph's Hawks in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash. on March 20, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon’s Dwayne Benjamin hints at a return to football on Twitter

It appeared Oregon basketball forward Dwayne Benjamin hinted at joining the Ducks football team in a tweet Thursday afternoon. Back to The Action 🏈🙏🏽#BlessUppic.twitter.com/iQHtYb8XEa — Dwayne Benjamin (@MadBuckets) March 31, 2016 The tweet comes about a week after Benjamin expressed interest in the idea of trading his sneakers for cleats. “It is …

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Oregon forward Dillon Brooks talks with media members the day before Elite Eight matchup with Oregon (Hayden Kim/ Emerald).
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New NBA Draft rule could give reason for players like Brooks, Dorsey to declare

Following Oregon’s 80-68 loss to Oklahoma in the Elite Eight Saturday, graduate transfer Dylan Ennis told reporters he hoped the success this team experienced would create momentum heading into next year’s campaign. But in this era of college basketball, in which it seems the majority of freshmen and sophomores with NBA …

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Oregon forward Dwayne Benjamin consoles guard Dillon Brooks as the game comes to an end. The Oregon Ducks face the Oklahoma Sooners on March 26, 2016 in the Elite 8 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. (Kyle Sandler/Emerald)
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Buddy Hield, Oklahoma too much as Oregon’s historic season comes to a close

ANAHEIM – In the far left corner of the Oregon locker room, Dwayne Benjamin sat with a towel over his head. Fighting back tears, Benjamin slowly collected his red and black Jordan sandals and packed his bag. The graduating senior, who had transferred from Mt. San Jacinto College two years ago, realized …

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Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield talks with media members the day before Elite Eight matchup with Oregon (Hayden Kim/ Emerald).
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Buddy Hield draws comparisons to Oregon: ‘You kind of watch yourself out there’

ANAHEIM – Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield said he didn’t find out about his head coach Lon Kruger’s long back history with Oregon head coach Dana Altman until one of his teammates gave him the low-down while stretching at the team’s shoot around. The two coaches first came together back in …

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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski pleads his case to a referee. The Oregon Ducks face the Duke Blue Devils on March 24, 2016 in the Sweet 16 at the Honda Center. (Kyle Sandler/Emerald)
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Kim: Trash talk or not, Dillon Brooks’ late game celebration shouldn’t be an issue

 ANAHEIM – Out of all the moments from Oregon’s Sweet 16 win over Duke last night, the spotlight was lit on the alleged interaction between Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Ducks forward Dillon Brooks as they shook hands after the game. It all sprouted when Brooks drained a three-pointer from …

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The Honda Center and the Big West Conference played host to the Western Conference Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight matches. The Oregon Ducks face the Duke Blue Devils on March 24, 2016 in the Sweet 16 at the Honda Center. (Kyle Sandler/Emerald)
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Game Preview: No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 2 Oklahoma

ANAHEIM – Top-seeded Oregon will continue its NCAA tournament run following an 82-68 win over Duke in the Sweet 16. Up next will be an even tougher task with the nation’s leading scorer Buddy Hield and No. 2 seed Oklahoma. The Elite Eight West Regional final is set for a 3:07 …

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Oregon coach Dana Altman directs his team. The Oregon Ducks face the Duke Blue Devils on March 24, 2016 in the Sweet 16 at the Honda Center. (Kyle Sandler/Emerald)
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Sweet 16: Oregon far from satisfied at it advances to Elite Eight with 82-68 win over Duke

ANAHEIM – Exactly 38 seconds remained on the clock at the Honda Center when Dillon Brooks pulled down his ninth and final rebound. A couple ticks later, he held the ball in his hands near the half court line as a section of Oregon fans behind the team’s bench let …

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Oregon Ducks forward Dwayne Benjamin (0) defends a Saint Joseph player as he goes to make a pass. The No. 1 Oregon Ducks take on the No. 8 Saint Joseph's Hawks in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash. on March 20, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Live coverage: No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 4 Duke

Top-seeded Oregon faces defending national champion Duke in the Sweet 16 for the right to move on to the Elite Eight. Tweets from https://twitter.com/DailyEmerald/lists/oregon-vs-duke

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Sweet 16: Matchup against Duke presents ‘great opportunity’ for Oregon

ANAHEIM – When Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski was asked to point out the biggest challenges about playing Oregon Wednesday afternoon, he highlighted the team’s athleticism, versatility and effort. His All-Americans Grayson Allen and Matt Jones, who sat side-by-side with the five-time national champion, nodded their heads in agreement. “You …

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Duke Chronicle: Keys to the game for the Blue Devils

**Editor’s Note: Each week during football season, we feature an essay from the opponent’s student newspaper on why Oregon will lose. With the Ducks’ matched up against Duke in the Sweet 16, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to hear an opponent’s take during the basketball season. This edition is from Ryan Hoerger, a sports …

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Oregon Ducks forward Dillon Brooks (24) celebrates Oregon's win after the game. The No. 1 Oregon Ducks take on the No. 8 Saint Joseph's Hawks in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash. on March 20, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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NCAA Tournament: Top four seeds move on to Sweet Sixteen in West region

Oregon’s path is only getting harder.  No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 4 Duke all advanced to the Sweet Sixteen last weekend, making the West the only region to have all top four seeds advance to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a breakdown of …

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Oregon Ducks forward Jordan Bell (1), Oregon Ducks guard Tyler Dorsey (5) and Oregon Ducks forward Chris Boucher (25) reach to block Saint Joseph's Hawks forward James Demery (25). The No. 1 Oregon Ducks take on the No. 8 Saint Joseph's Hawks in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash. on March 20, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Game preview: No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 4 Duke

Oregon’s second round tilt with St. Joseph’s ended at around 10 p.m. Sunday, and it’s likely head coach Dana Altman didn’t even get the chance to leave Spokane Arena until after midnight. After a come-from-behind win secured Altman his second Sweet Sixteen bid as the coach at Oregon, he was also likely in need of …

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Oregon Ducks guard Tyler Dorsey (5) shoots a three pointer late in the game to extend the Ducks' lead. The No. 1 Oregon Ducks take on the No. 8 Saint Joseph's Hawks in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash. on March 20, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon survives St. Joseph’s rally, advances to Sweet 16 with 69-64 win

Oregon got a taste of March Madness against St. Joseph’s on Sunday in Spokane, and appeared headed for an early Spring Break. The Ducks were on the ropes, trailing 58-51 with five and a half minutes remaining. But a late rally, led by Dillon Brooks, Elgin Cook and Tyler Dorsey …

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Oregon Ducks guard Kendall Small (21) tries to get past Holy Cross Crusaders guard Robert Champion (22). The No. 5 Oregon Ducks play the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash. on March 18, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Live coverage: No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 8 St. Joseph’s

Oregon looks to make it past the first weekend for the first time since 2013 tonight in its Round of 32 matchup against eighth-seeded St. Joseph’s. Tweets from https://twitter.com/DailyEmerald/lists/oregon-vs-st-joseph-s

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Oregon Ducks forward Jordan Bell (1) is defended by Holy Cross Crusaders forward Jehyve Floyd (20) as he tries to get a shot off. The No. 5 Oregon Ducks play the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash. on March 18, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Game Preview: No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 8 St. Joseph’s

Dillon Brooks told reporters he was a little scared heading into Oregon’s first round matchup against 16th-seeded Holy Cross Friday. It wasn’t because of a certain mismatch the Crusaders posed, rather because of the craziness that was ensuing before it. Michigan State, a team that for many weeks of the season …

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Oregon Ducks forward Elgin Cook (23) dunks the ball. The No. 5 Oregon Ducks play the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash. on March 18, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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No. 1 Oregon begins NCAA Tournament with 91-52 thrashing of No. 16 Holy Cross

Oregon (29-6) started out fast against No. 16 Holy Cross (15-20) and never let up, as it cruised to a 91-52 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday. Elgin Cook led the Ducks with a superb all-around game of 11 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Chris …

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Oregon Ducks guard Tyler Dorsey (5) goes up for a shot during the second half. The Oregon Ducks face the Utah Utes in the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 12, 2016. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Game preview: No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 16 Holy Cross

Oregon (27-6) earned a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history thanks in large part to a dominant 88-57 win over Utah in the Pac-12 Championship game. Oregon was picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 preseason media poll, but exceeded expectations with a 14-4 conference record, including …

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Oregon Ducks forward Chris Boucher (25) celebrates after Oregon advances to a 30-point lead. The Oregon Ducks face the Utah Utes in the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 12, 2016. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Chris Boucher’s petition for another year of eligibility is approved

Just days before Oregon men’s basketball begins the NCAA Tournament, it learned that its most impactful low-post presence will be staying with the Ducks for the 2016-17 season. Chris Boucher’s petition to have another year of NCAA eligibility was approved Wednesday, making the 6-foot-10 Montreal native a part of head coach Dana …

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Baylor Bears forward Rico Gathers (2) beats out Oregon Ducks forward Chris Boucher (25). The No. 25 Oregon Ducks take on the No. 20 Baylor Bears at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 11, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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NCAA Tournament: Players, teams and potential match-ups to watch in the West Region

For the first time in school history, the Oregon men’s basketball team earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks, who are the top-seed in the West Region, will travel to Spokane, Washington, for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. They will face the winner of …

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