Men's BasketballSports

Knight Arena magic doesn't extend to Saturday

There were several moments during Saturday afternoon’s matchup between Oregon and UCLA where physicality and depth took its toll on the Ducks. Oregon (8-10, 1-5 Pacific-10 Conference) was coming off its first win in exactly a month, with the hopes that a little more Matthew Knight Arena magic could help …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Oregon cannot overcome size disadvantage

Sitting at the podium in the basement of Matthew Knight Arena after a 67-59 loss to UCLA, Dana Altman had a candid moment with reporters. “Our margin for error is not very big,” Altman said. “Kind of like our team; we’re not real big.” Indeed, to win games in the …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Ducks cannot overcome Huskies' second-half surge

For a few fleeting moments on Thursday night, it looked as if the Oregon men’s basketball team would pull off another upset of No. 23 Washington (11-3, 3-0 Pacific-10 Conference) in Seattle. Yet, despite grabbing a 47-46 lead early in the second half, Oregon (7-8, 0-3 Pac-10) ultimately fell 87-69. …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Ducks struggling heading into Washington road trip

Already facing an 0-2 hole in the Pacific-10 Conference, things won’t get any easier for the Oregon men’s basketball team as it travels to Washington for matchups with the Huskies and Cougars this weekend. Oregon (7-7, 0-2 Pac-10) arrives in Seattle Thursday fresh off of disappointing losses to Arizona and …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Ducks in a shooting slump heading into road trip

After Oregon fell 60-55 to a banged-up Arizona State squad Saturday night, head coach Dana Altman joked that maybe the move to Matthew Knight Arena in the coming weeks would help his Ducks out of their current shooting slump. He was not shy in admitting Oregon is struggling to knock …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Ducks dominate fastbreak play, take on Broncos

Once again, the Oregon women’s basketball team is among the nation’s offensive elite. The Ducks are tops in the Pacific-10 Conference and third in the nation, averaging 90.5 points through six games. A 2-1 showing at their Thanksgiving-weekend tournament, the Oregon Invitational, has them 5-1 overall. That one loss was …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Ducks ready for another top-10 opponent

As men’s basketball practice began to wind down Wednesday, head coach Dana Altman still had plenty of energy left in the tank. Pacing around the floor, he bellowed out instructions as if the Ducks were playing in a live game. As the team practiced its full court press, he implored …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Oregon takes on Texas Southern Tuesday night

The Oregon men’s basketball team (3-1) will have to put a tough loss on Saturday in the rear-view mirror as Texas Southern (1-3) arrives at McArthur Court Tuesday night. It will be a short trip to Eugene for the Tigers, as they are fresh off a 66-60 win over Oregon …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Fresh faces give Oregon a new look

Oregon men’s basketball practice has a much different feel to it this season. A new coaching staff and slew of new players has revamped the Oregon program and moved it in a new direction. At Wednesday afternoon’s practice held at McArthur Court, Oregon’s starting five — Joevan Catron, E.J. Singler, …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Ducks kick off season with BTI Invitational

Fresh off a home exhibition win against Northwest Christian University, the Oregon men’s basketball team will begin the 2010 regular season in earnest this weekend as it hosts the BTI Invitational. The Ducks will play three games between Friday and Sunday against North Dakota State, Denver and UC Santa Barbara. …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Altman receiving support from returning players

Sitting in a chair off to the side at McArthur Court, Garrett Sim stared vacantly into the media gaggle in front of him at center court. He was next in line to speak to reporters; one of the last players to take questions before media day officially came to an …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Key men’s basketball newcomers to watch this season

Johnathan Loyd The freshman from Las Vegas looks to be next in the line of undersized Oregon point guards. The speedy 5-foot-9-inch Loyd weighs in at just 165 pounds, but could excel in Altman’s fast-paced game style. Following his senior season at Bishop Gorman High School, Loyd was named the …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Key men's basketball newcomers to watch this season

Johnathan Loyd The freshman from Las Vegas looks to be next in the line of undersized Oregon point guards. The speedy 5-foot-9-inch Loyd weighs in at just 165 pounds, but could excel in Altman’s fast-paced game style. Following his senior season at Bishop Gorman High School, Loyd was named the …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Ducks cancel Italy trip, schedule Cavaliers

The Oregonian reported Friday that Virginia has been added to the men’s basketball non-conference schedule for head coach Dana Altman’s first season. The Ducks will take on the Cavaliers in Charlottesville on December 17. Oregon has not released its completed men’s basketball schedule, but one other known matchup is against …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Indiana State head coach joins Altman’s staff

New Oregon men’s basketball head coach Dana Altman has hired Kevin McKenna for his second assistant coach, leaving only one more to be hired. Former Indiana State Sycamores head coach McKenna joins Brian Fish on Altman’s staff. Altman will hire one more assistant coach to bring the number to three, …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Altman settles in, gets to know team during workouts

Ivar Vong When assistant coach Brian Fish entered the gym at McArthur Court, shorts on and ready to work, he exchanged a brief but affectionate handshake with sophomore Teondre Williams. To an outsider, it would have looked like they had known each other for years, rather than just a few …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Altman’s $1.8 million contract loaded with incentives

In the first example of University President Lariviere’s promised transparency, the athletic department released new basketball coach Dana Altman’s contract to the media immediately after his press conference Monday afternoon. In an unusual event, interim athletic director Lorraine Davis made a show of pulling out Altman’s letter of intent and …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Oregon reportedly set to hire Dana Altman as new coach

After a lengthy nationwide search to find the next Oregon men’s head basketball coach, it appears the Oregon athletic department is getting closer to making its final decision. The Register-Guard’s Bob Clark reported Sunday afternoon that sources say Oregon will be making an official offer to Creighton head coach Dana …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Thurston graduate Wiley will transfer

Jack Hunter It was reported late last night by The Oregonian’s John Hunt that sophomore forward Drew Wiley has chosen to transfer from the Oregon men’s basketball team. Wiley is a 6-foot-7-inch forward who graduated from Springfield’s Thurston High School in 2008. As a senior at Thurston, he led the …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Ernie out the door

Jack Hunter On March 16, the University announced it had terminated the contract of 13-year head men’s basketball coach Ernie Kent. It was an emotional end to his run at the school, with his team in attendance to hear his final words as coach. “When I think about Oregon, I …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Put on your dancing shoes, it’s time for March Madness

It’s the middle of March, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to go dancing. Selection Sunday has come and passed, and that scratching sound you hear is that of thousands of pencils etching Final Four picks onto freshly printed brackets. There are favorites (Kansas, Kentucky), long-shots (BYU, …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

The Midas touch

Jerome Randle is in a world of his own in the Pacific-10 Conference. The California star and Pac-10 Player of the Year played a nearly flawless first half as the Golden Bears torched the Oregon Ducks 90-74 Thursday afternoon at the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament. With the win, Cal (22-9) …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Staying alive

Jack Hunter With seven seconds left in the game and the score 71-70 Washington State, Oregon sophomore guard Malcolm Armstead fouled Cougar Reggie Moore. Moore calmly walked to the line and hit the first shot. Then, after a timeout by WSU, he missed the second, and Oregon scooped up the …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Ducks face WSU yet again

Jack Hunter Matching up with the same team three times in one season can be a tricky thing, but that’s exactly what the Oregon men’s basketball team (15-15, 7-11 Pacific-10 Conference) will have to do when they take on the Washington State Cougars (16-14, 6-12 Pac-10) in the opening round …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

All over but the pink slip?

Jack Hunter Ernie Kent’s job status is the single most intriguing story line going into the Pacific-10 Tournament this week in Los Angeles. It’s the proverbial elephant in the room. He won’t address it directly, and Monday media day was cut short because there were too many questions about Kent’s …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Long live The Pit

Jack Hunter With 29 seconds left in Saturday’s game at McArthur Court, head coach Ernie Kent subbed out senior Tajuan Porter so he could get the standing ovation he deserved. Porter used the opportunity to bow to all corners of Mac Court before he ran off, and in a season …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Pondexter on the prowl

Jack Hunter Senior forward Quincy Pondexter scored 20 of his game-high 34 points in the first half to help the Washington Huskies (20-9, 10-7 Pacific-10 Conference) defeat the Oregon Ducks 86-72 on Thursday night at McArthur Court. The 6-foot-6 inch, 215-pound Pondexter put on a one-man dunk contest against the …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Blazers star visits Mac Court

Brandon Roy brings good luck wherever he goes. Meeting with the media prior to Thursday night’s game, the Trail Blazers star talked about his memories of McArthur Court and what it was like being a Husky in Duck territory. Decked out in purple and his old No. 3 jersey, Roy …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Contender to pretender

ODE When the Oregon men’s basketball team trounced then-No. 17 Washington back on Jan. 2, the Ducks were in the midst of a six-game winning streak with what looked to be a promising season ahead of them. Oregon was atop the Pacific-10 Conference standings and seemed like a possible contender …

READ MORE →
Men's BasketballSports

Tajuan Porter: Slump Buster

Jack Hunter In the final Pacific-10 Conference road trip of his career, senior Tajuan Porter delivered in a big way. First it was a 16-point effort, including a three-pointer in the closing minute to ice the game against the USC Trojans on Thursday. Then on Saturday, it was a 29-point …

READ MORE →