It has become quite an awful beginning to the new year of 2014 for the Oregon Ducks basketball team. As the team was soaring in with their mighty duck wings flying high, the Ducks hit a wall.
Entering into Pac-12 conference play, Oregon was regarded as one of the biggest surprises of the year thus far. Boasting an undefeated 12-0 record, sitting in the AP top-10, and averaging one of the highest points per game in the nation. The team was all smiles and laughs, especially with the arrival of three new highly touted transfers in Jason Calliste, Mike Moser, and Joseph Young. However, the true identity of this Oregon team was quickly exposed. Besides the overtime win over Utah, Oregon went on to lose five straight and eight of their last ten games.
Some might call it bad luck and some might say they were overrated, but the matter of the fact now is that the team can only go up. With five of their final seven games at home, Oregon has a chance to finish the season strong. But with only a couple of wins over the Pac-12’s weakest opponents, there is a small chance they will make it to March Madness.
As I look at the opportunities ahead, I see many chances that would make any Oregon fan proud. They still have a home games versus their most hated rivals, Washington and Oregon State. Then they finish the season off with the chance to knock of the number two ranked Arizona Wildcats at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. All three of these games can potentially help compensate for one of the most disappointing seasons in regards to the results of the conference games.
Now that Oregon has played each team in the Pac-12, I expect the games to result in their favor. It is important to note that Oregon’s last three losses came on a combined six points. Everyone knows that this is an Oregon team has the talent, and has had it all year long. Now it’s just a matter of finishing games, and hopefully finishing with a positive record. With the Pac-12 tournament still in the reaching, Oregon has the opportunity to make a run at an automatic bid to March Madness. However, these Ducks will need a little more help if they want to repeat as Pac-12 champions.
Oregon’s next game is Sunday February 16 at 3 p.m. at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. Oregon looks to split the Civil War series as they face a 13-10 Oregon State Beavers team.