Oregon Ducks News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Addicted To Quack: Quack Fix 4-18-19: Home on The Diamond
Duck sprinter Cravon Gillespie expects a homecoming as he heads down to the Mt. SAC Relays this weekend where he is entered in the 100, 200, and 4x100 relay. Gillespie tells us about his long and sometimes difficult road to Oregon, which included a stay at Mt. SAC junior college.
Oregon hosts the second ranked Stanford baseball team for games tonight, Friday, and Saturday to avoid a game on Easter Sunday. A win, or a series win, over the Cardinal would help bolster the Ducks NCAA tournament resume.
Duck softball believes that they are playing their best as the regular season comes to a close.
Fansided: Troy Brown, Jr. Finds Success In First NBA Season
Troy Brown, Jr. left the Oregon Ducks after one season and was a first-round NBA Draft Pick. After a season that started on the bench, he did what every college player dreams. He worked his way into the Starting Lineup for the Washington Wizards.
It was certainly a full season for the former Oregon Ducks. Troy Brown impressed in the Summer League last season and worked his way in with his new team. He suffered an ankle injury in early February that cost him three weeks of playing time and since he returned on February 27th, the rookie has had a steady diet of playing time in his first NBA Season.
Addicted To Quack: Bol Bol Draft Profile
Oregon fans may have not been able to see Bol play as much as they hoped but it seems that NBA scouts have seen enough. Bol is mostly projected to be a top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft (according to countless mock boards) but he does have some issues with his body structure and staying healthy.
In the games that Bol did play, he proved his worth and produced. His season averages consisted of 21.0 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.7 BPG in 29.7 MPG. Bol also shot 56.1% from the field and 52.0% from behind the three-point line in the nine games he suited up.
ESPN.com: NBA upset watch: Big matchups, key adjustments and huge Game 2s
The No. 7 seeds in each conference enter Tuesday's Game 2s having stolen home-court advantage -- for now.
Here are the key adjustments and matchups to watch in Raptors-Magic and Nuggets-Spurs.Raptors-Magic
Traditions must be honored. And so it is that sphincters will be a-tightening for Game 2 of a first-round series in Toronto.
A Raptors optimist -- just kidding, there is no such thing -- would chalk up Toronto's annual opening Saturday gag as a "make-or-miss-league" loss, and the Magic are indeed unlikely to hit 14-of-29 from deep again. But 48 percent from 3-point range is an expected outlier, if there is such a thing, not an insane one; Orlando hit at least 45 percent of its 3s in nine of 82 regular-season games.
Fansided: Oregon Women's Basketball: Sydney Parrish, Nation's Top Guard Commits To Ducks
The Oregon Ducks already have four key players returning next season with the biggest name, Sabrina Ionescu returning for her Senior Season. Oregon will also have Erin Boley, Satou Sabally, along with her sister Nyara for next season. Taylor Chavez will also be a key player next season. After next season, several players could decide to leave and with the addition of Parrish in 2020, Oregon could be in a good position to keep the positive momentum going.
5-Star Guard Sydney Parrish committed to the Oregon Ducks over Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Tennessee, and UCLA. The Oregon Ducks are pushing momentum coming off back to back Elite 8 appearances and their first Final Four a few weeks ago.
Addicted To Quack: Talking with Incoming Oregon Duck, Chris Duarte
If you don't know who Chris Duarte is, just know that he is the 2018-2019 NJCAA Division 1 National Player of the Year and he is headed to Eugene next fall to play under Dana Altman. Chris is a 6'6" guard from Puero Plata in the Dominican Republic. You would think only baseball players come from the Dominican but Chris choose to go a different route and I would say it has panned out really well for him.
Take a bow, @chrisduarte08
Duarte has been named the @NJCAABasketball Division I Spalding(r) Player of the Year after an impressive sophomore campaign.
Addicted To Quack: Weekend Fix 4-13-19: Baseball blows out the Cougars and Softball upsets #1 UCLA
The Oregon Softball team (17-19, 2-8) handed the #1 UCLA Bruins (35-2, 9-1) their first conference loss of the season in a 4-3 upset in Los Angeles. Jordan Dail delivered a masterful performance, striking out 12 and improving her record to 14-8 by snapping the Bruins 19-game winning streak.
Down 2-0 at the top of the 6th, Haley Cruse reached home plate thanks to a two-out RBI hit by freshman Jasmine Sievers. Then, Senior April Utecht hit a two-run homer that gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead. Dail struck out the side in order and Rachel Cid hit a solo homer.
Fansided: WNBA Draft: Maite Cazorla Selected In Second Round
Cazorla was the 11th pick in the second round and the 23rd overall pick. She was a four year player for the Oregon Ducks helping the team to two Elite 8 appearances and the Ducks' first-ever Final Four appearance. As a Senior, she averaged better than 10 points per game hitting better than 40 percent from the floor.
Maite Cazorla had a unique perspective as the Oregon Ducks built a program behind Head Coach Kelly Graves. In her first season, attendance was low. Her first game had about 1,000 people in attendance. Three years later, the Oregon Ducks have found regular and postseason success and fans have come to watch, to the tune of several near sellouts at Matthew Knight Arena this season.
Official Site of the Ducks: NOTES: A Look Back at a Surprising Sweet 16 Season
In 2018-19, Oregon advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third time in the last four seasons and won the Pac-12 Tournament for the third time under coach Dana Altman.
THE STARTING 5
* 1 - Oregon has now won at least one game in its last six NCAA Tournament appearances. This was Oregon's sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven years, and overall it was the Ducks' ninth straight postseason appearance.
* 2 - The Ducks' last six NCAA Tournament losses have all come to teams that made the Final Four, and half of those six losses have come to teams that have won the national title: Louisville (2013); North Carolina (2017) and Virginia (2019).
ESPN.com: Dirk announces retirement after 21 seasons
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki has confirmed his retirement from the NBA after 21 seasons, announcing to an overflow crowd at American Airlines Center that Tuesday night "is my last home game."
Nowitzki scored a season-high 30 points and the Dallas Mavericks celebrated the final home game of the 40-year-old's record 21st season with the same franchise in a 120-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
Nowitzki hadn't confirmed before the game that he was retiring, but the game-long celebration of his career felt even more like a farewell than all the times he was serenaded by the crowds in opposing arenas once he finally made his debut after missing 26 games recovering from ankle surgery.
Addicted To Quack: Oregon Men's Basketball 2020 Odds and Ends
The 2018-2019 season ended last night with a thrilling and captivating final between Virginia and Texas Tech dueling it out. Virginia emerged victorious in a 85-77 overtime battle.
Now we stare into the long abyss of the offseason until the season renews in the winter. But it's not too early to look into the future!
The OG of the bracktologists, ESPN's Joe Lunardi has his bracket predictions out here
Lunardi has Michigan State, the defending champions Virginia, Duke, and Michigan as the one seeds.
He has the Ducks as a 4 seed in the EAST region with Coach Altman's crew facing the 13 seeded Harvard Crimson in nearby Spokane, washington.
Addicted To Quack: The 18 Triple-Doubles of Sabrina Ionescu!
1. San Jose State - Ionescu scored her first triple-double against the Spartans, joining Stefanie Kasperski and Bev Smith in the exclusive Duck Triple-Double Club. (11/27/16)
11 POINTS - 11 ASSISTS - 12 REBOUNDS
2. Clemson - The No. 25 Ducks played their first game as a ranked team since 2003, and defeated the Tigers 87-59 thanks in large part to Ionescu. (12/12/16)
23 POINTS - 10 ASSISTS - 12 REBOUNDS
3. Utah - Oregon was struggling in conference play and entered this contest with a 3-4 record, losing their first three PAC-12 matchups in a row.
Addicted To Quack: Ionescu's Court: Can the Lady Bears beat the Ducks in the Final Four?
Do they have a shot? Ionescu's Court is in session!<strong>SEASON THUS FAR</strong>
RECORD: 35-1, 18-0
BEST WINS: @ Arizona State, South Dakota State, South Carolina (twice), Uconn, Iowa State (three times), Iowa
WORST LOSS: @ Stanford
COMMON OPPONENTS: Arizona State, South Dakota State, Stanford, California
LAST 5 GAMES:W (3/11) BIG 12 Tournament, Iowa State, 67-49
W (3/23) NCAA Tournament, #16 seed Abilene Christian, 95-38
W (3/25) NCAA Tournament, #8 seed California, 102-63
W (3/30) NCAA Tournament, #4 seed South Carolina, 93-68
The Baylor Lady Bears didn't need much time to warm up.
Addicted To Quack: Ducks steal 4-5 on the road after sweeping the Utes in the final series of their Utah road trip
_______________________________________________________________<strong>Utah Valley</strong> The heart of the Ducks' lineup carried the team back into the win column with their efforts against the Utah Valley Wolverines. The 3-4-5 hitters, SS Spencer Steer, 1B Gabe Matthews, and LF Taylor Adams accounted for 9 of the team's 12 runs.
Steer, S. 3-5, 2R, 2 RBI
Matthews, G. 1-3, 4 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
Adams, T. 2-4, 3 RBI, 1 R, 1 BBOregon loosened things up with a six-run 2nd inning.
Fansided: Final Four: Sabrina Ionescu Leads Oregon Ducks vs Mississippi State
Oregon and Mississippi State played a heavy-weight match on the basketball court at the Moda Center on Sunday. Over 11,000 fans were on hand to cheer on the Ducks. Both teams shot 50 percent or better from three-point range. There were 15 lead changes and 11 times the game was tied.
Sabrina Ionescu was the player that stood out again, as she has for the NCAA Tournament so far. After a triple-double last week against Indiana, she again had a huge game. She finished with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and a step back three-pointer in the final minute from the top of the key helped give Oregon the win 88-84 over Mississippi State.