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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has your Wednesday spring football practice report.

Highlights: After some first-day jitters Tuesday, quarterback Dakota Prukop seemed more efficient today at what new QB coach David Yost terms “finding completions.” Prukop worked the ball to Taylor Stinson, Charles Nelson and Johnny Mundt to drive the field with the offense in the opening tempo drill...

■ Pharoah Brown talks about his journey after recovering from injury.

■ Tyson Alger looks at the different styles of Scott Frost and Matt Lubick.

■ Chantel Jennings reports on Dakota Prukop's head start in Eugene.

■ Ivan Maisel looks at the unique relationship between Brady Hoke and Don Pellum.

■ Dale Newton takes a closer look at Dakota Prukop.

...The Big Sky isn’t the PAC-12. Despite thinking right and identifying high goals for himself and his team, Prukop has a huge adjustment...


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Rob Moseley has your first spring football practice report.

Highlights: First day, first period, first play was Taj Griffin getting the ball in the backfield and bursting into the open field. The tempo drill was thus reset, and the defense got a stop when Arrion Springs stepped up to break up a ball from Prukop to Evan Baylis. … In one-on-one drills, the very welcome sight of Pharaoh Brown taking a short pass and fighting off Tyree Robinson for significant yards after the catch. Robinson bounced back later in the drill to break up a ball in the direction of Johnny Mundt.

Video interviews with Dakota Prukop and Mark Helfrich following the practice yesterday.

■ Tyson Alger talks about the return of Pharoah Brown to the practice field.

If Brown returns to 100 percent, the Ducks will have one of the deepest tight end groups in the country. Brown earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2014 after catching six touchdown passes despite missing the last five games of the season, while Johnny Mundt and Evan Baylis both garnered plenty of experience in his absence last year.

■ Andrew Greif says Taj Griffin is expecting a lot more work at receiver this spring.

John Canzano looks at the new new coaches of the football team.

■ Cheridan Hawkins has earned NFCA national pitcher of the week recognition.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Rob Moseley shares "what to watch for" as spring football practice begins later today.

Welcoming back two major weapons: Both tight end Pharaoh Brown and receiver Devon Allen remained limited throughout 2015 due to leg injuries suffered late in the 2014 campaign..
Andrew Greif and team look at five storylines as spring football practice gets underway today and then takes a closer look at likely changes to the defense.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

Oregon lost to Oklahoma yesterday 80-68 to finish the season at 31-7.

■ John Canzano says the Pac-12 needs to do a better job representing the conference in the future,

■ The softball team won their 18th straight as they swept Stanford yesterday 8-0 yesterday.

■ Oregon dropped the series against the dawgs 7-4.

On deck: The Ducks hit the road for another four-game week with a single game at Notre Dame on Thursday before opening a three-game set at Michigan State on Friday. The Ducks and Spartans will play single games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Hayden Kim previews the Oregon vs Oklahoma matchup later today.

■ Rob Moseley talks about Dana Altman and his close friend Lon Kruger the head coach of Oklahoma.

■ John Canzano looks at how Dana Altman had Dillon Brooks' back after the three point shot to end the Duke game and has three thoughts on the game today.

■ The softball team beat Stanford yesterday 11-2 behind three home runs.

■ Oregon shutout the dawgs 2-0 yesterday in Seattle.

On deck: Oregon and Washington the dawgs will wrap up the three-game series Saturday at 3 p.m. David Peterson (2-2, 1.42) will take the mound for the Ducks, while Spencer Jones (1-2, 5.14) will throw for Washington. The Pac-12 Networks will televise the game.


Friday, March 25, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Oregon dismantled Duke 82-68 last night and will meet Oklahoma in the West Regional final. Elite Eight...pretty sweet.

Up Next: The Ducks will face Oklahoma in the Elite Eight on Saturday (3:07 p.m., CBS).

John Canzano says the Ducks are now playing big-boy basketball.

■ Tyson Alger looks at the Oklahoma team Oregon will meet in the Elite Eight.

■ The softball team beat Stanford yesterday in their new stadium 2-0.

■ The baseball team lost to the dawgs 9-6 yesterday in Seattle.

On deck: Game two of the series is tonight at 7 p.m. with Matt Krook (0-1, 5.40) schedule to pitch for Oregon...The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley says the Ducks will be tested later today by the Duke three point shooters. Pretty good breakdown video at the end of this article.

■ Tyson Alger says Duke has what Oregon wants, a history of winning big games when it matters most.

■ Austin Grebeck is trying to be the spark that produces runs for the baseball team.

“I just go into every game knowing my job is to get on base for the guys behind me,” said Grebeck, whose 16 runs are seven more than any other UO player.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Justin Wise previews the game against Duke tomorrow and Casey Benson is ready to face Duke.

Oregon wins if: It maintains a presence in the paint while also displaying its advantage when it comes to versatility and athleticism. Then, if that can carry over into a sustainable night on the offensive end, Oregon can reach the Elite Eight.

■ Andrew Nemec reports the baseball team fell out of the top 25 rankings but looks to bounce back in Seattle.

Kyle Kasser went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead Oregon to a 6-4 nonconference win over Seattle U. at Bannerwood Stadium yesterday.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

eDuck has an early break down video of the Oregon-Duke game on Thursday.

■ Rob Moseley says the third time is charm for Elgin Cook in his quest to make the sweet sixteen.

■ Max Thornberry says the Ducks baseball team has learned a few things as they got a taste of Pac-12 play last weekend.

■ The softball team completed the series sweep against the dawgs 16-4 yesterday

Up Next: UO will play its home opener on Thursday at 6 p.m. against Stanford. The contest marks the first game in Jane Sanders Stadium.


Monday, March 21, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Dillon Brooks made the difference last night as Oregon advances to the sweet sixteen after beating S. Joe's 69-64

Who Stood Out: Brooks made 7-of-13 field-goal attempts for a game-high 25 points, none bigger than the three-pointer that put Oregon in the lead for good.

Up Next: The Ducks will face fourth-seeded Duke in a West Regional semifinal on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.

Brooks interview video here.

John Canzano shares his thoughts on the victory.

The softball team beat the dawgs 11-6 to clinch the series.

The baseball team lost the series to the Utes 2-0.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Rob Moseley says Oregon's big win over Holy Cross provides the team an opportunity of a lifetime. Specially for Max Heller.

Tyson Alger preview the game today against. St. Joseph's.

■ John Canzano calls St. Joseph's a one-man act as he talks about their head coach Phil Martelli..

■ The bats came alive at PK Park yesterday as the Ducks beat Utah 9-5.

On Deck: The Ducks will send left-hander David Peterson (2-1, 1.40) to the mound on Sunday to try and secure a series win, while lefty Josh Lapiana (0-3, 4.43) is slated to throw for the Utes. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. and will be aired on Pac-12 Networks.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Oregon beat Holy Cross handily in the opening round of the NCAA tournament 91-52.

The Ducks (29-6) never trailed and led by as much as 42 late in the second half. Oregon shot .557, had a 44-28 rebounding advantage  and committed just seven turnovers while limiting the Crusaders to .364 shooting.

John Canzano shares his thoughts on the Ducks advancing in the tournament.

■ Justin Wise previews the Oregon vs St. Joseph's game on Sunday.

The baseball team dropped the Pac-12 opener against Utah 4-1 last night at PK Park.


Friday, March 18, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Rob Moseley says the Ducks can take their first step later today in the NCAA Tournament and looks at the short notice for preparing for Holy Cross.

■ Jen Beyrle previews the game against Holy Cross later today and Will Denner also shares his preview.

Rob Moseley says the baseball team looks to rebound as Pac-12 action starts at PK Park later today. Kenny Jacoby and Max Thornberry also looks ahead to the weekend series against Utah.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley reports Oregon forward Chris Boucher is eligible to return to the program for the 2016-17 season after having a waiver request granted by the NCAA.

■ John Canzano talks about Oregon's first opponent, Holy Cross, as they won their play-in game yesterday against Southern.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Chantel Jennings looks at the state of the football program heading into the 2016 season.

Offensively, the Ducks have playmakers all over the field. The big question is whether FCS transfer quarterback Dakota Prukop is as good as many Oregon fans hope.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Oregon moved up three spots to #5 which matches the best AP ranking ever after winning the Pac-12 tournament.

■ Ryan Kostecka shares his thoughts on players, teams and potential match-ups to watch in the West Regional.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Oregon earned a #1 seed in the west regional and will face the winner of the Holy Cross/Southern matchup on Friday.

"Today’s special for us," UO coach Dana Altman said at a watch party for the tournament selection show Sunday. "It’s a first in our program’s history. We’re going to have to make that work for us, now, fellas. But it is a special day."

John Canzano gives Oregon its due but warns not to sleep on anyone, no matter their seeding.

The baseball team got swept by Mississippi St. yesterday 5-2.

On Deck: The Ducks will return home to open conference play next weekend with a three-game series against Utah. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Friday at PK Park and will be aired on Pac-12 Networks.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

Oregon crushed Utah 88-57 to win the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas last night.

The Ducks (28-6) shot .516, with Tyler Dorsey scoring 23 points, Dillon Brooks adding 18 and Cook – the tournament’s MVP — adding 11. They also limited Utah to .432 by playing a zone defense that allowed them to flood passing lanes for 13 steals, and collapse on the post to limit Poeltl to 13 points in 27 minutes.

John Canzano makes his case for the Ducks getting a two-seed this afternoon on the Selection Sunday broadcast.

■ The softball team beat Sacramento St. 4-1 in the first game of a double header and then beat Pacific 11-0.

Up Next: The Ducks are scheduled to face Sacramento State in the final game of the Louisville Slugger Classic today at 10am weather permitting.

The baseball team lost to Mississippi St. 9-3 yesterday.

On deck: The Ducks and Bulldogs wrap up the series on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. (PT). David Peterson (2-0, 0.45) will take the mound for the Ducks.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Oregon needed overtime but beat Arizona 95-89 and now face Utah today at 7:15 pm for the Pac-12 championship.

“I’m very proud of the toughness of this team,” UO coach Dana Altman told the Ducks in the postgame locker room.

John Canzano talks about the craziness of March tournament play.

Oregon didn't just beat Arizona on Friday. It received the education of a lifetime. It suffered almost no consequence, except maybe an Altman ulcer, for all the mistakes it made. The NCAA Tournament will feel like that. And as much as each of Oregon's 27 victories this season may someday feel like equal partners, No. 27 was the perfect live-fire training exercise for a team that feels dangerous.

■ Cheridan Hawkins threw a no-hitter as the Ducks beat Pacific 15-0.

■ The baseball team dropped the series opener against Mississippi St, 10-4.


Friday, March 11, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Oregon held on to beat the dawgs 83-77 in the Pac-12 quarterfinals yesterday in Las Vegas.

"Those guys were playing hard," said Elgin Cook, the Ducks' second-leading scorer, who was on the bench for the first-half rally but ended up matching Boucher's 19 points to lead the Ducks in the game. "They were playing hard. So when I got back in, I wanted to match that energy. They did a great job getting us going."

John Canzano looks at today's matchup against Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament semi-finals.

■ Andrew Nemec looks at the upcoming series against Mississippi St.

■ Max Thornberry makes a case for Matt Krook.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ Rob Moseley says the basketball team's willingness to share fueled their Pac-12 title run.

“That was a thing we talked about as a team before the season, and not just with the coaches,” Dwayne Benjamin said. “Don’t worry if it’s not your night. Everybody’s going to step up.”

■ The baseball team has been helped by their escaping trouble according to this report.

■ Andrew Bantly looks ahead to the baseball road trip against ranked SEC opponents.

■ Dale Newton says the Dakota Prukop transfer renews optimism for the "new-look" Duck football program.


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Oregon pitcher David Peterson was named a Louisville Slugger Player of the week yesterday.

Over his last two starts, Peterson hasn’t allowed an earned run while giving up just eight hits and fanning 22.

■ Catcher Tim Susnara has been named to the 2016 Johnny Bench Award Watch List.

■ Tyson Alger talked with QB coach David Yost recently.

Oregon's first game isn't for seven months and spring practice is still nearly a month away. Right now, Yost is focused on getting comfortable.


Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Monday, March 07, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Oregon clinched the series against UCSB 3-1 behind David Peterson's stellar pitching performance.

On Deck: The Ducks will head east for a four-game road trip, playing a midweek game at Alabama on Thursday at 4:35 p.m. (PT) before traveling to No. 24 Mississippi State for a three-game series.

■ The softball team won 8-0 against New Mexico St. completing the seep at the Las Vegas Invitational.

Up Next: The Ducks will travel Stockton, Calif. next weekend for its final tournament. The Ducks will face San Jose State on Friday and then will play two games each against host Pacific and Sacramento State.


Sunday, March 06, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

Oregon claimed the outright Pac-12 title yesterday beating USC 76-66.

Tyler Dorsey scored 19 points and Elgin Cook added 17 to lead the Ducks.

UP NEXT: Oregon opens the Pac-12 Tournament as the top seed Thursday in Las Vegas at noon.

Oregon lost to UCSB 1-0 in 14 innings at PK Park yesterday.

On Deck: The Ducks and Gauchos close out the series Sunday at noon, with UO left-hander David Peterson (1-0, 0.69) slated to face right-hander Joe Record (1-0, 1.38).

Oregon softball beat Utah yesterday 9-0 in the UNLV Classic for their ninth win a row.

UP NEXT: Oregon will close out play at the UNLV Classic this morning against New Mexico State at 11:15 a.m.


Saturday, March 05, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

Oregon had it all going yesterday as they beat UCSB 13-1 at PK Park.

In its most complete performance of the young season, the No. 11 Oregon baseball team dominated UC Santa Barbara on Friday, winning 13-1 behind another stellar outing from Cole Irvin and production from throughout the lineup.

The Ducks and Gauchos play game two of the series today at an adjusted start time of noon.

■ Not to be outdone by the guys the softball team won two games yesterday to open the UNLV Classic.

■ The basketball team can win the outright Pac-12 title when they visit USC today.

Regular-season finale at Southern California (1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks.


Friday, March 04, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Andrew Bantly and Rob Moseley talk about the upcoming series against UC Santa Barbara.

The series begins at PK Park today with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. (Make that 3:00 PM this afternoon)

■ Kevin Gemmell continues looking at the 25 most iconic football plays in the Pac-12 for the past decade. This time he looks at one of the many De'Anthony Thomas special plays.


Thursday, March 03, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Oregon beat UCLA last night 76-68 giving the Ducks at least a share of the Pac-12 title.

Tyler Dorsey scored 20 points, Dillon Brooks added 15 points, and Elgin Cook had 14 points.

The regular season concludes at Southern California on Saturday.

John Canzano talked with defensive coordinator Brady Hoke recently regarding a wide range of topics.


Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Chantel Jennings says Brady Hoke brings a fresh pair of eyes and ears to the defense.

■ Rob Moseley previews the basketball game later today against UCLA.

Oregon, which can clinch a share of the Pac-12 title with a win Wednesday, will do its best to slow down the Bruins.

■ Kenny Jacoby talks about A.J. Balta's rehab journey.

George Horton described Balta as a “very confident individual,” who errs on the side of being over-aggressive.

“We like his personality in the batter’s box,” Horton said.


Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ The Oregon basketball team rose to #9 in the latest AP poll.

Oregon's climb came after the Ducks notched home wins over the Washington State Cougars on Wednesday and the Washington Huskies on Sunday.

■ The Duck baseball team rose to #7 in the Perfect Game top 25 rankings.

■ Chantel Jennings has Oregon in "good shape" in the Pac-12 North reviews of the DB position group.

■ Kevin Gemmell and the ESPN bloggers are looking at the top 25 iconic plays (25-21 this time) of the past decade and mentions Oregon several times.