After a busy week of Duck football, let's turn our attention to Duck basketball for a bit, with a big Civil War tomorrow afternoon.
- If the Ducks are going to beat the Beavers this weekend, they are going to have to improve significantly on the offensive side of the ball, and must beat the 1-3-1 zone trap run by the Beavers, who are led by brothers Josh and Seth Tarver. The Beavers' defense held the Ducks to only 35% from the field and 20% from three point range during the last Civil War. Oregon will need to cut down on turnovers and improve shot selection. The coaching staff will need to make the adjustments to beat the zone. If they can do that, the Ducks have a great chance of grabbing a Pac-10 victory on the road.
- Leading up to the Civil War, practice has gotten a beat heated. Garrett Sim had to be given six stitches after getting in a fight with walk-on sophomore guard John Elorriaga. Coach Kent said that no punishment is necessary, and that's just part of the intensity of practice. Sim and Elorriaga were played for rival Metro league schools during high school. Also, Matt Humphrey was kicked out of practice for ten minutes before returning. While the lack of discipline of these events is a bit disconcerting, it's nice to see intensity in the players, which hasn't always been there this season.
- Bob Clark has a few more notes on the team before the Civil War. LeKendric Longmire is still absent with academic issues, and Joevan Catron is not yet participating in practices for the most part.
- Oregon football wasn't the only sport signing new players this week. Oregon track signed seven new athletes, including national javelin leader Sam Crouser (video here), who was mentioned yesterday. While Crouser is the biggest name, the Ducks also signed two in-state decathlete Dakotah Keys, who broke the state record at the 2008 USA Junior Olympic National Championships.
- Lastly, the Contra Costa Times has a piece on UO safety recruit Erick Dargan, a talented player that looks to continue Oregon's tradition of hard-hitting safeties.
Got anything else to share or discuss? Leave it below. Also, after the jump we have a 2009 Oregon football highlight video put together by the athletic department. If it doesn't give you goosebumps, I don't know what will. GO DUCKS!