First of all, our thoughts and condolences go out to everyone in Japan and to those that have been affected by the earthquake there. We have a lot of fun around here, but there's nothing like a natural disaster to provide some perspective. Here's a bit of somber quack this morning:
- With their season on the line, the Ducks keep on winning, knocking off the UCLA Bruins last night in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals, 76-59. The Ducks had jumped out on UCLA in two previous meetings only to let the game slip away, but not this time. The Ducks kept up the pressure in the second half and didn't let the Bruins get to within 9 points over the final 19 minutes. Oregon is playing their best basketball of the year, and UCLA came out without intensity, and it was a perfect recipe for a big Oregon win. But it's not time for the Ducks to get complacent. They take on Washington tonight in the Pac-10 semifinals.
- Oregon baseball has had a rough time lately, but Oregon ace Tyler Anderson led the Ducks to a much needed victory over BYU. After giving the Cougars a 2-0 lead, Anderson shut down BYU batters, striking out 12 over 8 innings. The Oregon bats came somewhat alive, and capitalized on a lack of control by BYU starter Chris Capper, as the Ducks won 6-3. Check out the videos after the jump for play and coach reaction to the victory.
- What would a quack fix be without a little update on possible Oregon recruiting violations? Larry Scott spoke a bit yesterday on the Pac-10's look at Oregon, and noted the Pac-10 is merely in the early stages about "fact finding" regarding Oregon's payments to scouting services. He also said that Oregon is not under investigation at the moment, but that it is a possible investigation.
- Oregon football held their pro day yesterday, and Casey Matthews, Jeff Maehl, and Brandon Bair tried to improve their draft stock from their combine performances. See their reactions in videos after the jump.
- Lastly, Paul Myerburg of Pre-Snap Read is already looking forward to the LSU/Oregon matchup. He takes a look at the questions that both teams must answer before Labor Day weekend, and it seems that LSU has far more questions than Oregon.
Make sure to check out the videos after the jump, and leave any other quack in the comments. GO DUCKS!
Casey Matthews after Oregon Pro Day
Jeff Maehl after Oregon Pro Day
Tyler Anderson after BYU victory
George Horton after BYU victory
Aaron Jones after BYU victory