I hope everyone had a great weekend. There was some good and bad for the Ducks, so let's get to the quack:
- Though the Ducks didn't make the NCAA tournament, the season isn't over yet. There is still at least one more game, as the Ducks made the NIT, and will host LSU tomorrow night at Matt Court. If the Ducks win two games, they could face Washington, the top seed in Oregon's region, who I'd like to remind everyone did not make the NCAA tournament despite winning the league. Gotta give it to the Huskies, they do like to make history.
- GoDucks.com has the ticket information for the NIT game. Student tickets will be free, other tickets will range from $13-$31. They go on sale, online-only, tonight at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased at the box office starting tomorrow morning.
- Dave recapped Oregon's weekend of baseball last night, but Brando Tessar deserves his own bullet point. After suffering two close losses over the weekend, the Ducks needed to end the showcase on a high note, and Tessar made that happen. He overcame early struggles, where he almost gave up a run, and kept the Huskies to only one hit after the first inning.
- The Oregon women's indoor track & field team won a national championship over the weekend. This makes it Oregon's third straight, and it saw great performances, as usual, from English Gardner and Brianne Theisen. But, for the excitement with the championship, Coach Vin Lananna was very clear throughout the weekend that the outdoor season is where the Ducks put their emphasis. It will be an interesting year for the Ducks, with Colorado joining the conference, and many Ducks peaking for the US Olympic Trials, not the NCAAs.
- Oregon lineman Nick Cody has a good video feature on Chip Kelly.
- Lastly, Kurt has a history of The Duck. As usual, it's quite long, but well worth the read, as Kurt covers the evolution of The Duck over the last century.
Go Ducks! Makes sure to get those NIT tickets and support the seniors if you're able.