Elite 8 baby! Is there anything that Dana Altman can't do? What's that? Wrong tournament? Who cares! Bring on the huskies!
- It's been a great weekend of basketball, and Oregon and Iowa did their best to put on a show. The Ducks and Hawkeyes put up a combined 205 points as they ran up and down Kilkenny Floor, and the Ducks came away with a 108-97 victory. The Ducks shot almost 60%, and had assists on 26 of their 35 field goals. E.J. Singler scored 25 while Olu Ashaolou added 22.
- It wasn't always easy for Oregon. The Ducks survived a first half onslaught by Iowa, and put together one of their own in the second half when they scored 61. The Ducks were down 15 early due to a combo of poor defense and Iowa shooting lights out. But as we've come to expect, the team never gave up and kept on fighting.
- It wasn't quite as good a weekend for the Oregon baseball team. What could have been a disastrous weekend was salvaged on Saturday afternoon as the Ducks eked out an extra innings victory against Washington. The Ducks lost the series, and were basically non-competitive in the first two games, losing by a combined score of 13-3. They almost blew the 3rd game, as the Ducks had a 2-1 lead going into the 9th. But they got it done. Jimmie Sherfy, though he gave up the tying run in the 9th, pitched 6 2/3 innings of relief, and Andrew Mendenhall used a walk, sacrifice, and error to score the winning run.
- It's track and field time! The Ducks held the Oregon Preview yesterday, in 37-degree weather. The crowd saw good performances from Freshmen Johnathan Cabral and Jenna Prandini. Also, Dior Mathis and B.J. Kelly were the top performers in the 100m.
- There were some interesting football articles over the weekend. Ted Miller seems to be coming around on Oregon's defense and also has a video with Hronnis Grassu. Ted also makes the case for De'Anthony for Heisman, though his co-blogger Kevin Gemmell makes the case for Matt Barkley.
- Bill Connelly has a cool piece over at Football Study Hall looking at expected interceptions, and which defensive backs can catch. Terrance Mitchell makes the list (barely) and was slightly better than expected at creating interceptions from opportunities.
- Lastly, Bruce Feldman joined the guys at Solid Verbal late last week for a chat on the Pac-12. As always, these guys deserve a download and listen. If you need more of Dan, don't forget to subscribe to the SBNation youtube channel, where he's killing it on a daily basis.