Quack Fix: Ducks basketball prepares for final homestretch, six former Ducks compete at NFL Combine

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  • "Treat every game like it's the postseason," is probably an overused cliche in sports. But for the Oregon basketball team, that cliche is their mantra as they attempt to salvage their season with an NCAA tournament berth. Tonight, the Ducks begin a critical weekend series against UCLA and USC to keep their hopes of going dancing alive. Oregon will look to avenge a hard fought loss to UCLA. The last time the Ducks and Bruins met in Eugene, UCLA came out with a 70-68 win over Oregon.
  • Six former Ducks competed at the NFL Combine this past week. With the exception of Colt Lyerla, most turned in rather mediocre results. De'Anthony Thomas ranked 11th in the 40-yard dash, Josh Huff ranked near the bottom among wide receivers in the drills he participated in and Taylor Hart seemed to be still plagued by his broken foot from the Alamo Bowl, participating in only the bench press.
  • After an 8-2 win over Portland on Tuesday, Oregon baseball now turns their attention to a big weekend series versus Cal State Fullerton. The matchup will be the first true test for the Ducks, because in each of the four polls listed on the NCAA website, the Titans are ranked in the top ten in the nation.
  • After opening their season with back-to-back blowouts, the Oregon lacrosse team will face Temple and Robert Morris this weekend. The last time Oregon faced Temple in 2012, the Owls came out on top with a 14-12 victory. Robert Morris is returning six of their top nine scorers, so Monday's matchup could quickly become a shootout. In their first two games, the Ducks outscored their opponents 43-6.

Tweet of the Day

By now, we've all heard of the proposed 10-second rule proposal in college football where a team would not be allowed to snap the ball until at least 10 seconds ran of the play clock. Translation: Oregon's uptempo offense as we know it would cease to exist. Sure it's just a poll, but if the results are accurate, don't expect to see the proposed rule as a threat to the Ducks and their uptempo offense.

Video of the Day

De'Anthony Thomas might have ran an official 40 time slower than most of us were expecting, but watch this video, and you'll understand that an official time of 4.50 seconds is still faster than any of us could ever hope to run. I once ran a 40-yard dash while trying out for Portland's new AFL team. My official time was 5.72 seconds. I can vouch, it's much harder than it looks.

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