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Quack Fix: Oregon women advance to second round of NIT, Blount and Ward participate in pro day

The best weekend of basketball continues in just a couple hours. Let's get our quack fix before that starts.

  • The Oregon women put on a fine showing last night at Mac Court, running the Eastern Washington Eagles off the floor 95-66, beating them for the second time this season. While it seemed like it would be the last home game for seniors Taylor Lilley and Micaela Cocks, after the game, the Ducks learned that they will play another at Mac Court, hosting New Mexico on Tuesday night. The win snapped a seven game losing streak, so hopefully the Ducks will be able to build on last nights impressive effort. 
  • LeGarrette Blount and T.J. Ward participated yesterday in Oregon's second pro day. Both had been working on improving their 40 times, and both did just that, with Ward clocking in under 4.5 seconds (by hand), and Blount in the 4.5 range, an improvement over his combine 4.62.
  • But the talk of the day was obviously Blount, who almost destroyed his pro chances with his punch in Boise. ESPN's Jeffri Chadiha even profiled Blount for the upcoming NFL draft. Blount's problems started long before the punch, as he showed discipline problems many times throughout his career, even before he came to Oregon. But his episode in Boise and the birth of his son seemed to really change him, and despite not getting many carries his senior year, he's in a position to be drafted. While many have attacked Coach Kelly for not kicking Blount off the team, and now not kicking Masoli off the team, I'm glad to see that our athletic department does not abandon it's players at the first sign of trouble. Blount it the first of what will hopefully be many success stories.
  • The Duck baseball team will host Nevada this weekend, it's final series before starting conference play, and hope to continue their momentum. Catcher Eddie Rodriguez has been on an absolute tear lately, leading the surging ducks batters by hitting over .400 and slugging over .500. And the starting pitchers have been dominant as well. Tyler Anderson has thrown 18 innings of scoreless baseball in the past two games, and has an ERA of 1.35 while holding batters to a .180 average. It's really exciting to see this team coming together, so make sure you get out to PK Park if you have a chance.
  • The outdoor track season kicks off this weekend, as the Ducks host the Oregon Preview. It will be a great chance to see the 25 new members of the team, as well as congratulate the championship women's team, and the runner-up men's teams.
  • In some general CFB news, everyone's favorite former 5-star recruit, Bryce Brown, is no longer at Tennessee, and will likely be transferring to Kansas State. Not really a surprise to anyone that followed his recruitment. Also, Chris Petersen will be visiting Oregon's practices this spring, and will be studying the pace of Oregon's practices. Like the guy really needs any more help.

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