It's going to be a fun filled weekend for Oregon athletics. The NFL Combine will feature six former Ducks, baseball looks to continue their hot start, the women's basketball team looks to snap a recent skid and the softball team will face their first ranked opponents of the season.
- 40-yard dashes, bench presses and shuttle drills, oh my! It's that time of year again for the annual NFL Combine. A handful of Ducks will be on hand in Indianapolis this weekend for their NFL dress rehearsal. Six former Ducks are scheduled to workout at The House That Peyton Built, aka Lucas Oil Stadium, in preparations for this year's NFL Draft. Those in attendance include Colt Lyerla, Josh Huff, De'Anthony Thomas, Taylor Hart, Boseko Lokombo and Terrance Mitchell.
- The tip-off time between Oregon and No. 23 UCLA next week has been changed. Originally scheduled for 6 pm, the Ducks and Bruins will now face off at 8 pm on ESPN2. In their previous meeting this season, the Bruins walked out of Eugene with a 70-68 win over Oregon.
- The NBA trade deadline passed, and a pair of former Ducks are on the move. Luke Ridnour (along with teammate Gary Neal) was traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Charlotte Bobcats for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien. Ridnour, who played for the Ducks from 2000-2003, averaged 5.7 points and 3.4 assists with the Bucks. Also on the move was Aaron Brooks who was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Denver Nuggets for Jordan Hamilton. This season, Brooks is averaging 7.0 points and 1.9 assists in 43 games with Houston. Brooks had spent the majority of his career with the Rockets (six years in three separate stints) while Ridnour spent two and a half years in two different stints with the Bucks. Ridnour is probably stoked about the move. The Bucks are the NBA version of the Cougs, sitting in the cellar of the Eastern Conference with a 10-44 record, while the Bobcats are currently eighth in the conference, just a game and a half out of fifth place. Brooks on the other hand is probably not nearly as excited. The Rockets are currently third in the Western Conference with a 37-18 record while the Nuggets are six games out of the playoff picture.
- Coming off a four-game sweep against Hawaii, the Oregon baseball team kicks off a three-game series against Loyola Marymount tonight in Los Angeles. Tommy Thorpe will get the start for the Ducks. Last season, Oregon took two out of three from the Lions at PK Park. After the series, the Ducks will head back to Eugene for their home opener versus the Portland Pilots on February 25.
- The Oregon women's basketball team heads north this weekend for their final road trip of the regular season to take on Washington and Washington State. After winning three games in a row, including blowouts over the Cougars and Huskies in Eugene, the Ducks have dropped four out of their last five games. Oregon will face Washington at 6 pm tonight and Washington State at 1 pm on Sunday. Full game notes for the Washington game can be found here.
- The No. 6 Oregon softball team is off to a hot start in 2014. After dropping their season opener to Cal Poly, the Ducks have strung together nine straight wins. It'll be a busy weekend for Oregon at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with five games in two days. The tournament will also put Oregon against their first two ranked opponents of the season with No. 23 LSU tonight and No. 24 Notre Dame on Sunday morning.
Tweet of the Day:
It has nothing to do with the Ducks, but an Oregon fan account stumbled across a brilliant photo from the Internet yesterday. If you have even a remote interest in hockey, then you're well aware that today is the ultimate showdown on ice between our neighbors to the north and our wonderful nation. Yes, it's the ultimate backyard brawl on the international stage as Team USA faces off against Team Canada. Winner advances to the gold medal game while the loser....well, just see for yourself.
Less than 24 hours to USA vs Canada. Winner goes on to play for gold. Loser gets Justin Bieber. (h/t @CommandSign) pic.twitter.com/z8swX0V7y1— Autzen Students (@AutzenStudents) February 20, 2014