Hello, everyone. If you missed what happened this weekend, Oregon football lost their sixth game in seven weeks. In other news, water is wet and the world is round. The Ducks need to win out just to make a bowl game, so there’s not much left to focus on this year around the football team.
Now, I'm not sure how long Oregon football will suck for. Maybe just for this year, maybe for the next ten years. It’s impossible to tell. Fortunately, we have another team to shift our focus to.
Tonight, the Oregon men’s basketball team will play their first game of the season. Well, something that will at least resemble a game. They will face Northwest Christian University, which is a fifteen minute walk down Franklin Boulevard from Matthew Knight Arena, for the fourth straight year.
The Ducks are No. 5 in the AP Top 25 to start the year, and to say there are high expectations with this year’s squad would be an understatement. Oregon is the preseason Pac-12 favorite for the first time ever, and they start the year projected as a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament.
Oregon football, losers of their last six out of seven games, likely missing a bowl game. Oregon basketball, preseason top five team and conference favorite. Like it or not, the torch of supremacy has been handed to Dana Altman and his squad. We’re a basketball school, at least for now.
Of course, here at ATQ, we’re ready to shift our full attention to what could be a magical season for the Ducks. Game recaps will be split between Tony and Tiana. Thanks to Tony’s hard work, we are credentialed for the season, so that should provide us some great coverage. Alex will be back with his weekly Pac-12 Power Rankings. I will deliver game previews, and we’re looking into doing Q&A’s before games with respective SB Nation blogs.
What else would you want to see as a part of our basketball coverage? Let me know in the comments below!