Another day, another set of nominees. This time we take a look at the Best Moment in Oregon sports for the 2015/16 campaign.
Men's Golf Captures First National Championship
The Ducks finally broke the curse for the "ball sports" by winning a national championship in men's golf. What made this one ever so sweet was that Oregon did so by protecting the home greens and winning in Eugene.
It was certainly a legendary match against the Texas Longhorns, as the two sides needed three playoff holes to decide who would bring home the title. The Longhorns gave it their best shot, as they came out to win two of the first three matches. But the Ducks persevered and pushed the match to playoff holes. Eugene native, Sulman Raza nailed the title clinching putt to bring the Ducks their first ever men's golf national championship.
Men's Basketball Earns #1 Seed in NCAA Tournament
What a historic season by the men’s basketball team. After winning the Pac-12 regular season title outright and following that up winning the Pac-12 tournament, the Ducks were rewarded in a big way with a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The #1 seed received by the Ducks was the first in school history. The #1 seeding to those outside of the west coast was seen as somewhat too high, so Oregon went into the tournament with a chip on their shoulders and performed well by reaching the Elite Eight. It was a great year for the Ducks and one that leaves great hope for next season with a majority of the key contributors returning and a solid recruiting class coming in.
Track & Field Sends School Record 18 Athletes to Rio
What a dominating performance from current and former University of Oregon track stars heading into this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio. Oregon will be sending a school record 19 total Olympians to the games this summer. One lone participant will be competing in Rugby but the more impressive feat are the 18 total track and field athletes that the Ducks are sending.
Out of those 18 participants, 11 of them will be wearing the red, white and blue of the USA. Canada represents the next highest total with three, while Australia, Belgium, Greece and Guatemala each have one Duck on the squad. The 18 participants from Oregon are more than if you combined the total number from the 2012, 2008 and 2004 Olympics. You can check out the full list of participants here.
Women's Basketball Signs Best Recruiting Class in History
Not to be outdone by the men's basketball team, the Oregon women's team are making their own moves. They did so in a big way over the past months by signing their best recruiting class in school history, which also included the best single recruit in program history.
With seven players signed, three of those were rated as five stars. The best of the bunch is the number four ranked player in the country, Sabrina Ionescu who averaged nearly 26 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists last season. The Ducks also brought in the 14th and 40th rated players in the country. You can check out all the scoop on this years class right here.