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Oregon Basketball: Ducks fill their exhibition calendar with Idaho, Oklahoma

Dana Altman looking to get his team ready for the grind

NCAA Basketball: Pac-12 Media Day Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon men’s and women’s basketball will return to Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday for a wonderful cause. With a $10 donation, you will be granted entrance to the event. All proceeds benefit American Red Cross for the Oregon Wildfire Fund.

As if there wasn’t enough motivation to watch Duck basketball, there is more than enough to attend this timely event on Saturday morning.

At 9:30 a.m. PT the women’s team will get underway against Portland State. The No. 11 ranked Ducks in the coaches poll are primed for another long run this season.

Following the women’s game, the men will tip off at 11:00 a.m. against a tough Idaho squad. It will be the first exhibition game in front of UO fans this season. The freshmen will be making their collective debut in less than 24 hours.

Head coach Dana Altman added Oklahoma to Oregon’s exhibition calendar, again. On November 4, the Ducks will head to Las Vegas for a preseason meeting with the Sooners. It will follow Oregon’s originally slated affair vs Northwest Christian (Oct. 30).

Last year, Oregon made an identical trip to Nevada for a preseason game vs Oklahoma. Just like last season, it will be closed to the media/public. In 2016, the Sooners defeated the Final Four-bound Ducks in their scrimmage, handing UO a much-needed wakeup call.

This will give the Ducks three opportunities to get tuned-up before the season finally tips off on November 10. It’s a brand new roster that will have a completely different rotation, aside form Payton Pritchard.

NCAA Basketball: Pac-12 Media Day
Payton Pritchard is the lone returning starter to the fold. Not to mention, he’s the only player on the Ducks that was in their rotation last season. It may take some time for this team to gel, but their is an abundance of talent on the roster.
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Fans will receive their first chance to watch Victor Bailey Jr., Troy Brown Jr., M.J. Cage, Abu Kigab, Will Johnson, and Kenny Wooten on Saturday before the Duck football game vs Utah. Additionally, transfers Elijah Brown, Paul White and MiKyle McIntosh will make their collective debut.

The next 14 days at ATQ will be jam-packed with Oregon basketball prep, including player profiles, predictions, previews, interviews, breakdowns and a few history lessons. Every day, we will have something new as we count you down to opening night.

Ready or not? We’re less than a month away from the 2017-18 season!

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