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Oregon Basketball Marathon: Breaking down the Ducks’ 2017-18 schedule in hour No. 13

UO has a tough road ahead, but Altman is not phased

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If you missed anything from our 24-hour Oregon Basketball Marathon, please refer to Twitter @TheQuackFiend for any and all updates. Working through the west coast night, I take a look at the 2017-18 schedule and predict each month for the Ducks.

You can direct message me or tweet @TheQuackFiend throughout the 24-hour marathon and into the season. You can also hashtag #ATQMarathon #QuackMarathon and/or #24HourQuackBinge with anything Duck-centric.


Breakdown: It’s a difficult schedule for the back-to-back regular season Pac-12 Champions. Especially with a new team, finding chemistry on the floor will be a work in progress during the first couple months. But as most Dana Altman teams do, they should begin to hit their stride at the end of the season.

NOVEMBER (5-2, 0-0)

Breakdown: After four games against inferior opponents, Oregon will face their first true test of the season in the PK80. The Ducks can play a minimum of three games in Portland during the Thanksgiving weekend. After escaping past UConn, the Spartans and Miles Bridges will be too much to overcome in the next round. Yet, the Ducks will salvage their tourney hopes with a victory on the final day.

The ‘Victory’ bracket features two teams ranked inside the AP Top 10 as No. 2 Michigan State and No. 9 North Carolina highlight a deep group.
Photo courtesy of PK80

The other bracket is the ‘Motion’ which features No. 1 Duke and No. 8 Florida. The rest of the bracket consists of Butler, Gonzaga, Ohio State, Portland State, Stanford and Texas. Whoever wins this tournament will have to go through a “Murderers’ Row” of talent.

DECEMBER (12-3, 2-0)

Breakdown: In their first of two months with a maximum of eight games, the other coming in February, Oregon has eight on the slate in the month of December. It trickles into the Pac-12 season at the end of the calendar year. The marquee matchup from the month should be a collision with Utah on December 29.

JANUARY (15-6, 5-3)

Breakdown: Oregon only plays six games in the month of January, but it's one of the toughest parts of their schedule. A better Oregon State team than 1-17 in conference last year SANDWICHES the month. No. 3 Arizona, No. 10 USC and No. 21 UCLA highlight the first month of 2018.

FEBRUARY (21-8, 11-5)

Breakdown: Entering February, Oregon's record home win-streak is snapped at 53 straight from MKA after the Ducks fall to a stout No. 10 Trojan team. The Ducks endure ONLY 3-game losing streak of the season to end January. It doesn't get easier in February with UO’s second 8-game month, highlighted by rematches with all three ranked teams from January (Arizona, USC, UCLA).

MARCH (23-8, 13-5)

Breakdown: Ducks end the season on a high note, as most Altman-coached teams are prone to doing. A 5-game win streak places them in good position at the Pac-12 Tournament from Las Vegas. The Ducks will finish third overall in conference, behind only first-place Arizona and second-place USC. The Ducks will receive the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament.

You need to stick with the marathon for the rest of the season predictions, as we move into postseason action. But first, let’s take a look at the rest of the Pac-12 Conference.

Our 24-hour marathon continues with Oregon player profiles, more stats, interviews, predictions and my Pac-12 preview for every individual team in the conference.

Ready or not? Oregon basketball is set to return soon. The regular season gets underway at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday against Coppin State. You can catch opening night on the Pac-12 Network at 9:00 p.m. local time.

Stay tuned, if you want to; Twitter @TheQuackFiend Gram @eugene_levys_eyebrows