Days away from The Civil War, Oregon is looking to establish a legacy in 2017. Former “Pac-10” pretenders are NOW annual contenders for a national championship. It has been a remarkable overhaul of the program, stemming from Athletic Director Rob Mullens.
One more victory would ensure the first back-to-back Pac-12 Titles in school history. In fact, UO has reached quite a few milestones this year.
Currently, Oregon’s 26-4 record has eclipsed the highest winning percentage in school history (.867).
The Ducks’ 15 Pac-12 wins are the most in program history.
Next season, UO will possess the longest home win-streak in the nation at 42 games. Not to mention, UO has gone undefeated at Matthew Knight Arena in back-to-back seasons. Additionally, Chris Boucher never lost a home game during his 2-year Duck career (35-0).
The last time Oregon lost at MKA was against Arizona, 80-62, in January 2015.
In 2017, Oregon eclipsed the 20-win plateau for the seventh time ever.
This is UO’s seventh straight winning season, a record that stood tall for 77 years.
Chris Boucher is the only player in Pac-12 history with 100 blocks and 35 triples in the same season. He’s the third player to do that in NCAA Division 1 since 1996-97.
Dillon Brooks tied the UO program record with his fourth career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor earlier this week.
For head coach Dana Altman, consistency has been a constant throughout his career. Altman has never endured a losing season amid seven years at Oregon. 2016-17 marked his 20th straight season with a winning record as a head coach.
Altman’s teams always start slow, but gradually gain steam as the season unfolds. He has not lost a regular season game AFTER Valentine’s Day in the last four years.
Dana Altman AFTER Valentine’s Day, regular season only:
2014: 7-0 (24-10 overall)
2015: 5-0 (26-10 overall)
2016: 5-0 (31-7 overall)
2017: 4-0 (26-4 overall)
That is a combined mark of 21-0 over the last four years. Over their last four wins, Oregon is defeating opponents by an average of 13 points per game.
In succession with those finishes, Altman was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year three of his last four seasons: (2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16). This journey could mark his fourth.
Last Saturday at Stanford, the Duck head coach tied W.J. Reinhart (1923-35) for third in UO coaching wins with 180 for his career.
With a victory on Saturday against the Beavers, Oregon would claim the league title for the sixth time in program history. The last five have been achieved in 1919, 1939, 1945, 2002 and 2016.
UO has not clinched a league crown in the state of Oregon since 1945. The last two occurred in Los Angeles, California.
If you aren’t excited for what is next, you may have an adrenal gland issue. You might want to get that checked out.