Before we get into the news from the PAC-12 Basketball Media Day that happened earlier today, the Conference of Champions announced some other breaking stories yesterday that looks more towards the future.
JUST ANNOUNCED: The Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will continue in Las Vegas through the 2022 events.— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) October 7, 2019
Next three Women's Tourneys @MandalayBay
Next three Men's Tourneys @TMobileArena
Full details ➡️ https://t.co/ogJj3we4Zh#Pac12WBB | #Pac12Hoops
That’s right, Las Vegas will continue to be Oregon’s second home as the PAC-12 Tournament will be held at the T-Mobile Arena for three more years. All of you basketball junkies and degenerates can continue to make an excuse to go to Las Vegas.
Plus, in the 2020-2021 season, you can catch the Ducks in action in Las Vegas not just once, but twice. Check Jon Rothstein’s tweet below for some clarification.
Sources: The Pac-12 will launch the "Coast-To-Coast Challenge" in Las Vegas in 2020.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 8, 2019
Return games from above in Dallas in 2021.
Pac-12 will have 3 new teams in Las Vegas every year.
2022 will feature return games in NYC.
The PAC-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced that the inaugural “Coast-To-Coast” Challenge series will be starting in 2020. This sounds like a great idea for teams to get another resume booster for their potential NCAA Tournament bid. I’m a huge fan and supporter of this idea. The Ducks will be making trips to Vegas in December 2020 to play a BIG-12 opponent (TBD) and then Dallas in 2021 against that same BIG-12 opponent from Vegas the year previous.
PAC-12 Basketball Media Day:
For the second straight year and third time in the last four seasons, the Oregon Ducks were picked to win the PAC-12 basketball title. Oregon received 291 points from the 27 media members who cover the league. Colorado came in second with 288 points.
In one of the closest votes in preseason poll history, @OregonMBB edged @CUBuffsMBB to earn #Pac12Hoops favorite status for the second straight year.— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) October 8, 2019
Read here: https://t.co/ANWvUuK2fF pic.twitter.com/uxarNAbw1I
As for the PAC-12 preseason awards, Payton Pritchard (the 2019 PAC-12 Tournament Most outstanding Player) was named to the preseason all-conference first team. The freshman N’Faly Dante was surprisingly named to the preseason all-conference second team.
Another freshman in C.J. Walker was also recognized by the media while being named to the preseason all-conference honorable mention team.
It seems as if the PAC-12 media members really like what Dana Altman and the Ducks have being cooking up in Eugene. The season tips off for the preseason favorite Oregon against Fresno State on Tuesday, November 5th on the PAC-12 Network at 6 PM.
*Arden Cravalho is a Gonzaga University graduate from the Bay Area... Follow him on Twitter @a_cravalho