Lots to get to in this week’s edition of Oregon LinkedUp.
First some quick news on Oregon Basketball’s Senior Center Tony Woods. The Pac 12 had decided not to suspend him for his elbow hit to the head of Washington State’s Brock Marion from Saturday’s game. Oregon won in OT 79-77.
On another good note for Duck Basketball, Senior E.J. Singler on Sunday became the winningest player in Oregon Basketball History. I thought it was somewhat appropriate that he had the two free throws to win the game for the Ducks in OT. The Ducks(21-5, 10-3 Pac 12) face Cal(Thursday 6pm, ESPN2) and Stanford(Saturday 5pm, Pac 12) this week at Matthew Knight Arena.
In the Latest edition of ‘Bracketology’, Joe Lunardi has the Ducks in the Austin Bracket facing off as a 6 seed, facing 11 seeded Iowa State in the First Round. Round 2 opponents are 3rd seed Mexico or 13 seed Harvard.
More Brackets: Andy Glockner from CNNSI has the Ducks as a 5 Seed facing 12 Seed Middle Tennesse State(Sun Belt) in Round 1 in the Austin, Texas bracket. Oregon would face either 4 seed Marquette or 13 seed Louisiana Tech in Round 2.
Oregon Duck Baseball returns home to PK Park after a 4-0 Series Sweep of Hawaii in Honolulu. Starting Pitcher Jeff Gold was hit in the ankle after pitching 4 and 2/3 innings. No word on the status of his next start, which would Monday, February 25th vs Loyola Marymount at PK Park. Game one is slated for Friday, February 22nd. First Pitch 6pm.
Some Oregon Football News – the folks over at the Mo Center have received some new hardware in the mail. The 2013 Fiesta Bowl Trophy has arrived and is now on display. I wonder who paid the shipping on that one? The Register Guard has a good read on how Walk On Quarterback Dustin Haines is contributing to the team, off the field.
For the Oregon Women’s Basketball team the road to the end of the season doesn’t get any easier, but at least one player is getting some recognition from the conference, on a consistent basis – and Freshman Jill Alleyne, This Week’s Pac 12 Freshman of the Week, is also the Freshman rebounding leader. She heads to the Bay Area this week with her teammates to face off with Cal(Friday 6pm, Pac 12) and Stanford(Sunday 4pm, Pac 12).
The Oregon Women’s Track and Field team looks to continue their dominance making a three spot move in This Week’s Poll, up to #2 right behind LSU. With the Indoor Track and Field Championships less than a month away (March 7th and 8th in Fayetteville, Arkansas) they are coming on at the right time. The Oregon Men’s team had a slight setback and fell this week from 8th to 11th.
In Olympic Track and Field News, Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton will have the opportunity to speak at the Oregon Senate. Eaton took the gold medal in the Decathalon in the Summer Olympics in London last year.
Finally, Oregon Softball, who started the season 8-2 heads to Palm Springs, California this weekend to take on teams from across the US in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. Senior Jessica Moore in last weekend’s series in the Easton Classic in Las Vegas went 1-1 with 9 strikeouts in 11.1 innings. Oregon Catcher Alexa Peterson has the hot bat early in the season hitting .636 with 7 hits, 2 doubles, a home run, 7 RBI’s and a walk. Sophomore Outfielder Janie Takeda is hitting .588 on the season with 10 hits, two doubles and five stolen bases.
Duck Softball heads to Palm Springs this week (March 22-24) for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic and will face five teams: Virginia(Friday), Cal Poly, Nebraska(Saturday) and UNLV, San Diego State(Sunday)
Oh, and on a side note – if your a coffee drinker like me and need to clean your Keurig, here’s a link for how to do it.
Oregon Zoo Otter Learns to Shoot Hoops, The Oregonian
Pac 12 Spring Dates, ESPN
Around Pac 12 Basketball, Bob Clark, Register Guard
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