By now we are used to seeing gametimes shuffled around for Oregon football games, but late yesterday the game next Thursday, February 27th was moved from 6pm to 8pm to accomodate a national telecast on ESPN2. Oregon, currently on a two game winning streak and having assured a winning season for the fourth consecutive year has several storylines heading into the their upcoming games.
With Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman picking up his 500th win in his 25 year coaching career and Senior Guard Johnathan Loyd breaking the all time mark for games won in an Oregon Uniform against Washington on Wednesday night, the Ducks clearly have their eyes set on a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Of course, winning games is the only thing that can help them from this point forward. Oregon has been in a tough spot this season, losing five games by two points. If those games were won, the season would look totally different. Oregon is heating up at the right time and facing a team on Sunday in Washington State(9-17, 2-12) that has just two wins in the Pac-12 Conference.
Oregon currently has an RPI of 37 and can greatly improve their NCAA chances with wins. The game against UCLA, ranked 23rd, will the the Ducks first opportunity to face a Top 25 team in a month. The last game against the Bruins was a two point loss in Eugene 70-68 last month. Oregon also will host Arizona State and #4 Arizona to finish the regular season.
Sunday’s game is set for a 6pm tipoff on Pac-12 Networks.