Oregon Ducks On The Long Road To Respect, Earn One AP Vote After Utah Win


The climb to respect in the Pac-12 is going to take some time for the Oregon Ducks. Even after a win over a top ten team in Utah on Sunday afternoon, the voters of the weekly Associated Press Basketball poll have Dana Altman’s team in the top forty teams in the country – that’s the good news. The bad is that Oregon received one vote in the poll. One. I guess you have to start somewhere, right?

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So far this season the Oregon Ducks have had an identity problem and with losses to a top ten ranked Arizona team both at home and away countered with a quality home win against UCLA and Utah, Oregon will look to get back to the NCAA Tournament hanging hopes on a solid finish to the season on the road this week and next and a decent showing in the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. Winning on Sunday gave the Ducks an advantage of sorts.

If the winning momentum continues they would be the number three seed in the Pac-12 Tournament in two weeks which would put them not facing Arizona in the first round, a team that has Oregon’s number this season. Any and every win from this point on will help get Oregon to where they want to be. The Ducks have shown they can win on the road in beating Arizona State and Illinois this season.

Oregon takes on Cal on Wednesday night at 8pm Pacific Time on ESPNU and will face Stanford on Saturday before closing out the regular season next weekend in Corvallis against Oregon State.