The Pac-12 Race is tight with eight teams including the Oregon Ducks within reach of the Title with just six games to go.
The Pac-12 Conference for Men’s Basketball is up for grabs entering the final few weeks of the Regular Season. Nine teams have seven or more Conference wins and the Oregon Ducks are among the teams that control their own fate starting this weekend.
Oregon hits the road to take on USC and UCLA, two teams that rank ahead of them in the Standings. While Oregon will be hard pressed to catch Arizona for the Pac-12 Regular Season Title, the team could move into a better position for the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. The top four seeds earn a ‘bye’ of sorts and have one less game to play.
The Oregon Ducks are currently on the outside looking in at an NCAA Tournament berth. Over the next few weeks, Oregon faces teams that rank well in the RPI and victories could put the Ducks in a more favorable position for the four-letter tournament. Of course, if Oregon can win the Pac-12 Tournament, they will receive the automatic bid from the Conference.
This week will tell a lot about this team. Two wins could put them in second place in the Pac-12 Conference. Two road losses may move them to 9th in the Pac-12 with four games to play.
Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman knows the importance of the coming weeks, but tried to keep it simple, “This is the time of year that everyone is fighting, competing and trying to get a better position in the Conference Tournament. Those teams are all scratching for a seed in the NCAA Tournament. Teams like us are trying to get involved.”
The Oregon Ducks face the USC Trojans Thursday at 6 pm on ESPN2.
Quotes obtained firsthand during Oregon Basketball Practice