The Oregon Men’s Basketball team is just a few weeks away from starting the 2020 season, and the media poll shows a virtual tie for first place.
The Pac-12 Media Poll has Dana Altman and the Ducks tabbed for third in the conference, but just 10 points separate first place from third place. UCLA has 151 points to lead, Arizona State is ranked 2nd. Arizona, a school that is typically toward the top of the heap is ranked 5th. In the AP Poll, the Oregon Ducks will start the season ranked 20th.
As far as the schedule goes, the Pac-12 slate is set with Oregon facing UCLA and Washington in December. The non-conference slate is now also starting to come together. In a typical year, we are already talking about who will start the season strong as we head into conference play, but 2020 is not a normal season. We will watch over the coming weeks to see who and how Altman and the Ducks schedule for non-conference play.
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Earlier this week, we got a partial answer. Oregon will play in Connecticut to open December at the Mohegan Sun Arena which is being dubbed, “Bubbleville”. The Ducks will face Missouri and one other team. The event is being put together by the Gazelle Group along with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It will feature 45 teams of both 40 men’s and women’s Basketball teams playing 45 games over an 11 day period.
Altman and the Oregon Staff likely have a bead on the rest of the 2020 non-conference slate, but COVID-19 protocols dealing with travel for the Ducks and/or the opponent are waiting to be ironed out before things can be officially announced. I expect the Ducks will have one or two higher profile opponents for the upcoming schedule.
Oregon Basketball is currently set to open the 2020 season hosting Eastern Washington on November 25th at Matthew Knight Arena.