Oregon Ducks news: Basketball advances to Round 2, football kickoff spring practice, more

Catch up on all things Oregon sports from the men's basketball team advancing to the Round of 32 to Dan Lanning running his second Duck spring practice and more.

Mar 21, 2024; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oregon Ducks forward Kwame Evans Jr. (10) dunks the ball against South Carolina.
Mar 21, 2024; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oregon Ducks forward Kwame Evans Jr. (10) dunks the ball against South Carolina. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Oregon men’s basketball team is moving on to the Round of 32 after absolutely annihilating the South Carolina Gamecocks. Behind Jermaine Couisnard’s 40-point effort, the Ducks coasted to a First Round win.

Beyond Couisnard’s scoring total, the guard had 6 assists and was a menace on the defensive end of the court.

Joining Couisnard on the offensive side of the ball, N’Faly Dante scored 23 and Jackson Shelstad contributed 11 points.

Kwame Evans Jr. was the pleasant surprise for Oreogn in the first round. The freshman forward had 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks for the Ducks.

Oregon will play the Creighton Bluejays, Dana Altman’s former team, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Ducks’ win over the Gamecocks was Altman’s eighth consecutive first-round win with Oregon. Under Altman's leadership, the team is 5-2 in the second round.

Fans have now seen the long-awaited Dillon Gabriel in an Oregon uniform. As spring practice has unfolded over the past week, more fresh faces have made their way to Eugene to play their first snaps as a Duck.

Gabriel is just one of the many players who will be a new part of Dan Lanning’s program as they make their debut in the Big Ten.

Oregon’s spring football game is scheduled for April 27 in Autzen Stadium at 1 p.m. PT.

The Ducks’ first official game as a Big Ten team will be at home against the Idaho Vandals on Aug. 31. Oregon’s first conference game of the 2024 season will be on Sept. 28 against UCLA on the road.

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Track and field, women’s tennis, baseball, softball, and women’s lacrosse are all in action this weekend. 

The track team is hosting its annual Oregon Preview at Hayward Field to kick off its outdoor season at home.

Baseball is hosting Arizona while softball plays host to Arizona State. Both Duck teams are playing in a three-game series against the desert schools.

The women’s tennis team is also taking on the Sun Devils, who are currently ranked 39th nationally.

Women’s lacrosse is facing Pac-12 foe Stanford on Saturday, March 23.

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The No. 3 seed Kentucky Wildcats and John Calipari have once again been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament earlier than expected.

In a shocking defeat by the Oakland Grizzlies, Calipari's team failed to move on from the Round of 64.

Duquesne knocked out the No. 6 seed BYU Cougars from the first round in another shocking upset. The team will face the No. 3 seed Illinois Fighting Illini in the second round.

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