Oregon Ducks news: Basketball teams hit icy patch, tennis starts off hot, more

Jan 21, 2024; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Utes guard Cole Bajema (2) and Oregon Ducks center N'Faly Dante (1) go after the ball.
Jan 21, 2024; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Utes guard Cole Bajema (2) and Oregon Ducks center N'Faly Dante (1) go after the ball. / Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

The men’s basketball team went on a two-game road trip this weekend and the Ducks are returning home with battle scars.

Entering into their game on Friday, the Ducks only had one loss so far in Pac-12 play. Atop the conference in standings, Oregon was optimistic about its matchup against the Colorado Buffaloes.

However, the Buffs were able to lockdown Oregon’s offensive efforts and were led by Cody Williams with 23 points and KJ Simpson with 22 points. The Buffaloes demolished the Ducks 86-70 by the end of the fourth quarter.

Oregon then traveled to Salt Lake City to play against the Utes where they were disappointed once again. Leading by 1 point at halftime, it looked like the Ducks had a good grasp on the game, but allowing Utah to score 48 in the second half wasn’t sustainable.

Utah held out until the end of regulation and defeated Oregon 80-77, the Ducks’ second loss of the weekend.

The women’s basketball team did not fare much better on the road. They opened the weekend against No. 8 Stanford, the Ducks couldn’t keep up with the Cardinal. 

In a game that led to Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveen tying Mike Krzyzewski’s wins total, Oregon fell to the back burner. The final score was 88-63, a jaw-dropping 25-point loss for the Ducks.

The California Golden Bears were next on the schedule and it seemed like Oregon was ready to bounce back. Scoring 33 points in the first half and leading by 2 points at the end of the second quarter, the Ducks were on pace to defeat the Bears.

Sadly, Cal was able to turn it around and squash the hopes of the Oregon players, defeating the Ducks 66-57 at the end of regulation.

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In the opening weekend for tennis in Eugene, the Ducks dominated on their home courts. The women faced off against Portland State and were able to sweep the Vikings in a 7-0 performance.

Meanwhile, the men’s team had three matchups over the weekend, playing against Purdue, Pacific, and Seattle.

While the Purdue matchups were back and forth, the Ducks were able to earn the win 4-3 on Friday night. 

Two days later, Oregon was hosting Pacific and brought home the second sweep of the weekend, defeating the Tigers 4-0. On Sunday evening, the men finished business with another sweep of their opponents, taking down Seattle 7-0.

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Focusing on the transfer portal once again, more Alabama players are leaving the Tide. Former safety Caleb Downs committed to play at Ohio State while offensive lineman Kadyn Proctor announced that he’s heading to Iowa.

New head coach Kalen Deboer isn’t only seeing players leave his program though. He is bringing along star wide receiver Germie Bernard who played for him at Washington.

Bernard was a four-star prospect out of high school and had 34 receptions for 419 yards and two touchdowns in 2023.

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