Oregon Ducks news: MBB loses first Pac-12 game, tennis season starts, more

A look back at the Oregon Ducks news from the last 24 hours: the men’s basketball team had their first conference loss, men’s and women’s tennis is starting up, and more.
Jan 18, 2024; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes guard J'Vonne Hadley (1) goes in for lay up.
Jan 18, 2024; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes guard J'Vonne Hadley (1) goes in for lay up. / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Ducks traveled to Boulder, Colo. to face the Buffaloes in what turned out to be their first conference loss of the season. Previously at 5-0 in the Pac-12, Oregon was the only undefeated team in conference play.

Despite the Ducks’ impressive win streak, Colorado was expected to win. With a home-court advantage and an impressive start to their season, the Buffaloes have looked good this year.

Colorado forward Cody Williams led the game in scoring with 23 points, shooting 10/13 from the field. 

Oregon’s leading scorer was guard Jadrian Tracey who had 14 points while only shooting 50 percent on his field goals.

The usual Duck stars struggled from the field. Jackson Shelstad shot 3-8 from the field for 9 points, Brennan Rigsby shot 50 percent for 8 points, and N’Faly Dante only scored 7 for the team.

The lack of production on offense led to a 16-point deficit at the end of the game, the Buffs handing the Ducks their first conference loss this year.

Next, Oregon will travel to Salt Lake City to play the Utah Utes before heading home to host the Arizona State Sun Devils. 

More Oregon Ducks news:

Offensive coordinator Will Stein was spotted out on the recruiting trial. He paid a visit to high school quarterback Akili Smith Jr., a 2025 commit for the Ducks, in San Diego.

Stein had been atop a few peoples’ lists for replacing Jedd Fisch at Arizona but for now, it looks like the Ducks will keep their OC out of the ever-revolving coach carousel.

Oregon women’s tennis team is hosting the Portland State Vikings on Friday at 1 p.m. PT in the Oregon Student Tennis Center. This matchup marks the start of the team’s 2024 season.

Last year, Oregon finished in the bottom half of the Pac-12, ranked 8th with a 4-6 record in conference play and 11-10 overall.

The men’s tennis team had to cancel its opening match against Eastern Washington on Friday morning but will face Purdue at the STC later in the evening and will also host Pacific on Sunday.

The Ducks finished last in the Pac-12 last year, going 2-6 in conference matches and 14-13 overall.

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Ohio State University is expected to hire Bill O’Brien, long-time NFL coach, as the team’s new offensive coordinator. He was the OC for the New England Patriots last season and also spent time as the head coach of the Houston Texans.

O’Brien previously spent time in the Big Ten as the head coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions from 2012-2013. He also served as Alabama’s OC for the 2021-22 season,

Many Buckeye fans had grown weary of head coach Ryan Day making the offensive play calls, is this experienced coach the answer to their scoring woes?

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