Which Big Ten opponents will Oregon basketball be able to dominate in 2024?

Oregon's Jackson Shelstad, center, is mobbed by teammates after sinking the game-winning shot against the Michigan Wolverines.
Oregon's Jackson Shelstad, center, is mobbed by teammates after sinking the game-winning shot against the Michigan Wolverines. / Chris Pietsch/The Register Guard / USA

The Ducks are preparing for their entrance into the Big Ten and head coach Dana Altman has been fortifying his troops for battle.

As Oregon gets ready to take on recently dominant teams like Purdue, Nebraska, and more, the Ducks have unfortunately found themselves near the bottom of multiple way-too-early conference rankings.

With Jackson Shelstad (presumably) running the Ducks’ backcourt for a second year in a row and transfer players filling the gaping holes left behind by former Oregon stars, which opponents will the team easily be able to blow out in the coming season?

Oregon men’s basketball Big Ten opponents 2024-25:

Home games:

  • Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, and Rutgers

Away games:

  • Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, and Wisconsin

Home-and-home series:

  • UCLA, USC, and Washington

In the past few seasons, Nebraska and Purdue have dominated the college basketball scene, especially in conference play.

As the Ducks host the Cornhuskers and Boilermakers, the young team may struggle even with the home-crowd advantage.

Against its usual opponents, Oregon should be able to edge out UCLA, USC, and Washington as the four teams take on the Big Ten for the first season.

Michigan, after firing former head coach Juwan Howard, will be under new leadership and the Ducks will most likely hand the Wolverines a loss on the road.

The Penn State Nittany Lions have fallen short of glory the past few seasons and will almost certainly fall to the Ducks when they play host to Oregon.

In Eugene and at Matthew Knight Arena, Illinois, Indiana, and Maryland will be toss-ups. However, Rutgers and Northwestern should be a couple of easy wins for the Ducks.

Beyond the Wolverines and Nittany Lions, Oregon can and should defeat Iowa, Minnesota, and Ohio State. The Michigan State Spartans and Wisconsin Badgers may surprise the Ducks as more formidable opponents than expected.

The Ducks could dominate the Big Ten if Altman can align his Rubik’s Cubes as per usual.

While Oregon most likely won’t finish atop the conference in its first year away from the Pac-12, Altman’s squad has a lot of promise for the future. With top-tier underclassmen on the court, the Ducks will be good if not great in the near future.

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