Oregon Ducks Flying Far In NCAA Tournament

Sean StancillSenior Writer IMarch 18, 2008


The Oregon Ducks play in one of the toughest conferences in the land, the Pac-10. They finished 18-13 overall and 9-9 in conference play. Sure its not the best record in their conference but not the worst either.

Yes, they were seeded No. 9 in their region, and they may have not deserved that high of a seed, but the fact is the Oregon Ducks aren't that bad of a team. The Oregon Ducks have no reason to be ashamed of their record this year, with the Pacific Ten Conference getting increasingly better each year.

Lets not forget they were the Pac-10 Champions and made it to the Elite 8 in last year's dance in because of good play PAC-10 MVP 5-7 guard Tajuan Porter. They have 4 players averaging over double figures ( Malik Hairston 16.4, Maarty Leunen 15.2, Tajuan Porter 13.8, and Bryce Taylor 13 PPG.) and one of the best guards in the country with Tajaun Porter.

Not to mention the recruits they have coming in next year like 6-10 Michael Dunnigan from Farragut Academy. Dunnigan is ranked 21 in ESPN's Top 150. Kevin Garnett went to Farragut Academy and he turned out all right. Their next game is against Mississippi State which features left hander Lamont Gordon and defensive juggernaut Jarvis Varnado. I earlier chose the Connecticut Huskies as my tournament pick, but after reading information, I think they maybe disqualified.

If UConn is not eligible to be picked as a cinderella, I will take the Oregon Ducks. But if UConn meets the requirements than I am going back to UConn. Aside from that though, the Ducks should be able to go far into March, as their confidence has gone up after wins over Michael Beasley Kansas State, The Lopez Towers in Stanford, Cal, and James Harden and the Arizona State Sun Devils.