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Know Your Friend: Oregon Ducks

Normally on a Friday night, we spend time “Getting to Know Our Enemy.” As we all know, thanks to Bobby Morris, we will have to wait approximately 6-7 more months before we get to know another Saturday  enemy during basketball season. Last night we found ourselves in a “one down, one to go” situation after Indiana lost to Syracuse in the Sweet 16. Louisville and Indiana, two of our biggest rivals, were both considered major contenders for this year’s NCAA championship. With the Hoosiers bowing out, now someone just needs to beat Louisville. Matt talked about it last night… Sure, we can try to be the “bigger person” and be happy for Louisville, even rooting for another team from Kentucky to win. For me though, the only thing worse than a Louisville fan is someone who is either a) a fan of both schools or b) the type of person who “roots for Louisville when they aren’t playing Kentucky. If you’re going to wear a flat bill, wear a flat bill. Don’t try to bend it a little bit. Don’t take the price tag off of it. Be all in one way or the other. For that reason, someone needs to beat Louisville. Maybe it will be Oregon. Maybe it will be Duke (it’s weird when Duke becomes the lesser of 3 evils) or Michigan State. Maybe it will be Kansas or the Florida state champion. For tonight though, we turn our attention to Oregon. Let’s get to know our friend… Go get em’, Ducks.


Eugene, Oregon is the birthplace of Nike. Nike’s biggest contribution to the world besides tons of apparel was an awesome haircut that became popular in the 1990s.

If Jenny and Forest were like peas and carrots, than so were Nike check haircuts and Starter jackets. Thank you for that, Eugene (indirectly). Eugene, Oregon is also known as “Track Town, USA.” The city has played host to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Team Trials. Steve Prefontaine was perhaps one of the most famous runners to grace the city, and as a result, every cross country and track team in the country uses Prefontaine’s quote “To give anything less than the best is to sacrifice the gift” on the back of their team t-shirts. If you’ve seen a team with a different quote on the back of the shirt, I don’t even believe you.

In addition to Nike, Oregon’s campus was used to film the 1978 cult classic Animal House. 

Notable Alumni/People of Interest loosely or closely related to Oregon and/or Ducks:

Rich Brooks— Papa Brooks was the head coach of the University of Oregon’s football team from 1977-1994. Almost 10 years later, he made Lexington his final stop as a football coach before riding off into the sunset of retirement. No one tweets about tomatoes like Rich Brooks tweets about tomatoes.  No one else tweets about tomatoes. No one.

Charlie Conway– For the male KSR readers, I give you the Dance Team Scouting Report listed below. For the female KSR readers who grew up in the 1990s, I give you Charlie Conway. Conway was the underdog on the “District 5” pewee hockey team that Gordon Bombay inherited in the movie The Mighty Ducks. Although Conway had some major daddy issues, he didn’t let that stop him from successfully completing the “triple deke.”  Goldberg, you’re the goalie. It’s supposed to hit you. 

Ken Kesey– Kesey is the author of the book “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Ken Kesey did a lot of admirable and notable things in his life. Purchasing and then wearing the shirt he is pictured in above was not one of them. Neither was this sweater:


Dance Team Scouting Report:


Basketball History:

Oregon won the first ever NCAA men’s basketball national championship in 1939. Oregon brought its 1939 NCAA tournament trophy with them to tonight’s game against Louisville as inspiration. Hey, whatever it takes. The last time Oregon made the Elite 8 was in 2007. That was only the 4th time in the school’s history that the Ducks made it that far. Oregon has only been in the NCAA tournament 10 total times in the history of the basketball program. The Ducks did win the 2011 CBI championship. No word on whether or not the Ducks brought along that trophy as well.

(h/t Tim Sullivan)


Dana Altman– Altman was the head coach at Creighton for 16 years before signing on with the Ducks. Altman coached for 4 years at Kansas State before that. His total record in 24 seasons as a Division I head coach is 483-279 (.634). Altman is in his 3rd year as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks, and this season marks his first trip to the NCAA tournament.


Uniform Watch:

Well, we all know this isn’t accurate Wikipedia…


Players: The most familiar name on the roster might be Arsalen Kazemi, who was at one time considered to be in the mix for Kentucky’s roster this season. Kazemi is a 6’7 forward who transfered after 3 seasons at Rice. In 3 seasons at Rice, Kazemi averaged 12.6 points and 10.1 rebounds. For the Ducks this season, Kazemi has played very well, averaging 9.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Don’t think too hard about what might have been if Kazemi had been on the Kentucky roster this season. In general, the Ducks are very balanced offensively with 6 players averaging between 8-12 points per game. Another blast from the past on Oregon’s roster is Tony Woods (9.1 ppg), the former Wake Forest transfer. Woods and Kentucky reportedly had mutual interest at one point, but Woods left Wake Forest in the aftermath of some controversial personal issues. Many believed that the spotlight at Kentucky might have been tough for Woods to handle.

Summary:  Although many believe that Oregon was shafted when they received the 12th seed in the NCAA tournament, the Ducks appear to be overmatched coming into the game with the Cardinals. Oregon has been known to turn the ball over this season and that doesn’t bode well for the Ducks against a Louisville team that loves to put tremendous defensive pressure on the opposing team. If Oregon wants any chance to stay in this game, the Ducks will have to find a way to keep the number of turnovers on the night low. And if that doesn’t work, try the triple-deke.

Prediction: Louisville wins 79-64.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

23 Comments for Know Your Friend: Oregon Ducks

  1. The Corrector
    7:05 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    Seattle is in Washington.

  2. Catlogic15
    7:12 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    I’m the biggest UK fan ever. However, UL will kill this team .

  3. Roland
    7:36 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

  4. Rixter
    7:38 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    This is on course to be a 125 -22 blowout.

  5. Bluebarn
    7:38 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    Are you crazy? Wanting a west coast Pac 12 team to win over a Kentucky team, makes KSR look and sound bad!

  6. j
    7:39 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    Also know this about oregon their gettin their ass handed to em right now. and the scary part is louisville only has one senior..

  7. Rixter
    7:43 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    If these guys are as good as they’ve looked in the tournament, they should ALL be lottery picks

  8. Bigcat4453
    7:43 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    I get so tired of all the time that is wasted going to the monitors. For crying out loud just call the game the way you see it!

  9. Bigcat4453
    7:44 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    I hear the Jeopardy music in the back ground!

  10. Jen
    7:45 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    You should read one of Kesey’s books, or Tom Wolfe’s book about him, instead of making pitiful little comments about someone’s shirt.

  11. flyboy
    7:50 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    10. lighten up Francis, it’s a sports site. get a grip

  12. Bluemister
    7:52 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve been a KY fan since 1970. I hope Lousville wins it all. I don’t live in Lousville so I have not grown to hate their fans like the folks on KSR seem to. UL winning would keep the title in the state. Most importantly, the Card only have two titles. Kansas or Duke winning woul not be good. Although Pitino has his many flaws, I appreciate what he did for our program.

  13. Roland
    7:53 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    UL wearing pajama bottoms?

  14. RahRah
    7:59 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    Different game if called fairly, as usual in UofL games. Even the announcers freely admit some of this crap is just wrong.

  15. greenwave mom
    8:04 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    tuned in late. Where is Siva?

  16. fairwaygal
    8:09 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink


    Duke will NEVER be the lesser of two evils!! Nothing is as evil, period!!

  17. catfan
    8:15 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    “That doesn’t bode well for the Ducks” LOL

  18. Bobbum man
    8:16 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    15- had 2 fouls

  19. TrueBlue
    8:16 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    Ditto #16. Anyone winning is better than Duke.

  20. Catlanta
    8:26 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    Hey UK dance team, take notes…a lot of notes…

  21. Dane Brammage
    8:30 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    Duck$ = Lot$ of ca$h. Louisville will kick a$$ further in 2nd half.

  22. Stlcat
    8:46 pm March 29, 2013 Permalink

    They produce some nice kush out there.

  23. tennisman
    1:30 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    The Ducks 1939 NCAA trophy looks nicer than the hardware they hand out today. Oh well I guess its the thought that counts.