Where Are the Ducks Ranked? - April 11

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Another week, another fine showing for Oregon Athletics in the national rankings, as Oregon Softball and Oregon Women's Track and Field continue to be ranked top-five in the land.

Here are the Oregon Duck teams which rank in the top-25 nationally.

OREGON SOFTBALL

#3 - USA Today / NFCA Coaches Poll
#2 - NCAA Softball RPI

OREGON WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD

#2 - USTFCCCA National Rankings

OREGON MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD

#6 - USTFCCCA National Rankings

OREGON BASEBALL

#39 - NCAA Baseball RPI

OREGON WOMEN'S TENNIS

#22 - ITA Rankings

Get to Know Oregon Golf's Norman Xiong

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No NCAA golfer is on more of a roll than Oregon's own Norman Xiong. The Duck sophomore has won three consecutive competitions, including his most recent triumph at the Western Intercollegiate. 

As one of the rising stars in men's golf, we thought it's time to introduce you to Xiong, allowing fans a chance to get to know the squad's leader.

Get to Know...Norman Xiong

Xiong started golfing when he was only four years old.

Born in Guam, Xiong moved to San Diego when he was six.

After dominating the high school ranks, Xiong graduated early and enrolled at the University of Oregon when he was 17.

Known for his driver, Xiong consistently has 300+ yard shots off the tee.

The sophomore ranks #4 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and is poised to rise in the ranks, having beat the #3 ranked player this past weekend.

Xiong holds the record for most wins in Oregon Golf history with six.

The California native intends to turn pro after the NCAA Championships later this spring, according to a recent NCAA article.

Where Are the Ducks Ranked? - April 3

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It's April, meaning spring sports are now in full swing. While a trio of Oregon squads have their eyes set on chasing a national title and currently sit top-five in the country, a couple others are making their own noise and slowly climbing the ranks. 

Here is how Oregon Athletics stack up nationally.

OREGON SOFTBALL

#5 - USA Today / NFCA Coaches Poll
#2 - NCAA Softball RPI

OREGON WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD

#2 - USTFCCCA National Rankings

OREGON MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD

#4 - USTFCCCA National Rankings

Oregon Baseball

#22 - NCAA Baseball RPI

OREGON WOMEN'S TENNIS

#22 - ITA Rankings

Eight Oregon DUCK Storylines to Follow This Spring

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It's April! While the basketball seasons are over, there are plenty of reasons to be excited for Oregon Athletics this spring and a number of exciting storylines worth following. We've listed out eight of our favorites for your enjoyment. 

Oregon Duck Spring Storylines

Oregon Softball Chasing a National Title: The Ducks are ranked top five in the land and have both the offensive firepower and standout pitching to make a serious run at a national title.

Starting pitcher Megan Kleist is as good as they come and the addition of DJ Sanders, a slugger to say the least, has been a big win for Coach Mike White's team. The Pac-12 is loaded with top-tier teams, which should only help the Ducks heading into the post-season.

Norman Xiong Stepping It Up for Oregon Men's Golf: The Oregon Men's Golf team is looking for continued improvement throughout the season, and while the squad may not win many of their big invitational matches this season, fans need to keep an eye on sophomore sensation Norman Xiong. 

Xiong has already won four tournaments this season and has taken his game to a whole new level in 2018. While an individual national title may seem like a reach, if Xiong continues to progress, nearly anything seems possible.

Oregon Women's Track and Field Seeks Redemption: After winning seven of the previous eight indoor national titles, the Women of Oregon fell to fifth at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships last month.

Despite the lackluster finish, the squad enters the outdoor season with as good as shot as any team to claim the national crown. Much of their success depends on the health of standout sprinter Ariana Washington and distance runner Katie Rainsberger. 

Oregon Baseball's Star Kenyon Yovan Steps Into Starting Role: While Oregon Baseball finds their footing in the early going, showing signs of incredible potential at times, pre-season All-American Kenyon Yovan is an individual player worth watching. His pre-season accolades focused on his role as closer, but Yovan has been shifted to a starting role. How he handles pitching longer innings and being a focal point of the starting rotation will be a storyline worth following as the season progresses.

Get a Look at Oregon Football on April 21 at the Spring Game: We're a long way from the start of the 2018-19 Oregon Football season, but spring practices are well underway and Coach Mario Cristobal and his staff are pushing their team hard. With talent like Justin Herbert, Troy Dye, Jalen Jelks and Tony Brooks-James ready to showcase their skills, along with countless other players ready to show what they can do, the Spring Game is going to be a fun one this year.

Oregon Men's Tennis' Thomas Laurent is Incredible: Whether or not you're a tennis fan, Oregon's Thomas Laurent is worth watching at some point this spring. The French national is ranked as a top-15 individual player at the NCAA level, while he and his doubles partner Cormac Clissold are the winning duo in Oregon history. 

The first-team All Pac-12 junior is only getting stronger as the season continues and it would not be surprising at all to see Laurent challenge for a top five finish at the NCAA Championships later this semester. 

Oregon Men's Track and Field with National Title Aspirations: A 13th place showing at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships mean it's fairly far fetched for the Men of Oregon to claim an outdoor crown, but it'd also not be smart for the nation to count out the Ducks. 

The team's middle distance crew is impressive, while a handful of sprinters could take Oregon to another level. Robert Johnson's squad always seems to peak perfectly at NCAA Outdoors. Their true success at the national level should be shown by the Pac-12 Championships.

The Recruiting Trail Never Slows for Oregon Football and Oregon Men's Basketball: Just when you think the recruiting season slows down, fans are reminded that the recruiting cycle never stops, as Oregon Football recently received a commitment from a four-star defensive tackle from California.

Coach Mario Cristobal is set to host a ton of talent at the Spring Game later this month, which could see a few athletes commit on the spot, while Coach Dana Altman and his staff are working 3-4 different top recruits and grad transfers, seeking to fill out their 2018-19 roster. Recruiting news is never in short supply.

There are plenty of other storylines to follow this spring, but these are a few of our favorites as April and the spring sports season start heating up.

Go Ducks!

Let the Madness Begin for Oregon Women's Basketball

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Let the madness begin! Oregon Women's Basketball learned their NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament fate Monday, earning the second seed in the West Regional. The seed is the best in program history and give the squad a clear path of what it'll take for them to earn a spot in the Final Four in Columbus, Ohio.

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The Ducks take on Seattle University, a #15 seed, this Friday at 7pm at home. Assuming the Ducks beat Seattle, they will then face either Minnesota or Green Bay on March 18, also at home. 

The No. 2 seed is the highest in school history, ahead of the No. 3 seed earned by the 1984 team.
— GoDucks

Residing in the West Regional also means the Ducks will play Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games in Spokane, should they advance that far. While Notre Dame ranks as the top seed in the region, the Ducks would clearly have a home court advantage knowing how close Spokane is to Eugene - especially when compared to South Bend, Indiana. 

Let the Madness begin! Go Ducks!

Where Are the Ducks Ranked? - March 1

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Photo courtesy of GoDucks

The Oregon Women's Basketball team is moving up the rankings as the Pac-12 Tournament nears, while Oregon Softball and Oregon Women's Track and Field maintain their top ten national rankings. Go Ducks!

Oregon Softball

#6 - USA Today / NFCA Coaches Poll

Oregon Women's Basketball

#6 - AP Top 25 Poll
#6 - USA Today Coaches Poll

Oregon Women's Track and Field

#5 - USTFCCCA National Rankings
#5 - DyeStat NCAA Rankings

Oregon Men's Track and Field

#10 - DyeStat NCAA Rankings
#17 - USTFCCCA National Rankings

Oregon Women's Tennis

#22 - ITA Rankings