Cross Country Teams Continue to Impress

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The Oregon Women's and Men's Cross Country squads had a great weekend at the Pre-Nationals Invitational in Louisville, as the women scored a big-time win over numerous other top ten ranked teams, while the men earned a strong third place finish. 

Leading the way for the women was sophomore Katie Rainsberger, who finished fourth overall, but she found plenty of yellow and green up near the front with her, as Lilli Burdon placed seventh, while Carmela Cardama Baez and Jessica Hull placed 15th and 16th. 

Oregon won with 63 points (low point total wins), besting Colorado, who entered their 2017-18 campaign as the pre-season favorites to win the national title. The defending national champions are looking good as the heart of the season (Pac-12s, Regionals and Nationals) come into view.

Read More: Women of Oregon Impress with Pre-Nationals Win (GoDucks)

On the men's side, the Ducks earned a third place finish, showing they are a legit contender to challenge for a trophy (top four teams) at the NCAA Cross Country Championships next month. While BYU won in dominating fashion with a mere 41 points, Oregon nearly bested runner-up Colorado 118-129. 

The squad ran their top six as a pack for much of the race, as Tanner Anderson led the charge with a 17th place effort, while six-man Travis Neuman placed 33rd. Having a strong 1-6 gives the Ducks an edge against other squads who may have front runners who can beat their top runners, but lack the depth.   

Oregon Women's Basketball Starting Season with High Expectations

The March Madness surrounding Oregon Women's Basketball last season was simply incredible. After the young squad finished the season sixth in the Pac-12, the Ducks made a run in the NCAA Tournament, ultimately making it to the Elite Eight, showing just how bright the future would be. 

Oregon's 2016-17 success is sure to carry over into this season and the Pac-12 coaches agree that expectations have risen for the squad, as they enter the season ranked tied for second in the Pac-12 Pre-Season Coaches Poll

Read More: Ducks Tied for Second in Pac-12 Preseason Poll (GoDucks)

With 108 points and three first place votes, the team is tied with Stanford for second, while sitting closely behind UCLA, who tallied 115 points and seven first place votes.

This season is going to be fierce!

Five Reasons to Be Excited: Oregon v. Cal

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The Ducks are 3-1 and a win Saturday over Cal would push Oregon to already match their win total from last season. What a difference a year makes!

Coach Willie Taggart and his squad are primed and ready take square off against their Pac-12 rivals, and while game day is always exciting enough, here are five reasons why we're chomping at the bit to get to kick-off at 7:35pm in Eugene. 

1. Royce Freeman's Touchdowns

#21 leads the country in touchdowns this season, already having 10 to his name. Freeman is rolling and another big game against Cal will only lift his Heisman Trophy campaign. Freeman is one touchdown away from becoming Oregon's career leader for both touchdowns and points scored, which is quite the feat competing at Running Back U. 

2. The Ducks Are Back at Home...

After two games on the road, Oregon is back in the rowdy confines of Autzen Stadium. Join us at our pre-game tailgate, get excited for kick-off, sing the school song (a few times!) and march to the stadium 30 minutes before Aidan Schneider launches the opening kick into the end zone or Tony Brooks-James returns another opening kick-off for a touchdown. 

3. ...At Night

Can we all agree that night games bring a whole different level of energy? Under the lights, surrounded by darkness around the stadium, it's like the team is competing on a theater in the round. Celebrating Duck touchdowns with 50,000+ fans...we have chills!

4. Bring In the Recruits

According to Duck Territory (VIP account access only), there are a number of big recruits headed to Eugene for Saturday's game. Many of the recruits are taking unofficial visits and are currently juniors, meaning they won't commit for another year, however, anytime nationally-ranked players are in town is a good day. Oh...here's that list of recruits that'll be standing on the sideline Saturday.

5. Points, Points, Points

Remember when the Oregon offense was considered one of the best in the country? We all know last year was tough, but the Ducks are back. They lead the nation in total points (203) points per game (50.8), total touchdown (29) and rushing touchdown (20). The running game is on fire and Justin Herbert and the young receiving core continue to defy expectations. Here come the touchdowns!

See you at Autzen. Go Ducks!

 

Cross Country Squad Ready to Open Season at Home

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The Oregon Cross Country squad kick-off their season Friday at 10am at Springfield Golf Club, leading the charge at the annual Bill Dellinger Invitational. The women enter Friday's contest ranked #2 in the country, while the men line-up ranked #8 in the U.S. 

Both the men and women will have three runners among their ranks who competed for the Ducks at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2016. Katie Rainsberger headlines the women's squad, coming off a fourth place showing at nationals last year. She's joined by fellow national competitors Jessica Hull and Emma Abrahamson. The women seek to defend their national title this season.

On the men's side, Tanner Anderson is the top returnee for the Ducks, having placed 68th in 2016. Sam Prakel and Travis Neuman should run side-by-side with Anderson, while freshman Cooper Teare adds depth to the team, as arguably the nation's top freshman entering the season. 

Articles of Interest: Men's Team Preview | Women's Team Preview | Dellinger Invite Preview

Joining the Ducks at the Springfield Golf Club Friday morning are Pac-12 rivals Stanford and Washington, Oregon State, Portland and others. The match-up against Stanford is of particular intrigue, as the Cardinal are ranked second in the nation on the men's side and fifth in the nation on the women's. 

Both the men's and women's races will feature three top 11 ranked teams. BYU (#6) joins Stanford and Oregon in the men's race, while Washington (#11) will race Oregon and Stanford on the women's side.

Go Ducks!

Five-Star Recruit Louis King Commits to Oregon

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Dana Altman and his staff earned a big recruiting win Thursday, as New Jersey five-star small forward Louis King committed to Oregon

Ranked as the nation's #16 recruit by 247Sports and #21 by ESPN, King adds an immediate impact wing player to the squad

Read More: Andrew Nemec's Analysis (OregonLive) | ESPN Recruiting Analysis

I loved my visit and I feel head coach Dana Altman is the perfect fit for me.
— Louis King talking to ESPN

From all accounts we've read, King is a dynamic scorer, while adding versatility to the defensive end. At 6-8, with a seven-foot wingspan, King can guard multiple positions.

Welcome to Oregon, Mr. King!

Five Oregon Men's Basketball Games We're Excited For

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The Oregon Men's Basketball season is less than two months from the first official tip-off, which means it's time to start talking basketball a bit. The Ducks released their 2017-18 schedule this week and there are a handful of games that stand out amongst the rest. 

Additional Reads: View the Schedule | Weekends Dotted with Marquee Opponents

Here are our top five favorites at first glance:

November 23 - UCONN

Oregon gets their first big-time test of the season in their first game of the PK80 Invitational in Portland. Squaring off against the UConn Huskies, the Ducks will face a perennial tournament challenger. While game one will surely be entertaining - and a great way to see the Ducks play in Portland - they'll perhaps have an even greater challenge the following day against Michigan State, a team many are ranking in pre-season top five rankings.

December 13 - PORTLAND STATE

This game against the Vikings should be a relatively relaxed contest, as the Ducks are by far the better team on paper. What makes this one exciting is that a win in Eugene could very well mean the squad has won 50 straight home games. What a milestone! Obviously the team will need to take care of business before, but 50 straight wins at home is big-time.

January 18 - USC

Returning the core of last year's talented team, USC has the players to contend for a top ten ranking during the season. It remains to be seen if the Trojans will be able to match the expectations set at the end of last season, but regardless, they'll be a foe this season for Oregon and a squad capable of beating the Ducks at home.

February 17 - UCLA

Trap games don't happen all that often in college basketball, as the churn of games creates quick turnaround and a need to focus on the one game in front of you. With that said, Oregon takes on USC in Los Angeles on February 15, only to turn around two days later to play against UCLA. USC will be a mighty test and the heart of the season will be in play. UCLA offers a top 25 test, and while there is no Lonzo Ball this year to contend with, the Bruins have plenty of talent make their own run in the Pac-12.

February 24 - ARIZONA

If the Ducks take care of business at home against USC and UCLA, don't be surprised if they take their undefeated home streak into the final stage of the regular season, in particular this clash against Arizona. The Wildcats are considered by most national experts as the top team entering the 2017-18 season, bringing back a tremendous amount of talent from last season's squad and adding in a few marquee recruits. Needless to say, Arizona is loaded and this will offer the young Ducks quite a challenge.

The season is coming, the squad is preparing and we can't wait to see what this year's squad can do on the court.