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.
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.