T.J. Warren (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Many may argue conference tournament week is better than the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Every team in the country still has an opportunity of making the Dance at the start of the week, but as the days go by, more and more dreams are crushed. Teams have to win three, four and sometimes five straight games in as many days to claim an automatic bid in the field of 68. Read More »
/ Mar 30, 2013 / 12:50 am
Trey Burke (photo. Michigan Athletics)
It had been 19 years since Michigan had made the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. But dabble in a little Trey Burke, and add in some copious amounts of the Kansas Jayhawks — who have a history of this sort of choking — and it all adds up to the best comeback of March Madness … After overtime, the final score read, 87-85, Michigan, but make no mistake: it wasn’t the Wolverines that won the game. It was their point guard. Read More »
March is here and it has definitely brought the madness with it. The 2012-13 NCAA Basketball season has been one where no one team has been able to keep hold of the No. 1 ranking. With the parity level so high, the NCAA Tournament is set up perfectly to be one of monumental upsets. Read More »
Oregon is on the bubble of nearly everyone’s mock NCAA Tournament bracket at 22-8. The dunk by its senior forward, Olu Ashaolu, on Saturday however, needs no second-guessing.
Ashaolu, a 6-7, 220-pound forward who played at Louisiana Tech before transferring to Oregon after graduation for a final season of eligibility, made Oregon’s 94-48 win over Utah somehow even worse with his “didn’t see you standing there” slam. The Utes’ Javon Dawson turned his back on Ashaolu’s drive but couldn’t get out of the way fast enough. Read More »
Jabari Brown (photo. Eric Evans)
A year after announcing on ESPNU as an Oakland High School senior that he would play college basketball at Oregon, heralded guard Jabari Brown appears to have chosen his next destination in a quieter fashion Monday.
Brown, in a report by ESPN’s Diamond Leung, says he has committed to play for Frank Haith and Missouri. His mother confirmed her son’s decision. Read More »
E.J. Singler (photo. University of Oregon)
*College basketball is here (unlike the NBA), and this year might be one of the best in recent memory. The powerhouse is back, while the Cinderellas believe. That’s a deadly combination. We know some of y’all have been asking for some previews. We have you covered – the top 16 teams in the nation will be previewed individually in the next few weeks. For now, we’ll kick this off with Oregon – not a top 16 team, but one of our favorites here at Dime.* Read More »
Michael Dunigan (photo. University of Oregon)
I don’t have the exact statistics handy, but I’m sure of this: the NBA is a code that’s damn near impossible to crack. Of the thousands of potential prospects in collegiate competition and foreign clubs around the world, there are still only 60 draft slots available each June.
For some, seeing their replica jersey adorn store shelves has been a foregone conclusion since middle school, while others have taken a more unconventional route through minor league lineups and 10-day contracts. But whatever path is ultimately taken to the NBA, it’s undoubtedly filled with its share of surprises, sidetracks and lucky moments. Read More »
E.J. Singler (photo. Eric Evans/University of Oregon)
If you have an older sibling, maybe you know how Oregon’s E.J. Singler feels. They’re always a step ahead, always a tad stronger, always setting expectations high. When you do accomplish something, they never fail to overshadow you anyway.
But imagine being in a hoops-driven family, following in the footsteps of Duke All-American Kyle Singler. There were the McDonald’s honors out of high school and a ride to play for one of the most heralded programs for a coach who only goes by a letter for a last name.
That was sophomore E.J. Singler’s life. He’s not sorry about it either. Read More »
Last night, the University of Oregon played their first game at the brand new Matthew Knight Arena, and the festivities were awesome. But before the game even began, the Ducks tweeted out a picture of their exclusive Nike Zoom Hyperfuse that make me want to enroll in grad school in Eugene. Read More »