The Oregon Ducks have been to the NCAA Tournament 13 times including the last three in a row. If you were asked to name the team that won the very first NCAA Tournament, would you guess the Oregon Ducks? If not, then you’d be wrong. The Ducks won the National championship in 1939 with a tall lineup of players like Slim Wintermute, Lauren Gale and John Dick known as “The Tall Firs.” So if you ever wondered why the floor at Matthew Knight Arena has a bunch of trees on it for a team called the Ducks, it is in tribute to the first NCAA Tournament Champions.
The Ducks have been to the Sweet Sixteen four times and the Elite Eight five times. In 2002 and 2007, the Ducks made it to the Elite Eight and in 2013 they went to the Sweet Sixteen. The Ducks have been to the Round of 32 the last three seasons.
They have been to the NIT 10 times in school history, making it to Madison Square Garden three times. The Ducks have also been to the CBI once, winning the championship in 2011. Can the Ducks make it back to the Big Dance again this season? Can they break through to the Sweet Sixteen? Come out to the Matthew Knight Arena this year and find out.
Some of the greats to play for the Ducks include Aaron Brooks, Luke Ridnour, E. J. Singler, Luke Jackson, Arselan Kazemi, and many more.
The Matthew Knight Arena is one of the top venues in the sport of college basketball. Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, is an Oregon alum and a huge donor to the Ducks athletics program, so no expense is spared to make the Ducks one of college sports best. The Matthew Knight Arena opened in 2011 and it is a magnificent venue for college basketball. With its wider concourse area and many TVs, you can go get your favorite concession items without battling the crowd or missing the game while you wait in a long line. Those concession items include specialty sandwiches, hot dogs, popcorn, nachos and more.
The atmosphere is great as Ducks fans are some of the most vocal and knowledgeable in all of college sports. The student section, known as “The Pit” is as loud as any in the nation. An Oregon Ducks game is a fantastic college basketball experience.
The Ducks are part of the PAC 12 Conference, which is one of the best in the country. It includes teams such as Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah, Stanford, California, Washington and Washington State. These teams will be trying to win the PAC 12 Tournament to win the automatic bid to the Big Dance, but also a high seed at the Dance as well. The winner of the PAC 12 is always a Final Four contender. Many if these teams will be trying to get an at-large bid as well. Typically about half of these teams make it to the NCAA Tournament.
The Matthew Knight Arena is one of college sports best venues. If you can get to a Ducks game this season, don’t miss it.
Courtesy of Oregon Live