Location: Eugene, OR
Coach: Dana Altman
Record: 25-9 (13-5 Pac-12)
Kenpom ranking: 47
Good wins (Kenpom ranking): Utah (8, twice)
Bad losses (Kenpom ranking): Washington State (191), Washington (122)
Tournament appearances: 13
Best result: Champions (1939)
NBA alumni: Steve "Snapper" Jones, Aaron Brooks, Luke Ridnour, Terrell Brandon
Best name: Hayden Coppedge
Famous alumni: Phil Knight, Kaitlin Olson, Ron Wyden
Oregon endured a nearly complete overhaul of their 2014 tournament team. Five seniors with significant roles graduated, including three starters. Furthermore, three players were kicked off the team after rape charges, and another rotation player transferred. But senior point guard Joseph Young carried the young team on his back, and the Ducks made the tourney for the third year in a row -- for the first time in program history.
Style of play: Make way for ducklings
We say Ducklings because this squad is small and inexperienced. None of their starters are over 6'7 on some nights, and they play a slew of freshmen and juco transfers to make up for the recent exodus. Defense is a struggle without much size, but Young makes it work offensively, primarily by scoring himself. The Ducks have the 16th-most efficient offense in the country.
Key player: Young Gun
Joseph Young earned Pac-12 Player of the Year honors on account of his remarkable scoring skills. Young is a gifted shooter, and trust us, he will shoot threes. But he also has remarkable adeptness from within the teeth of the defense for a 6'2 guy who doesn't have elite speed or strength. He's a point guard, so he passes sometimes, but why would you want him to?
When the Ducks get a bid ma / bracket like it's hooooooot
ESPN announcer Bill Walton, who took his already distinctive, loopy style to a completely new level this season, has a nickname for Oregon forward Dwayne Benjamin. It's "Snoop Dogg." Just "Snoop Dogg." When he touches the ball, Walton just says "Snoop Dogg" instead of Benjamin's name. Supposedly he thinks they look alike -- do you see it?