Ducks soar, but Beavers flop in season openers

Ducks win over Georgetown in South Korea, while Beavers lose at home to Coppin State


Ranked 19th in the country, the Oregon Ducks are looking forward to a strong season with strong chances of making the NCAA Tournament in March. The Oregon State Beavers are in a rebulilding season, with head coach Craig Robinson entering his sixth and possibly final season.

The Ducks scored  an impressive win over Georgetown in Seoul, South Korea at a military base, celebrating Veterans Day. They beat Georgetown 82-75 in a game at which  the whole audience was full of active military personel. Oregon won again last Wednesday Nov. 13 against Western Carolina, 107-83. Their non-conference schedule consists of a tough game on the road against Ole Miss, Ilinois, and BYU at home. The Ducks won against Utah Valley,69-54, on Tuesday Nov. 19.

The Beavers suffered an embarrassing season opener loss at home to Coppin State. Even though Roberto Nelson, senior, had a career high of 36 points, the Beavers still could not pull off a win. They won against Portland at home on Wednesday, 79-73,and beat to Maryland on Sunday in their first road game of the season, 90-83.

Coming off a disappointing season last year, Oregon State might have a talented enough squad to make a run for its first NCAA tournament bid since 1990, with four returning starters.

Oregon and Oregon State should have pretty good seasons ahead of them with good non-conference schedules heading into Pac-12 play.