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Craig Robinson, Brother of Michelle Obama, Practicing His Oregon State Team on Election Day

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As November rolls around, it marks the start of the college basketball season but this year it is important for another reason that’s a little bigger than the start of a sports season, the 2012 Presidential Election.

Craig Robinson, Oregon State’s head basketball coach, along with every other coach in the country is working towards preparing his team for the upcoming season but he has one other thing on his mind and it has to do with his in-laws. Robinson is the older brother of Michelle Obama, which makes him one of the most important brother-in-laws in the country. It was a very hot topic at today’s Pac 12 media days and rightfully so with the upcoming Election Day just around the corner.

As the election season hits its most crucial point in the next week Robinson has another role besides being the head coach in Corvallis and that’s to support his sister’s campaign efforts. He’s done a good job separating his basketball life and his campaign life up to this point but media members wanted to know where he’ll be on Election Day.

“That’s classified,” Robinson joked, before revealing his true whereabouts. “I will be in Chicago for Election Night.”

As far as his team goes, they won’t be let off the hook despite his lofty status within the Obama campaign. On Election Day they will be hard at work preparing for their season opener that is just three days after November 6.

“Are you kidding me? We have a game on Nov. 9!” Robinson answered, when asked about practicing on Election Day. “We are practicing Tuesday… from now until our first game.”

He mentioned that he believes that it will be a very close election but he also said he was biased. It would be hard for him not to be biased but it was still interesting to hear what he had to say on the subject due to his affiliation.

Oregon State is looking to improve on a 21-15 record from last season, which included a surprise trip to the semi-finals game in the Pac 12 Tournament and two wins in the CBI post season tournament. They lost their best player from last year, Jared Cunningham, but they should still be very competitive in the conference again this year.

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Oregon Ducks Eyeballing 1-7 Conference Start

The Oregon Ducks started the 2013-14 season with such promise. Their 13-0 start was accomplished with Bob Cousy Watch-list member Dominic Artis suspended for most of the streak. After a week to recover from a their third consecutive loss, the Ducks would lose a rivalry game to Oregon State 80-72. The losses have gotten progressively worse, as Oregon State is one of the bottom of the barrel teams in the Pac 12 Conference.

The starters went a combined 7-35 from the floor, a major reason why the Ducks could only muster 38 percent from the field. The three Ducks that were in double figures all came off the bench. 25 points from the starting five of one of the highest scoring teams in the country is inexcusable. The Ducks could play the rivalry game card to try and support their less than stellar play Sunday evening, but Oregon is running low on usable excuses.

The does not get any easier for the Ducks, who now are 1-4 in conference play. Before their collapse, the Ducks were a top-10 team. Now, Oregon faces the possibility of going 1-7 in the month of January. The next three games for the Ducks include trips to Washington and Washington Stateand will play host to ranked UCLAUnless Oregon returns to their non-conference offensive efficiency, the program as a whole will be in dire straits. There are still 13 remaining conference games for the Ducks to get back on track. It is too soon to write off the Ducks in the Pac 12, but Oregon is trending in the wrong direction.

Jack Dooley is a Big 12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JackDooleyOCS.

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