Bubble Watch: Oregon Spot Secure But Could Improve With Strong Finish

By David LaRose
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Record: 23-6 (12-4) RPI: 48 SOS: 123

Thank goodness for a strong overall record and solid conference record in the Pac 12 or else Oregon’s spot in the NCAA Tournament would be more in question.

Oregon is ranked as the No. 19 team in the country and that’s something that benefits their national perception as the season winds down. I wouldn’t say that Oregon is necessarily on the bubble but if they stumble down the stretch and get bounced early in the conference tournament then they could find themselves in a tight spot with poor numbers to show for (weak SOS).

When Dominic Artis went down with an injury a few weeks ago the Ducks struggled a bit but due to their strong start to the season they were still in good shape. Now with Artis coming back last week there should be no doubt about Oregon being an NCAA Tournament caliber team.

They are 5-4 against the RPI top 50 teams with quality wins over Arizona, UNLV and UCLA. With only six losses on the season there is not room for any bad losses and their only one was against UTEP who is just outside the RPI top 100 at 106. Oregon has another chance to pick up a big win tomorrow night when they travel to play Colorado who is in the RPI top 30. A road win over the Buffs will only be another big win on their resume but it will help them move up from the six seed that many “bracketology” predictions have them at now.

Head coach Dana Altman has done a tremendous job this season, exceeding expectations and now has his team in a position to not only win the Pac 12 regular season title but to head into March Madness with some momentum.

David LaRose is a College Basketball writer for Rant Sports covering the Pac 12 and the University of Colorado. He’s also a member of the USBWA. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

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