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Hawks secure win on the road

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    Bria Thames and Alyssa Grenfell get ready to play defense. Provided by Craig Jackson

The RiverHawks women’s team defeated the Cougars 72-to-67 on the road Friday at Clackamas Community College for the Clackamas Thanksgiving Invitational tournament during the weekend of Nov. 25.

Jordan Stotler, Bria Thames and Dajanay Powell dominated in their performance; all three recorded a double-double (ten or more of two different stats) in points and rebounds.

Taylor Stricklin was the Hawks leading scorer with 21 points.

UCC now has a record of four wins and zero losses. “We are pleased with the start, but it is going to be progressively tougher,” head coach Dave Stricklin said.

The women’s team started off with a spark, ending the first quarter with a score of 28-to-10. At halftime, the score was 37-to-26 in UCC’s favor. The game bounced back and forth in the third quarter, with Clackamas having a deficit of ten, UCC still leading 61-to-51.

Clackamas almost fired back in the end, splitting the deficit in half, but they were unsuccessful in getting the win.

Rebounds were one of the keys to UCC’s win, the Hawks getting 20 more (62) than Clackamas (42), but fouls were a big issue for UCC. Both Stotler and Powell recorded four personal fouls. Stricklin had three, while Merrily Jones from UCC’s reserves also had two. All of those fouls gave Clackamas 14 free points.

Blocks were another factor in UCC’s win; UCC recorded eight while Clackamas only had two.

Coach Stricklin was very happy about the win: “This is a good win for us; they are a good team.”

The RiverHawks will travel to Bellevue, Washington to compete in the Bulldog Classic basketball tournament from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3.

Men’s,women’s wrestling compete at Mike Clock Open

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    Sam Homola / The Mainstream. Christian Perez sets up his pin before winning.
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RiverHawks wrestling went to Pacific University to compete at the Mike Clock Open on the weekend of Nov. 11 and 12. Twenty-six teams from community colleges and universities in British Columbia, Idaho, Washington and Oregon battled it out on the mats to try and win in their weight classes.

Most wrestling matches during the tournament seemed to either win with a pin in the first minute or took longer than the three hour car trip from Roseburg to the Portland area tournament.

Could that be that I did not see all the good matches when there, or was that because of the vast difference in school’s skill level and experience?

UCC’s Dallas O’Bryan won his 285 pound quarterfinals match with an overtime score of 4-2 but failed to advance in his weight bracket.

Ian Thomas (165) won his first match by decision against Zac Volk (WSU) and then was pinned by Tyler McLean (SFU) in his next match. Thomas lost his final bout by decision against KJ Swanson (GH).

Ian Thomas lost his 165 pound quarterfinals match by fall (pin), and Pamela Beans of UCC’s women’s team lost her 143 pound semifinals match by fall.

After a first round bye, UCC’s Grant Laiblin (133) lost by pin to Riley Prough of Simon Fraiser University (SFU). Laiblin later lost his second and final match by major decision to Christian Balagso of Southwest Oregon Community College (SWOCC).

Kobe Olson (149) of UCC pinned his second opponent, Marco Young (SWOCC), and then lost to Braedon Orrino. Olson was also pinned by Joshua Reyes in his first round match.

Jake Porter (157) won his second match by decision against Cameron Dubos of Washington State University (WSU). Porter later was pinned by Cooper McCullough of North Idaho College (NIC) and lost his first round match by fall against Drake Randall (EOU).

Wyatt Kesler (157) won his second match by pinning Kimani Sam Johnson of Grays Harbor Community College (GH). Kesler did lose his next consolation round to Nick Dozier of Cerritos College by fall and also his first round against Devin Doneen of Western Washington University.

Christian Perez (174) pinned Matthew Alejandro (GH) in his second match of the day. Perez lost his last round by fall to Cole Hornbrook as well as his first round match against Konner Langholff (SWOCC).

Levi Summers (184) lost his first found by major decision to Tanner Belcher. Summers lost his next round as well by decision against Joe Fricilone (GH).

After Brayden Schultz (197) was pinned in his first match by Morgan Smith (SFU) and Josh Hammers (197) lost his first round match by fall against Gage Harrah of Clackamas Community College, Schultz and Hammers came back to win both of their next matches by fall.

Hammers went on to pin Jack Moen of Grays Harbor but then lost to Alejandro Sandoval (SWOCC) by decision. Schultz then lost his next match by pin to Jack Dahlgren (GH).

Dallas O’Bryan (285) pinned Juan Vallejo (Clackamas) in the first round and beat Timothy Smith (SFU) in overtime of his second match. O’Bryan then lost his next match to Nishan Randhawa (SFU), then to Damian Trujillo (NIC).

Coach Kyle Temple of UCC’s men’s team said, “In this level, everybody is tough.” Temple also stated, “The biggest thing is our kids compete.”

For the women’s team, UCC’s Moira Sheldon (123) lost her first match by fall to Brooklyn Bartelson (SFU). Sheldon lost her final match to Angelina Sanchez by technical fall.

Jennifer Molinero (130) lost her first match by fall to Alex Hedrick (SFU). Molinero also lost her last match to Sierra Joner (SWOCC).

Saskia Vanderhoff (136) beat Piper Stanford by a 9-to-5 decision in her second match. She lost her first match to Nicole Depa (SFU) by technical fall and her last match to Olivia Demars (SWOCC) by forfeit due to injury.

Pamela Beans (143) pinned Megan Gonzalez (GH) for a win by fall, but then lost to Francesca Giorgio (SFU) by fall. Beans lost her last match to a 6-to-0 decision to Maryssa Monterrosa (GH).

Mariela Ferritz (155) lost her first match to Tiana Peterson by fall. Ferritz lost her last match by pin to Anevay Avila of the University of Washington.

Coach Asia DeWeese of the women’s team was disappointed by the results, understandably due to not having a full roster.

“We are in the process of recruiting more wrestlers for next year,” DeWeese stated.

UCC’s men’s wrestling team will compete against North Idaho College in a dual meet in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on Nov. 18.

The women’s team will compete in a dual meet in Spokane, Washington against Spokane Community College on Nov. 19.

How about being thankful before we open presents?

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Before we open presents, can we appreciate the turkey mom spent half a day on?

The holidays are coming up and many are very excited about holiday festivities such as hanging up stockings, Christmas shopping and New Year resolutions.

With all of this excitement in the air, some are forgetting that it is still November.

Isn’t there some sort of event that happens in November? Oh yes, Black Friday? No! There is still a pretty big moment missing: Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that entails a rather large feast with family and friends. Some people also engage with listing what they are thankful for.

The problem is that many companies start advertising for Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) shopping deals, thus almost making Thanksgiving seem unimportant.

Some stores are even opening their doors for sales on Thanksgiving.

The popular company Amazon started some of their holiday deals on Nov 17. Several Amazon products such as the Echo, Kindle, and Fire Stick will be on sale as well as Samsung and Sony brand televisions.

This sale is set to start a week before Thanksgiving. Before people even go to the grocery store, they are shown deals on enticing products, with severe discounts.

Why is that? Is Thanksgiving not supposed to be a day with family feasting, rather than a day shopping and getting ready for the next holiday?

What do you readers think? Should it be a time for family, a time for shopping, catching up on studies, traveling or all of the above? Please feel free to answer.

https://poll.fbapp.io/thanksgiving-poll-2106838

Call of Duty: back into history for a new game

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    Private Zussman, a main character, marches by a friendly tank. Photo provided by Activision.

   Hardcore fans of the Call of Duty franchise can now pick up their newest addition: Call of Duty WW2, developed by Sledgehammer games (last release was by Infinity Ward). The fast-paced first person shooter had a midnight release Nov. 2.

   Call of Duty WW2 tells the grim story of World War II. For example, the game’s campaign mode starts players off directly in the battle as they storm Normandy Beach evading machine gun turrets while watching fellow soldiers take heavy casualties.

   With all the questions and excitement in the air, many people are curious about Sledgehammer’s approach to the game’s multiplayer and zombie game modes.

   I bought and downloaded the game Nov. 2 on its early release night, and I can say that after the first couple of hours waiting for bugs to be patched, I was very amazed with the game and its three different modes, campaign, multiplayer, and Nazi zombies.

   In fact, at 9 p.m. I was at GameStop picking up the game. At 9:20 p.m., I started downloading it. The game’s multiplayer servers were down, so I started with campaign mode, and it wasn’t until 11:40 p.m. that the multi-player servers were up. At 12:06 a.m., I was still unable to load a multi-player game. At 12:12, I was finally able to start playing online in multiplayer mode. Being a fan of Call of Duty, I was committed to get into a game no matter how long it took.

   As said earlier, the game’s campaign mode is an emotional roller-coaster but also a very fun experience. I was only able to play the first two missions, but the game did add a few new aspects.

   Earlier in previous Call of Duty games, if your player’s health decreased, you simply ran to cover and your health automatically regenerated. In WW2, you have medical kits that you have to use to bandage yourself to gain health. You either find them throughout the game or take them from a solider who gives them to you over time.

   The campaign also contains good commentary from actual actors such as Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Jonathan Tucker (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Sleepers) and Jeffrey Pierce (The Stranger Within).

   The multiplayer game mode is also very enjoyable. This new Call of Duty does, however, now have a new “Headquarters” that is a sort of main lobby where players can take their customized character and walk around and do several activities such as training, one-versus-one battles and a shooting range to practice with new unlocked guns.

   The game also has supply drops which fall from the sky and give players different types of calling cards, emblems and other personal items.

   All of these new features aside, the game has amazingly smooth game-play. It was the clearest picture I have seen in a Call of Duty game in a while.

   The game’s Nazi zombie mode is a game mode where players can play together or solo and fight their way through as many waves of zombies as possible. The mode was given some new additions to previous games’ zombie modes by adding things such as different classes which have a variety of perks and special abilities.

   Players are also able to customize their own load-out before starting a new game.

   All three game modes are thrilling to play, even though only the campaign has pure historical accuracy.

   Gamers might be interested to know that, according to an article provided by Forbes, Sledgehammer purposely took out swastikas and other inappropriate icons on multiplayer and zombie game modes.

   Yet, in the game’s campaign mode, Sledgehammer purposely left it and other icons in so that the game is as accurate as possible.

   Forbes talked to the co-founder of Sledgehammer games, Michael Condrey, who said, “Including Nazi symbols wouldn’t bring honor, nor be appropriate, without the rich history of a WW2 story to ground their context in Multiplayer.”

   I understand where he is going with that. In light of recent events regarding Nazi symbols, it would be a good idea to leave it out of a fictional part of the game. Keeping it in the campaign for historical accuracy makes sense.

   Regardless of that, I love all three game modes and will be playing Call of Duty WW2 for quite some time. To readers who are fans of first person shooters, I say you should pick up a copy as soon as possible; you do not want to miss out.

   Call of Duty WW2 has a rating of M for mature audiences rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).

   On a scale from one to ten: 8.5/10.

Wifi still under construction, completion to be in fall 2018

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Since the winter term of 2017, Umpqua Community College has been working hard on upgrading and improving the slow internet speeds and connectivity issues on campus.

Some students are already seeing improvements in the network, while others are not.

Jakob Bergman, an engineer major, said the network has been “a little better.”

Tanner McCue, another engineer major, thought the network’s speed has had little to no difference, saying it has been “marginally different, but still overall bad.”

Those who have not seen a change with the internet may need to give it some time. UCC is still working on adding a couple of more improvements to the network.

Kathy Thomason, UCC’s network administrator, confirmed that UCC has added two new firewalls that allow the full gigabyte of internet speed (last year UCC only received 450 megabytes). Thomason added that UCC has “business class internet” which gives UCC the full one gigabyte pipeline. Home networks typically have a shared pipeline of optical fibers in a neighborhood.

UCC has also attempted to fix networking issues by introducing Cisco brand “mgig” switches which allow more internet traffic to go through the network, and the college is also in the process of adding more AC type access points. The purpose of these access points is to give students with laptops a better, faster connection.

Last winter, the “UCC_Guest” wireless network was purposely throttled to prevent bandwidth hogging. It still is, but Thomason confirmed she did “up the throughput with 100mb down(download speed) and 40mb up(upload speed).”

Jeremiah Bean, a mechanical engineer major, was impressed with the new Wi-Fi improvements. “It’s been a lot better for schoolwork,” Bean said.

Wayne Jaworski, an associate engineer major, was surprised by the speeds as well. “Last year, it kept failing in the library. Now it is much stronger and more useful,” he said.

If students do not see a change in their networking speeds, “I am willing to consider upping it,” Thomason said.

UCC is not completely finished with their networking revamp but Zeb Packard, network assistant at UCC said “We have a goal of being completely wrapped up in September 2018.”

This later date of completion could be due to a vulnerability in the system. The WPA2 encryption protocol was cracked yesterday, but after pardoning the system, there are no longer any vulnerabilities.

This will not be complete until the new building construction is complete and the existing AP’s are installed in it.

Throughout the past two years of the networking improvements, the “IT portion” as Yoder calls it, has cost a total of $710,703.60 and was funded by the federal Title III grant as well as an Oregon Legislative grant.

UCC summer camps for children to start June 19

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Umpqua Community College is going to be hosting the Roseburg Summer Fun camps for children from first to tenth grade starting on June 19. These camps are set up by UCC’s Coordinator of Personal Enrichment, Candice Van Loon. Van Loon has run the camps by herself for the past two years; however, the camps have been a part of UCC for eight years.

This year, the camps for children grades first through third will include themes of Harry Potter, Frozen, Ninja Warriors, Lil’ Chefs and Wild about Animals. The camps’ morning and afternoon sessions will both cost $109 or a full day price of $199. The Wild about Animal camp will be a full day camp only. Camp morning sessions will start at 9 a.m., and afternoon sessions will start at 1:15 p.m.. Each different themed camp will last three days and will be on different dates throughout June and July. If parents need their children cared for before camp activities start, child care will be provided before the camp from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., according to umpqua.edu.

For children grades four through five, camp themes will include Culinary Creations, Fantastic Fiction, Legobots Mindstorms EV3, Ringobots and Wild about Animals. Culinary Creation and Fantastic Fiction will include both morning and afternoon sessions. The other camps including Legobots Mindstorms EV3, Ringobots and Wild about Animals will only be full day camps.

Grades six through 10 will have camp themes of Bots and Drones, Career Academy, Choppin’ it, Legobots Mindstorms EV3 and Outdoor Adventures. Career Academy will cost $89 for morning or afternoon sessions and a full day will cost $169. Bots and Drones will be from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Outdoor Adventures, what Van Loon calls an “all day field trip,” will start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.

If people have any other questions regarding the Roseburg Summer Fun camps, go to umpqua.edu/roseburg-summer-fun.

The Oregon Promise’s future

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The Oregon Promise is a state sponsored scholarship awarded to high school graduates planning on spending the next two years or less studying at a community college. According to Rebecca Redell, Umpqua Community College’s vice president of administrative services and chief financial officer, UCC has 222 students who earned the Oregon Promise scholarship this year.

The Oregon Promise program requires being a recent Oregon graduate of no more than six months with a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Applicants must be an Oregon resident for at least one year prior to applying and must complete a Free Application For Student Aid, often referred to as the FAFSA. The scholarship also requires applicants to not have more that 90 college credits.

Recipients of the award last year were recently sent an email showing they were being considered for a renewal of the grant. An email from info@oregonpromise.org stated that “funding for the Oregon Promise program for 2017-18 depends on the approval of the Oregon Legislative.” UCC President Debra Thatcher at a Dialogue with Deb forum said that the Oregon Promise was three million dollars short for spring term due to not being funded adequately; however, she expects funding to be continuing.

If the legislation does pass as expected, accepted students will be granted the Oregon Promise, receiving coverage of most community college tuition.

For prior recipients of the Oregon Promise, there are still requirements for a renewal. Prior recipients must have completed the first-year experience at their community college, maintained satisfactory progress determined by their school and must still be enrolled for a minimum of six credits per term.

If students do qualify for a renewal, they will be notified in August of 2017 from OSAC. “Check your emails frequently for updates,” the email stated.

Students who want to apply have until five p.m. on July 3 to submit their applications and submit a transcript from either a community college or high school. The deadline for completing the accompanying FAFSA is July 14. Oregon Promise applications can be found by accessing their OSAC student portal online (search for Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion)  People wanting assistance in applying for the Oregon Promise can visit the UCC student center lobby and ask at the help desk for a financial aid employee or a peer mentor. Summer hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

The OSAC’s mission is “to expand opportunities for Oregonians to complete their higher education and career training goals through information, mentoring, and financial aid,” according to the Office of Student Access and Completion.

 

SOU alumni signs with UCC

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When your role model is one of the top 50 winningest high school coaches of all time, and when that role model honors you with a scholarship, you want to make that man proud as you follow in his legacy.

New UCC wrestling coach Kyle Temple, a graduate of Sweet Home High School, is following Norm Davis, his role model, in his career decision to build a legacy. Davis was a wrestling coach at Sweet Home High School for 30 years. After those 30 years, Davis was honored in 1997 by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with their Lifetime Service to Wrestling award for the Oregon chapter.

During Temple’s junior year of high school, coach Davis passed away due to cancer, and a scholarship was formed in his name. In Temple’s senior year of high school, Temple was awarded the Norm Davis Memorial Scholarship.

“To this day I keep it up on my classroom walls. I don’t care a whole lot about my personal accolades in high school or college. I care that I was considered for an award that honored the legacy of such an outstanding individual, and I want to make him proud and follow in his legacy,” Temple said.

Coach Temple is certainly following Davis in his career decision. It was announced back in April that Temple will coach the RiverHawks’ Men’s wrestling team.

Temple has 12 years of coaching experience in wrestling. He is also currently the Cottage Grove High School girl’s golf coach. Temple additionally coached middle school football and is the junior level age director for the Oregon Wrestling Association. “For that role, I coach some of the best wrestlers in high school in Oregon at regional and national level tournaments,” Temple said.

Coaching the best high school wrestlers on the national stage gives Temple a lot of experience for UCC’s brand new program.

Temple was also head wrestling coach at Sprague High School, Stayton High School and Cottage Grove High School as well as the assistant wrestling coach at Sweet Home High School.

Temple’s introduction to wrestling was a little different than other wrestlers. He began wrestling in a mat club, but he hated it. He said to himself that he would never do it again. But in middle school, all of his friends wrestled. “Honestly it was peer pressure. I didn’t want to wrestle, but I wanted to do what all of my friends were doing. The individual aspect of the sport really connected with me,” Temple said. That was when Temple saw what wrestling has to offer and accepted it.

Temple went on to wrestle in middle and in high school and then wrestled and studied at Southern Oregon University for five years (redshirting his freshman year).

Wrestlers who will compete for Temple should be willing to accept a lot of running and weightlifting. There will also be some tumbling and yoga. Temple stated, “You have to be in great shape, strong, limber, and know how to control your body in order to be successful at wrestling. Our practices will be intense and raise the temperature of the workout room. We will work hard, and we will work smart. We will focus on the individual to better the team.”

In his first season coaching for UCC wrestling, Temple stated that all seven out of his seven recruits have decided to wrestle for UCC. Temple anticipates by the end of May to have the full 30 wrestlers to fill all ten weight classes.

UCC will be a part of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Temple stated that UCC will participate in region 18, competing against Southwestern Oregon Community College, Clackamas Community College, Highline Community College and North Idaho College.

It will be a challenging league. “Wrestlers will need to place third or higher to advance to the national tournament,” Temple said.

The NJCAA’s mission is “to foster a national program of athletic participation in an environment that supports equitable opportunities consistent with the educational objectives of member colleges.” The NJCAA consists of 24 different regions with participating teams in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, the half-marathon, ice hockey, lacrosse, softball, swimming, diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.

Former USA wrestler signs with the RiverHawks

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    Asia DeWeese, UCC’s new wrestling coach, is recruiting a new women’s wrestling team to start practice fall term of 2017. Sam Homola / The Mainstream

The year is 1989. The United States’ women’s wrestling team is competing for the first time at the world championships in Switzerland. Asia DeWeese, UCC’s new wrestling coach, is there earning what she calls “my greatest achievement.”

“I was part of the first women’s national team that went to world championships,” DeWeese says.  In a time when “USA wrestling didn’t want us” and when their team “didn’t get any money,” she and her teammates were competing against the odds. In spite of the odds, coach DeWeese won second at the 1989 world championships, her biggest wrestling accolade.

DeWeese wasn’t always respected, however. When she was younger, DeWeese was faced with constant pushback from others for simply being a female wrestler. “People would call my mom’s house and ask her, ‘How can you let your daughter wrestle?’ Now it is very positive. Sometimes people look at me and go ‘You wrestle?’ But primarily I think what I get these days is positive.”

DeWeese took ownership of the new women’s wrestling team on April 4. She has started recruiting, and the team will start practicing  in fall term 2017.  With this new team, DeWeese stated that she is excited to coach.

Having a brand new team can be both exciting and challenging. “Oregon has five women (wrestling) seniors graduating. That is about it. Recruiting for me is a lot harder because I have to recruit primarily out of state,” DeWeese said.

With seven years of coaching experience and eight years on the mat, DeWeese has a combined 15 years of wrestling experience. She coached the Oregon Women’s Team, the best female high school wrestlers competing nationally. She briefly coached for South Eugene High School before coming to Douglas County to help coach the Roseburg Mat Club and the Joseph Lane Middle School team.

Female wrestlers competing for DeWeese can expect a substantive focus on weight lifting and cardio in addition to the obvious wrestling practices. They can also expect to feel part of a team in an individual sport. “One of the things I have learned through the Roseburg Mat Club is that it is an amazing atmosphere where you have people from all different levels and all different ages that really feel like part of the team, even though wrestling is an individual sport. There is very much of that team compatibility and assistance with one another, and I hope to build that in our program,” DeWeese said.

UCC’s women’s team will compete in international freestyle while the men’s program compete in collegiate or folkstyle. Folkstyle wrestling and freestyle are both very similar; one of the main differences, according to Team USA, is “folkstyle wrestling puts more emphasis on controlling your opponent, while freestyle puts more emphasis on exposure points.”

Any students interested in UCC’s new wrestling program can go to UCC’s sports website to see who the new wrestling recruits will be and learn about the sports as well as ways to sign up. See uccriverhawks.com.

“USA wrestling didn’t want us” —Asia DeWeese, UCC women’s wrestling coach

The madness is coming soon

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Staff shares their March Madness picks

The single largest college basketball tournament known as March Madness is almost among us. This is the tournament where, literally, anything can happen.

From a broken leg mid play, to an amazing upset at the final buzzer, March Madness is one of the most exciting sports events in the country. Multiple professionals along with 40 million amateurs will attempt to choose which team is the best of the best.

In my opinion, the Oregon Ducks are this year’s best of the best. With only four losses and the Pac-12 player of the year, Dillon Brooks, the Ducks look like the best contender this year. Yes, Lonzo Ball for the UCLA Bruins is an amazing freshman, but the spotlight on Ball during the tournament can be very bright. This is Lonzo’s first tournament and that can be a lot of pressure on the 19-year-old.

Personally, I believe that Oregon will win the tournament due to

not relying on an all star player. Oregon has five returning players who were in last year’s tournament. Of the 14 players for Oregon, only four of them are underclassmen while UCLA has eight underclassmen out of 15 total players. This gives Oregon an advantage with more experienced players.

Oregon is now 3-1 against the ranked top 25 teams while UCLA is 3-2. If these teams were to meet, it would be a best of three contest with the winner going even further into the tournament.

Oregon’s Chris Boucher leads the Pac-12 in blocks with 2.6 per game. Jordan Bell, in fourth place, has had 2.1 blocks per game. Bell

and UCLA’s TJ Leaf are tied first in the conference for a field goal percentage of 63 percent.

All of this talk is a bit controversial, but I believe that a Pac-12

school will win the tournament this year. Whether it is Oregon,

UCLA or even Arizona, this year’s tournament is going to be

just as exciting as the others before it.

In the history of March Madness, Oregon has only

won one National Championship in 1939 while UCLA

has won 11, the most recent being in 1995.

As the tournament begins, Pac-12 fans will be

hoping that their teams will bring the

championship home.

 

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