Shooting Hoops: Ducks Basketball Beat Blog

Coming off a 21-18 season and a College Basketball Invitational title, the Oregon men’s basketball team faced lofty expectations entering the 2011-12 campaign. Through 18 games, the fans’ faith has been validated.

The Ducks are 13-5 overall (4-2 Pac-12), including a signature road trip that featured wins over Arizona State and Arizona. The team returns to Matthew Knight Arena this week to play USC and UCLA, before hosting Oregon State in a Civil War showdown on Jan. 29.

The purpose of this blog post is to compile an extensive list of go-to sources for the Oregon basketball fan. The list will provide links to the best spots to read about the team’s competitions, players, and recruiting.

Official Team Site

For news straight from the horse’s mouth, GoDucks.com is the official website of Oregon sports. The site allows fans to access the team’s schedule, roster, and stats. It also includes a digital copy of the team’s media guide, as well as information about its upcoming basketball camps.

Oregon junior Tony Woods converts a layup in an 82-75 exhibition win over Grand Canyon. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Associate Director of Media Services Chris Geraghty posts occasional entries about the team on his “Fastbreak” blog. And the site’s ‘O Heroes’ page gives fans a look at what players are doing in the community.

Traditional Media Outlets

Once the Ducks football season comes to an end, local media outlets turn their attention from the gridiron to the hardwood.

Bob Clark has spent almost 30 years covering the Ducks for the Eugene Register-Guard. He blogs regularly during the season about everything from national polls to game recaps.

The Oregonian covers the team with a reporting cast led by beat writer Lindsay Schnell. Columnist John Canzano occasionally writes about the Ducks in his column or discusses the team on his radio show, The Bald Faced Truth.

The local television stations with the best Oregon basketball coverage are KVAL and KEZI. National outlets include ESPN and CBS Sports.

Recruiting Sites

Fans can learn about the next generation of Oregon stars on recruiting websites like Scout.com and Rivals.com that require paid subscriptions to access most content. ESPN’s Oregon recruiting page provides basic information about recruits for free.

The subscription services provide detailed analysis of players, along with photos, videos and exclusive interviews.

Social and Alternative Media

Fans can follow E.J. Singler, Garrett Sim, Olu Ashaolu, and others on Twitter to get inside scoop straight from their favorite players. GoDucks.com is also on Twitter, along with reporters Lindsay Schnell and John Canzano.

BleacherReport.com is a good alternative media source that features a Ducks twitter feed, interviews with recruits, and sharp multimedia features.

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