But after a tough loss last night in the first round of the Pac 12 tournament, the reality is the Ducks may have left their tournament fate in the hands of the NCAA selection committee.
"We needed to win that game and we didn't," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "We'll see what happens," he added. What happens next is anybody's guess, but they're probably headed to the NIT.
They have nobody to blame for that but themselves.
The fact is, Oregon has a weak s.o.s., and by not winning many games vs. top 50 teams (don't have the stat in front of me but I think they're 1-8) they didn't win the games they needed to, including last night against Colorado, where they fell short, 63-62.
I hate to say this but, if you look at it objectionally they probably don't deserve to be apart of March madness. BUT I'LL ASK YOU: after last night, does Oregon belong in the NIT or NCAA?