Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 2/23/12
Five years ago, an Oregon Ducks basketball squad rumbled through the Pac-10 tournament unscathed, untouched and unstoppable en route to its second conference championship in program history. Now, the Ducks are in somewhat similar territory: in need of a tournament sweep to go dancing in March. At 19-8, Oregon doesn't turn many experts' heads for an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament, if at all. The Ducks have pocketed a few quality wins, but they still find themselves on the bubble, on the outside looking in, hoping for a sudden burst of energy that could trigger a streak like that of 2007. The foundation is there for Oregon, which has won four of the last six games, although the Ducks could have gone 6-for-6 if not for narrow losses to Colorado and Cal along the way. Either way, the next few weeks will decide Oregon's fate. A loss in any of the final three regular-season games or an early exit from the Pac-12 tournament could strike down the Ducks' hopes at an invite to March...
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