It has been nearly five years since the Oregon Ducks basketball team was last ranked in the AP top-25. Not since the days of Ernie Kent, Marty Leunen and Malik Hairston have the Ducks been deemed good enough to be considered one of the country's top teams.
There have been a few bright spots in the abysmal five-year stretch, but an overall record of 87-81 (38-52) and a football program that has been flourishing over that same period has made basketball an afterthought in Eugene.
It's time to start paying attention to the Ducks' basketball team again.
The Ducks are off to a 5-1 start and are coming off a very successful appearance in the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas this past weekend. The Ducks were able to take on two ranked teams during the tournament, upsetting #18 UNLV on Friday night before falling to #22 Cincinnati on Saturday.
The good showing in Vegas confirmed what those who had been following the Ducks season thus far already suspected; the Ducks have...