INDIANAPOLIS – Contrary to popular belief, Oregon does have some basketball pedigree.
The Ducks dusted it off and brought it here to the Midwest Regional as proof.
Mike Garabedian of the Ducks sports information staff was toting the tarnished talisman of glory days past on Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was the dull bronze trophy from the very first NCAA tournament championship in 1939 – won by the Tall Firs of Oregon.
The basketball figure at the top is broken at the ankles – a casualty dating back to when the trophy was dropped about two days after it was won. You can see the super glue they've used to try and cement the little set shooter back into his high tops, but it doesn't hold too well.
Eventually the relic will be stowed in a place of honor in Matthew Knight Arena, Oregon's swank basketball gym. A nice trophy case is being planned. But for now, it is road-tripping with the Ducks – to San Jose last week, Indy this week – despite the danger of itRead More »from In a Midwest Regional filled with college basketball's bluebloods, Oregon looks green