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Villanova Basketball Opponent Capsule: Oregon Ducks

We continue our exploration and introduction of Villanova's 2014-15 opponents. Up next, the Oregon Ducks.

Mike McGinnis

Depending on the results of the semifinals of the Legends Classic, the Villanova Wildcats may or may not play Oregon.

Last Season: The Ducks are coming off a successful season, finishing 24-10 and 10-8 in the conference.  Oregon secured a 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament last year and defeated BYU in the first round before losing to Wisconsin in the round of 32.

Last Meeting: It has been forty years since these two teams last faced off.  On December 23, 1974, the two teams faced off in Oregon.  The Ducks won in a 116-77 rout.

All-time record: Villanova and Oregon are tied at 1-1.

Head Coach: Dana Altman is the head coach of Oregon, and is currently in his fourth season with the team.  Altman has been the face of a program on the rise, leading his team to four consecutive 20-win season and four NCAA Tournament appearances.  He was named the 2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year and the 2013 National Jim Phelan Coach of the Year.

Top Returners: The most critical returner for Oregon is guard Joseph Young. An attacking 6'2" scoring guard, Young averaged a team high 18.6 ppg on 48% shooting from the field and 42% from three point range.  The Houston native is currently a senior and will be ready to step into the spotlight as a leader of this team.

Key Losses: The biggest loss for the Ducks is forward Mike Moser.  The versatile forward had an impressive showing with the Boston Celtics during the Orlando Summer League before signing a one-year deal in Lithuania.  The team will also miss top assist man Johnathan Loyd.

Key Additions:  Coach Altman and the Ducks seem to have found an idea successor to Young who will be able to contribute this year.  Illinois' own JaQuan Lyle is a four-star recruit from Huntington Prep.  Lyle can play both on and off the ball, making his pairing with Young ideal for this season. However Lyle's status is in flux after he was removed from the roster, with sources indicating that he had not been admitted to the university. The news followed another admissions denial in freshman forward Ray Kasongo, who is now at the College of Southern Idaho.