Ducks Release 2011-12 Schedule

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon men's basketball team has announced its 2011-12 schedule which features 18 regular-season home games at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. Of the Ducks' 23 opponents, 11 competed in postseason play a year ago.

Six of the opponents participated in the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, while another five took part in the postseason National Invitation Tournament. In addition to the Pac-12 Conference schools on the schedule, UO will battle teams from 11 different conferences: SEC, Big Sky, Ohio Valley, Big Ten, Conference-USA, West Coast, WAC! , ACC, SWAC, MEAC and Southland.

Oregon will host exhibition games against Grand Canyon State on Nov. 2 and Lewis and Clark on Nov. 6. The Ducks open the regular season at Vanderbilt on Nov. 11, before returning home for a pair of games against Eastern Washington (Nov. 17) and Southeast Missouri State (Nov. 20).

UO's next three opponents are coming off postseason appearances. Oregon is on the road Nov. 23 to face Big Ten-newcomer Nebraska, before returning to Eugene for a home game with UTEP on Nov. 29. UO then travels to Salt Lake City, Utah, to face BYU in a neutral-site game at EnergySolutions Arena on Dec. 3.

Following that stretch, UO will have a six-game home stand starting with Fresno State (Dec. 10), Portland State (Dec. 12) and Virginia (Dec. 18). Oregon will then host the Global Sports Hoops Showcase at Matt Arena, a four-team tournament featuring games against North Carolina Central (Dec. 20), Prairie View A&M (Dec. 21) and Stephen F. Austin (Dec. 22).

Following the holiday break, the inaugural Pac-12 Conference season will commence with games against Washington State (Dec. 29) and at Washington (Dec. 31). The Ducks-Cougars contest is a neutral-site game scheduled for Spokane Arena.

The first home Pac w)??12 games feature Stanford (Jan. 5) and California (Jan. 8). The Ducks are then back on the road to take on Arizona State (Jan. 12) and Arizona (Jan. 14). Following that southern swing, the Ducks play three consecutive home league games, USC (Jan. 19), UCLA (Jan. 21) and Oregon State (Jan. 29).

Oregon makes its first conference trips to Utah (Feb. 2) and Colorado (Feb. 4) in early February, before Washington (Feb. 9) and Washington State (Feb. 11) make their return trips to Eugene. The Ducks will then play three consecutive on the road with contests at California (Feb. 16), Stanford (Feb. 19) and Oregon State (Feb. 26).

Colorado (March 1) and Utah (March 3) make their first trip! s to Eugene as league members in the final week of regular-season play.

The Pac-12 Conference Tournament will be held March 7-10 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

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