Ducks Projected 5th in Pac-12

The Pac-12 held men's basketball media day on Friday and Coach Dana Altman heading into his second season has reason to be feeling much better about the prospects of the upcoming season. Last year, his team was considered to be at the bottom of the barrel of the old Pac-10 conference, but the scrappy Ducks finished with 21 wins.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks coach Dana Altman at Pac-12 media day at The Conga Room at L.A. Live. Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

This season the Ducks are projected to finish fifth in the conference according to a Pac-12 Media Poll released Friday.

UCLA was selected as most likely to win the conference championship followed by California, Arizona, Washington and Oregon.

The season gets underway on November 2nd, with an exhibition game with Grand Canyon College at Matthew Knight Arena, with tip off scheduled for 7 p.m. The regular season starts on the road in Memphis, Tenn., on November. 11, when the Ducks take on Vanderbilt. The first regular season home game is on Nov. 17, against Eastern Washington. The first conference game is against Stanford on Jan. 5, 2012.

The Ducks have 20 home games (including two exhibition games.) Altman believes that the new arena is a great place to play and watch games.

"It's got a great feel to it," Altman told Scout.com. "It is a fan-friendly environment."

When asked if he has a favorite uniform combination, Altman was clear he likes one color in particular.

"Anything that has yellow to it, I'm kind of partial to," admited Oregon's headman.


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