Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year

The pre-season prognosticators figured Oregon would be the eighth place finisher for the 2014-15 season, but must have forgot to check with Oregon's Dana Altman. On Monday, Altman was honored by being named the John R. Wooden Coach of the Year, after his team finished tied for second place in the conference race with a 23-8 overall record and 13-5 in the conference race.

Dana Altman is his fifth season as the Ducks headman and this season marks the fifth straight year that Oregon has won at least 20 games during the year. Alman's team will play on Thursday in the Pac-12 Tournament at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, against the winner of Wednesday night's game between Colorado and Oregon State.

Altman's team won its last 11-of-13 games this season finishing a a five-game win streak to head into the tournament as one of the hottest teams in college basketball. Utilizing a strong defense and relying on a high scoring offense (72.0 ppg) Altman's team, though not as physically imposing as other teams in the league still scraped hard to win games both at home and on the road.

Today's honor is the second in three years (2013, 2015) for Altman and only the fourth time and Oregon coach has been so honored by the conference. Ernie Kent was the Coach of the Year in 2002 and Dick Harter (1977) were the only other Oregon coaches honored by the conference.

Oregon's next game on Thursday will be carried live on the Pac-12 Networks with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. Pacific.

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