Oregon plays St. Joseph's on Sunday

SPOKANE, WASH. -- Oregon assistant coach Kevin McKenna has spent a lot of time developing young basketball talent over his 25 years plus in the coaching business. He also knows what it takes to be a champion as he played on the 1982 Las Angeles Lakers that won the NBA crown that year.

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE This year, McKenna and his boss Dana Altman may just have the right combination to win it all, talent and young players willing to buy into what the coaches are selling.

The Ducks are set to advance on in the NCAA tournament on Sunday night when they take on the Hawks of St. Joseph’s in a 6:40 p.m. Pacific game that will be carried on TBS. Should Oregon win that game, they will move on to the Sweet-16 in Anaheim next week, but first they have to take care of business in Spokane.

“We’re going to stick to our game plan and play the game we play,” said McKenna of the upcoming match up with St. Joe’s. “It’s been successful so far.”

The Ducks are a team that likes to attack the basket with its athletic players and force teams to either foul or concede the shots. Oregon also wants to increase the pace the cause opponents to work harder and ultimately start making mental mistakes.

The Ducks have several players that could go on to the professional ranks and that is not lost on McKenna.

“I think we’ve got some talented guys who are working their way to that level I hope,” admits McKenna of the Ducks. “They’ve been really working on their game individually and it’s paid off, and they play good team basketball.”

Perhaps that is the real key to the Ducks’ success is playing that “team basketball.” If Oregon is going to be successful, the team will have to perform as one and so far this season, that is what the Ducks have done.

On Sunday night, they’ll have one more opportunity to play as a team and find success.

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