It's common for fans, players and coaches in college basketball to use the term "up-and-down" season when referring to a team that had its fair share of head-scratching wins and losses. But the Oregon Ducks 2013-2014 campaign really defines the phrase. The Ducks won their first 13 games of the season, shooting all the way up to No. 10 in the rankings. They then lost eight of their next 10 games, falling to 3-8 in Pac-12 play. Eight wins later, including one huge triumph over No. 3 Arizona, the Ducks found themselves with a winning record in-conference and an NCAA Tournament berth.
Today, head coach Dana Altman sent out an email to Ducks fans and students, thanking them for sticking with them in a tumultuous season.
— Oregon Pit Crew (@OregonPitCrew)
— Oregon Pit Crew (@OregonPitCrew) April 21, 2014
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It was the second straight NCAA Tournament appearance for Oregon, which has now employed Altman as coach for the past four years. Perhaps next season will see the school get over the hump and reach the Final Four - the Ducks haven't played in the sport's final weekend since 1939.