EUGENE — It’s been an eventful week for Oregon basketball even without a game.
The Ducks (14-2 overall, 3-0 in the Pac-12) moved into the national rankings for the first time in six seasons and also found out that their next game will be against a coach in his first week of being in charge of a college team.
In the polls, Oregon’s victory over Arizona, previously ranked No. 4 in the country, followed by a triumph over Arizona State, propelled the Ducks to No. 21 in The Associated Press voting by the media.
Oregon’s last national ranking came in the polls of Dec. 17, 2007, when the Ducks were No. 23 in the AP poll, but then fell out after a loss to Oakland.
Before Oregon takes on UCLA on Saturday, there is a game tonight at USC (8 p.m., ESPNU), which on Monday announced that fourth-year coach Kevin O’Neill had been fired and replaced by Bob Cantu, the associate head coach of the Trojans.
— Eugene Register-Guard