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March 2, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Oregon coach Ernie Kent: “This team has a run in it.”

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Oregon coach Ernie Kent (right) believes the Ducks are primed for good things as the regular-season winds to a close this week.
They halted a five-game losing streak by knocking off UCLA and USC in Los Angeles last weekend. The parity in the Pac-10 suggests even the Ducks (14-14, 6-10), which is tied for last place, can ride a hot streak into next week’s conference tournament and win the tourney.
“You try to never give up on players and you try to never give up on teams because you just don’t know when they’re going to get it and when they’re going to come,” Kent said today on the Pac-10 weekly conference call. “And they don’t always come at the paces of coaches or fans or anybody.
“With this team, they’ve been through a lot and they’ve hung in there every day in practice and they come back to battle. I’ve said it and I’ll say it again, this team has a run in it. Maybe this is it? Maybe not? We don’t know, but their character is really good and they’ve allowed us to coach them. It’s a good moment for them to have that success down in LA this weekend.”
Kent hopes to avoid the play-in 8-9 game, but says Oregon has the depth to win four consecutive games next week if all of the players “are on their game.”
Kent said the trip to Washington state at the start of the Pac-10 season was memorable for many reasons.
Oregon captured a controversial season-opening win at Washington State after officials gave the Cougars a questionable technical foul because reserves were on the court with 0.3 seconds left in regulation.
After the game, the Ducks were unable to fly to Seattle because of bad weather and forced to bus across the mountains the next day. Kent said several players slept on the floor of the bus during the ride.
“And then the game in Seattle, in an environment where we’ve not had a lot of success in and that crowd up there, being able to win a game up there and come out of o there, we felt pretty good about ourselves,” Kent said.
Oregon won 90-79, snapping Washington’s 18-game home winning streak.

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