Oregon men’s basketball cracks Top 10 after sweep of Washington schools

Jonathan Loyd celebrates after nailing a three-pointer right before the first half buzzer against Vanderbilt November 16, 2012. (Alex McDougall/Emerald)

Jonathan Loyd celebrates after nailing a three-pointer right before the first half buzzer against Vanderbilt November 16, 2012. (Alex McDougall/Emerald)

Posted by Isaac Rosenthal on Monday, Jan. 28 at 10:52 am.

It was a rough week to have a target on your back in college basketball, with many of the Top 25 schools dropping a game or two over the weekend and falling in the AP Top 25, but Dana Altman’s squad avoided a slip-up and surged forward six slots in the poll to tenth after a sweep of the Washington schools.

It’s the third straight week the Ducks have been ranked, and it’s the first time the Ducks have been in the Top 10 since the Elite Eight run of 2007.

Arizona remains the only other Pac-12 school in the Top 25, sitting two spots ahead of the Ducks at No. 8 — even though the Wildcats two losses came to Oregon and a UCLA team that Oregon beat.

UCLA and Arizona State are both on the outside looking in, but did receive some attention from voters.