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Sunday, March 7, 2010
Ernie Kent predicts NCAA tournament bid

By Diamond Leung

Oregon coach Ernie Kent might lose his job in the coming days, assuming the widespread reports he won't comment on are true, but apparently he thinks his team still has something left.

An emotional Kent said at today's team awards banquet that the Ducks will win the Pac-10 tournament, according to The Register-Guard.

There were a couple of other times when Kent had to pause to gather himself when he was speaking to the 200 people in attendance. He made no specific mention of his uncertain job status, but rather emphasized the fact he feels his team has “a lot more” basketball to play.

He predicted the Ducks will win the Pac-10 tournament, which would earn Oregon a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Beyond that, Oregon officials confirmed that paperwork has been submitted to the NIT with the intent of receiving an invitation.

Unfortunately for the Ducks, tiebreakers leave them as the No. 8 seed in the conference tournament, and they'll need a win against last-place Washinton State just to get a quarterfinal game against top-seeded Cal.

Anything goes this year in the Pac-10, but could it be possible that a lame duck with two Elite Eights on his resume would get the last laugh?