LAS VEGAS -- Dana Altman sensed the tension the moment he stepped on the airplane.
Hours earlier, his Oregon basketball squad had squandered its chance at a Pac-12 title by losing a road game to Utah -- the league's 10th-place team -- in the regular-season finale. Most of the Ducks were slumped in their seats when Altman boarded the flight that would take them from Salt Lake City to Eugene.
Eye contact was avoided.
No one spoke.
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