UO basketball teams speak on coronavirus impact

Men's head coach Dana Altman and women's head coach Kelly Graves give their reactions on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and how its affected sports in Eugene.

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 7:17 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2020 9:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon men's basketball coach Dana Altman and women's head coach Kelly Graves addressed the media on Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic that is impacting the country. 

Both teams had the rest of its postseasons cut short after the NCAA canceled remaining winter and spring sports championships due to the public health risk of COVID-19. 

Graves found comfort knowing the his team ended the season by winning the Pac-12 regular season and tournament title.

"I think we were the best team in the country," Graves said. "I think we were a team that was playing as well, if not better, than anybody. We obviously had a mission. We had a reason to really want to get this done. It's unfortunate that that's taken away but certainly won't, in the long run, take away from all the great memories that we had and the things that we accomplished."

Oregon men's basketball senior guard Payton Pritchard also spoke with media about his season being cut short.

"I really felt like this team, and especially for my last year, we had a chance to do something special," Pritchard said.

Pritchard also discussed the possibility of the NCAA releasing a full bracket to recognize each team.

"I think for us players and coaches it would've been interesting, maybe the idea of it, just to see the matchups," Pritchard said. "At the end of day we don't get to play it as players."

UO Athletics canceled all team activities through March 29. 

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