In his third season as the Oregon coach, Altman has built a consistently improving program since taking over for the Ducks' all-time winningest coach, Ernie Kent. The Ducks have gone from the pay-to-play College Basketball Invitational (which they won by beating Creighton in the final series) to the National Invitation Tournament (reaching the quarterfinals) to, now, the program's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2008.
The 12th-seeded Ducks (26-8) will play No. 5 Oklahoma State (24-8) in a first-round NCAA Tournament matchup Thursday afternoon in San Jose, Calif.
How did the Ducks get back here?
In short, it's been a day-in, day-out grind. And that's just how Altman likes it.
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