Kamikaze Kids

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The Kamikaze Kids were the Oregon Ducks men's basketball teams of 1971 to 1978.[1][2] The teams were coached by Dick Harter until his departure in 1978. Harter hated the Ducks moniker and insisted that any media and public relations material refer to his teams only by the Kamikaze Kids.[2] The Kamikaze Kids were known for their swarming defense that lead to two upsets of #1 UCLA. This era of Ducks basketball is often credited with starting the Mac Court reputation that carried on until the stadium's closure in 2011.[1] Legendary Ducks players Ernie Kent, Stu Jackson, Ron Lee, and Greg Ballard all played during the Kamikaze Kids era.[3] Kent, who graduated in 1977, would go on to coach the Ducks from 1997 to 2010.[4] During the Kamikaze Kids era the Ducks had two 20 win seasons and would play in three consecutive NITs including the 1974–75 season where the Ducks made it to the NIT semifinals ultimately finishing in third place.[5]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
University of Oregon (Pac-8 Conference) (1971–1978)
1971–72 Oregon 6–20 0–14
1972–73 Oregon 16–10 8–6
1973–74 Oregon 15–11 9–5
1974–75 Oregon 21–9 6–8 NIT
1975–76 Oregon 19–11 10–4 NIT
1976–77 Oregon 19–10 9–5 NIT
1977–78 Oregon 16–11 6–8
Oregon: 112–82 48–50

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b "McArthur Court memories". Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  2. ^ a b "The Duck". Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  3. ^ "Former Duck stars' numbers head for rafters". Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  4. ^ "Ernie Kent profile at Oregon Ducks athletic site". Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  5. ^ "Kent raises Ducks from forgotten decades". USA Today. 2002-03-15. Retrieved 2010-12-23.