Ore­gon gives Alt­man ex­ten­sion

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Ore­gon re­warded coach Dana Alt­man with a new seven-year con­tract worth $18.45 mil­lion.

Alt­man, who has led the Ducks to four con­sec­u­tive NCAA tour­na­ment ap­pear­ances, agreed to a deal that runs through the 2022-23 cam­paign.

“Dana is one of the top coaches in the coun­try and has quickly built an elite pro­gram,” Ore­gon ath­letic direc­tor Rob Mul­lens said Fri­day in a state­ment. “We are ex­cited about the present and fu­ture of our pro­gram un­der Dana’s leadership.”

Alt­man led Ore­gon to the Elite Eight last sea­son, took the Ducks to the Sweet 16 in 2013 and has a team this year that is fa­vored to win the Pac-12. He has won at least 20 games in all six of his sea­sons in Eu­gene while com­pil­ing a 156-64 record. No. 18 UConn up­set: Mike Aa­man and Romone Saun­ders scored 15 points each to lead Wag­ner to a 67-58 up­set of No. 18 UConn in the sea­son opener for both teams.

Corey Hen­son added 10 points for the Sea­hawks, who handed the Huskies their first loss in a home opener on cam­pus. UConn came in 27-0 in such games. Lon­don el­i­gi­ble: Chat­tanooga for­ward and Xavier trans­fer Makinde Lon­don re­ceived a waiver from the NCAA al­low­ing him to play im­me­di­ately for his new school rather than sit­ting out the 2016-17 sea­son.

Lon­don, a 6- foot-10 sopho­more, av­er­aged 1.6 points, 1.3 re­bounds and 5.3 min­utes for Xavier last sea­son af­ter red­shirt­ing in 2014-15. He was rated as a top-100 prospect by mul­ti­ple re­cruit­ing ser­vices when he ar­rived at Xavier. Gak good to go: Florida fresh­man cen­ter Gor­jok Gak was ruled el­i­gi­ble and was avail­able for the Ga­tors’ sea­son opener Fri­day night against Florida Gulf Coast in Jacksonville, Fla.

The NCAA had ruled dur­ing the sum­mer that the 6-foot-11 Gak was in­el­i­gi­ble due to ques­tions about the num­ber of games he played at Vic­tory Rock Prep in Braden­ton, Fla., af­ter ar­riv­ing from Aus­tralia.

The uni­ver­sity’s com­pli­ance of­fice ap­pealed and a waiver restor­ing Gak’s el­i­gi­bil­ity was granted.

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