Ducks beat Huskies to cap run to Pac-12 title

Ducks beat Huskies to cap run to Pac-12 title

Bol Bol went down nine games into a season that was supposed to have OR competing for a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament, which led to the Ducks relying on their other heralded recruits, who struggled throughout much of the year.

"In my 39 years in coaching, I've never seen a team grow up that much that fast", OR coach Dana Altman said.

The Oregon Ducks are headed to San Jose, California to face Wisconsin at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Pritchard led the charge up top with four steals and Kenny Wooten did his damage on the back line, blocking four shots while changing several others. Here is a brief recap of each team's season and how they could match up with the Badgers.

The Ducks have caught fire and are riding on a unsafe eight-game winning streak. Washington is the No. 9 seed in the midwest region playing No. 8 seed Utah State (26-8) in Columbus, Ohio on Friday.

Payton Prichard topped the Ducks with 20 points, six boards and seven helpers while Louis King tossed in 15 points with three yanks. Over the past eight games, OR is outscoring its opponents 72 to 54, while holding its opposition to 34.6 percent from the floor and 23.1 percent from 3-point range.

The victor will face No. 4 seed Kansas State (25-8) or No. 13 UC Irvine (30-5) in the second round. But behind fantastic play from their top three scorers-in addition to some help from key reserves like Miles Norris and Ehab Amin-they were able to get it done. The last time OR did that was early in the 1982-83 season: Rutgers (53), San Diego State (49), St. Olaf (39), Montana State (55), Idaho (56) and Lamar (41). We got to attack it when it's there. "So I think we've got to focus on becoming great in the NCAA tournament, and make a run at this thing".

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No one has won more Pac-12 Tournament games in Las Vegas than Oregon.

The Huskies had one fewer game after clinching a first-round bye, beating USC and Colorado by five points each.

The Ducks' disruptive D caused problems early in the title game. It'll be hard to win this matchup without Bol Bol, but OR has confidence from its conference tournament run, and Altman is one of the best coaches in the game.

The Oregon Ducks went 1-2 over the weekend against Washington. OR led 28-26 at halftime. Defense has provided the impetus for Oregon's turnaround. And they also have shooters that can hurt the zone. King scored seven consecutive points to start a 14-0 run for a 44-28 advantage with 10:28 to go, and OR was not challenged after that. The Ducks will roll into the NCAA Tournament as one of the bracket's hottest teams.

UW and OR have a recent history in the NCAA tournament.

Washington ran into a buzz saw in the title game and will have to wait out Selection Sunday to see if its resume stacks up well enough.

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