Oregon was the Pac-12’s preseason favorite, yet didn’t play like it by means of a lot of the season. The Ducks have been inconsistent, misplaced their star freshman, had some ugly losses.
After four days of dominating protection, the Geese are going dancing once more.
Sparked by do-every part point guard Payton Pritchard, Oregon shut down Washington sixty eight-forty eight Saturday night time to turn out to be the second staff to win 4 video games in four days on the Pac-12 event.
“In my 39 years in coaching, I’ve never seen a staff grow up that much that fast,” Oregon coach Dana Altman stated.
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The Geese (23-12) had some darkish days in the course of the common season, notably a home loss to Texas Southern and an epic meltdown at house towards UCLA. Freshman Bol Bol also went down with a season-ending foot damage, leaving Oregon with out one in every of its greatest gamers.
As an alternative of enjoying because the favorites, the Geese arrived in Las Vegas needing to win 4 video games in four days to clinch an NCAA Event berth.
Sparked by a lineup change late in the common season, Oregon was clearly the perfect workforce on the ground all four days in Sin Metropolis, returning the NCAA Event after lacking the sector of sixty eight a last season.