NCAA: Oregon, Worst Odds Among #1 Seeds, Out to Discredit Doubters


NCAA: Oregon, Worst Odds Among #1 Seeds, Out to Discredit Doubters

Oregon, which shot 51.6 percent from the field, featured the scoring of Dorsey, Cook, guard Dillon Brooks (18 points) and forwards Chris Boucher (15). Posting its third-straight 20-win campaign and 10th in 12 years, ASU also hosts No. 7-seed Tennessee (19-13), the only team in the field to have made every NCAA Tournament, and No. 10-seed Green Bay (28-4) in the opening round. "In a Utah book, I want to say this is a chapter that will be one of the top chapters in this book". OR is incredibly athletic, and everybody has fit nicely into their roles, so they are in a prime position to make a deep run.

The Superbook now lists OR at 15-to-1 odds, equal with Kentucky to win the tournament.

The Ducks won the two regular-season meetings easily, including a 10-point victory in Salt Lake City.

OR was at its passing-lane-jumping disruptive best in the first half of the title game, flustering the Utes into a string of mistakes. The Ducks have four starters averaging double-digit points, giving them a balanced offense that scored the fifth most points per 100 possessions (119.3). "Looking back it wasn't just me though".

Utah forward Jakob Poeltl (42) dunks in front of OR guard Tyler Dorsey (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Pac-12 men's tournament Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Las Vegas.

The Case Against: If you're a believer of the old saying, "You're only as good as your last game", then Utah has left a bad taste in your mouth ever since its 31-point shellacking in the Pac-12 title game against OR on Saturday. OR big man Chris Boucher has been approved by the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility.

My feathered friends ... it is rare enough for our mens basketball team to win a conference regular season championship, as this is only the second time since World War II. On Feb. 7, the Utes made the return trip to Eugene, and OR won 76-66. That changed Saturday when, less than 24 hours after surviving an overtime game against the Wildcats in the semifinals, the Ducks dominated No. 12 Utah in Saturday's conference tournament final, 88-57.

"He worked hard in the offseason before got hurt on his offensive game and he has been more aggressive", Altman said. The Ducks' reputation has risen significantly in the second half of the season, with only two losses - back-to-back on the road to Cal and Stanford - since January 17. They held up through the conference tournament, setting up a matchup worthy of a neon marquee on the Strip.

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NCAA: Oregon, Worst Odds Among #1 Seeds, Out to Discredit Doubters

"It's fun to have the Beavers go dancing again", Oregon State guard Gary Payton II said.

The second half didn't look anything different.

OR took off initially and jumped out to an early 8-2 lead but Utah kept its poise and the game looked as though it might continue the trend of a close, tight game.

Poeltl hit 4 of 6 shots, but was limited to four rebounds and had five turnovers. "It's going to be a challenge for us, for sure". They will learn their NCAA opponent and destination on Sunday.

This is a big win for the Ducks heading into the NCAA Tournament; they have the potential to go all the way to the Final Four or further if they play the way they played against the Utes.

Baylor (22-11) opens with a potentially-difficult game in Providence, Rhode Island, facing Ivy League champion Yale (22-6), which is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1962, despite the dismissal of team captain Jack Montague.

After that, the Sooners may face some familiar foes, with three other Big 12 teams and former Big 12 member Texas A&M playing in the West Region.



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