The Oregon Ducks crushed traditional power, the Duke Blue Devils in the West Bracket moving to 31-6 overall. Winning the PAC-12 convincingly and earning a spot in the Elite Eight, the folks from Eugene have flown under the radar. However, the Ducks have certainly proved they are worthy of carrying the No. 1 seed. Oregon may have won the first NCAA Tournament in 1939 but they have not advanced into the Final Four since then. Oregon hopes to break the trend. Standing in their way? The same foe they defeated in 1939 before moving on to the championship game...the Oklahoma Sooners.
Leading the team in scoring, Dillon Brooks averaged 17 points per game. Since starting tournament play, the sophomore has upped his output to 19.3 each night. In addition to his scoring capabilities, Brooks crashes the boards with consistency pulling down 5.6 rebounds. While opposing coaches hope to find a way to slow down a player like Brooks, Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman turns toward his supporting cast.
With three other players averaging double-digits in scoring, the options a plentiful. Better yet, each of the top four scorers including seniors Chris Boucher and Elgin Cook shoot the ball with pinpoint accuracy. Knocking down shots the quartet rounded out by freshman Tyler Dorsey each connect on 44.5% of their shots or better. Asking any defense to shut down this offense remains a tall task.
The one area Oregon struggles at defensively is in guarding the three point line. Letting opponents hit on 35.6% of their attempts, the Ducks rank 245th in the nation at defending the three point shot. Can they contend with one of the nation's premier 3-point shooting teams in the Sooners?
In a win or go home situation, anything can happen. Catch the action live tomorrow at 5:09 PM CST on CBS.