NCAA tournament preview: Oregon


With the absence of Bol Bol on the other side for Oregon, Happ should see plenty of good looks in this game.

"It showed everybody today, it wasn't a fluke", Pritchard said. 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. "We're here to win it".

OR will take on UC Irvine, who knocked off Kansas State to secure a spot in the Round of 32.

Sabally had 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to help second-seeded OR to an easy 78-40 victory over No. 15 seed Portland State on Friday night in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Louis King scored 17 and Paul White added 14 - all in the second half - as OR (24-12) pulled away from the No. 5-seeded Badgers after a 25-25 tie at halftime. "That's what they're doing right now". After allowing UCLA to score 62 points in the second half, the Ducks held their next six opponents to less than 62 points for the entire game.

Wisconsin guard Khalil Iverson, a senior, scored 12 points, including his first 3-pointer since the 2016-17 season. Wooten then put the exclamation point on the victory with two blocks on one trip before Pritchard's layup made it 59-47 and the rout was on.

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This is the sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance for the Beavers, and the fourth time in the last five years Oregon State has hosted the first two rounds.

"It doesn't tarnish. It stings for a while, but it doesn't tarnish what this group accomplished to get to this point", Gard said.

On Feb. 23, Oregon was sitting at 15-12 overall and 6-8 in the conference after a three-game losing streak, which included a loss to in-state rival Oregon State at Gill Coliseum.

Happ, a redshirt senior that dipped his toes into the National Basketball Association waters last season before returning for his final year of college eligibility, is one of the greatest players to ever put on a Wisconsin uniform.

OR went on a 10-2 run in just over three minutes to take a 63-49 lead with just under three minutes left in the game. The likely first-round pick's career in Eugene ended after just nine games of averaging 21.0 points. Pritchard, who was heavily recruited by UW in the 2016 class, finished with 20 points and seven assists in the title game against Washington.

"Honestly I just felt it", Sabally said about the rebounds.