Oregon, which entered the conference tourney as the No. 6 seed, mowed down Washington State 84-51 in the first round, Utah 66-54 in the quarterfinals and Arizona State 79-75 in overtime in the semifinals.
The Ducks owe the Badgers some serious payback on the hardwood, as OR is 2-5 all-time against Wisconsin.
OR is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since reaching the Final Four in 2017. If Wisconsin hopes to make a run in the NCAA tournament, Iverson must continue playing at this level on the offensive end. Whatever the big dance brings, the Ducks have gained momentum for the offseason, which may pay serious dividends in the seasons to come.
There's still time for Greg Gard's team to do something special and enhance the notion that this was a bounceback season for a program that had advanced to the Sweet 16 in four consecutive seasons until watching the tournament from home last season.
In January they lost their best player and National Basketball Association prospect, Bol Bol to a season-ending injury, but recently have been picked up by the play of Payton Pritchard who had 20 points in the title game.
How they falter: The Ducks' offense is exhausted and uncomfortable following a demanding Pac-12 tournament run, and their season ends in a first-round blowout. OR reached the big dance for the sixth time in seven years after becoming the first team in Pac-12 Tournament history to defeat the top three seeds on the way to winning the title.
Even without the 7-foot-2 Bol, the Ducks are big. Then came the streak of eight wins in a row. After all, the Ducks looked well on their way to failing to live up to the promise that was bestowed on them as the preseason Pac-12 favorite up until the end of February, sitting at 6-8 in conference play and 15-12 overall after losing to UCLA on the 23rd.
Badgers eliminated from Big Ten Tournament
Standing in the way of Michigan State are John Beilein's Wolverines, who have won this event the past two years. Michigan's 2019 NCAA Tournament tips off tonight (9:20 p.m., TNT) against the No. 15 seeded Montana Grizzlies .
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For Tennessee fans, this Volunteer squad has the best chance of any team in recent memory to make the school's first Final Four. There are some other contenders like Houston and Kansas, but neither of those teams can match the top two seeds of the region.
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With four wins in the 2019 Pac-12 Tournament, Dana Altman became the winningest coach in Tournament history. This year he passed Sean Miller, Arizona (17) and Lute Olson, Arizona (16) for the all-time lead.
OR held Washington State and Utah under 55 points, and blocked 10 shots while rallying to beat Arizona State in overtime in the quarterfinals.
No Washington player scored in double figures.
There are those who will disagree, pointing to Oregon's poor performance for much of the regular season.
OR and Washington split the regular-season series, each winning on the other's home court.
Oregon's defense over the last three weeks has not only been good, it is historically remarkable.
This is Oregon's ninth straight winning season, something that hasn't happened in Eugene in 87 years. Wisconsin does only average a mere 9.5 turnovers per game (good for No. 5 nationally), but there have certainly been outliers sprinkled throughout the season.