Final Four: Everything you need to know about the Oregon Ducks
After toppling top-seeded Kansas in the Elite Eight, Oregon is heading to its its first Final Four since 1939.
Here is everything you need to know about the Ducks:
Main campus: Eugene, Ore. (pop. 156,185)
Year founded: 1876
U.S. News & World Report national rank: 103 (tie)
Tuition and Fees: $10,762 (in-state); $33,442 (out-of-state)
Notable alumni: Bill Bowerman (co-founder of Nike, Inc.), Phil Knight (co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of Nike, Inc.), Robert Polet (chairman and CEO of Gucci), Kaitlin Olson (actress), Dan Fouts (NFL Hall of Famer), Ahmad Rashad (Emmy Award-winning sportscaster), Neil Everett (ESPN anchor), Ty Burrell (actor), Ashton Eaton (Olympic gold medalist)
The campus: Oregon's campus sits right outside the heart of downtown Eugene, just a stone's throw from the Willamette River. Walk a few blocks south and you will find Hayward Field, one of the country's oldest track and field stadiums. It has been home to Oregon's track and field events since 1921. It also served as home to the football team for a bit, but the Ducks moved their football games over to Autzen Stadium in 1967.
Walk back through the campus a bit and you might just find your way toward the quad where you can gaze upon the Oregon logo on the side of the Lillis Building. A bevy of eateries and local watering holes abound in the area as well, which makes it the de facto center of campus. Last but certainly not least, if you cross the river to the north you can check out Pre's Trail, a four-mile running and walking trail named after Oregon athlete Steve Prefontaine.
Traditions: When it comes to school traditions at Oregon, most begin and end with the school's athletic programs. The Walk to Autzen Stadium on gamedays during the football season is certainly a sight to behold, but fans attending any sporting events are sure to see students of all ages throwing up an "O" in salute to their classmates. The Oregon Pit Crew — a student-run organization on campus — can be seen at every basketball home game revving up their fellow fans and cheering on the hometown team.
Basketball at Oregon
Nickname: The Ducks
Mascot: The Oregon Duck
Conference affiliation: Pac-12
Home arena: Matthew Knight Arena (12,364)
Coach: Dana Altman (Eastern New Mexico, 1980)
Coaching record: 564-307 in 27 seasons as a head coach; 154-64 with Oregon
NCAA tournament appearances: (14) — 1939, 1945, 1960, 1961, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Best NCAA tournament finish: NCAA Championship (1939)
Notable basketball alumni: Aaron Brooks, Mark Few, Luke Jackson, Fred Jones, Luke Ridnour
Regular-season record: 29-5, 16-2 in Pac-12
Notable pre-NCAA tournament wins: UCLA (89-87), USC (84-61), Arizona (85-58)
How the Ducks got here: Seeded No. 3 in Midwest. Win over No. 14 Iona in first round, 93-77; Win over No. 11 Rhode Island in second round, 75-72; Win over No. 7 Michigan in Sweet 16, 69-68; Win over No. 1 Kansas in Elite Eight, 74-60.
Head-to-head vs. (1) North Carolina: 0-4 (1968: 89-78, 106-73; 1976: 86-60; 2008: 98-69), according to Sports-Reference.com
How the Ducks rank
Final AP: 9
NCAA tournament overall seed: No. 9
Points per 100 possessions: 118.6 (16th in the nation)
Points allowed per 100 possessions: 93.7 (18th in the nation)
Pace, or possessions per 40 minutes: 66.7 (241st in the nation)
The 2016-17 Ducks
G Payton Pritchard (6-2, freshman, West Linn, Oregon): 7.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.7 apg
Freshman guard has shown poise in his first year under the tutelage of head coach Dana Altman. Tallied 16 points in first round win over Iona.
G Dylan Ennis (6-2, senior, Brampton, Ontario, Canada): 10.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.1 apg
The fifth-year senior has seen it all in his time at three Division I programs (Rice, Villanova, Oregon), but he’s found a home in Eugene as the off-ball guard in this uptempo offense. He tallied double figures for Oregon in both the Sweet 16 and Elite 8.
G Tyler Dorsey (6-4, sophomore, Los Angeles, California): 14.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg
The LA native has gone for 20+ points in seven straight games and has made a name for himself with some late-game theatrics in this year’s NCAA tournament. His hot shooting (34-of-51 from the field, ~ 67 percent) has buoyed Oregon’s title hopes, not to mention his plans for tournament MOP.
F Dillon Brooks (6-7, junior, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada): 16.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.8 apg
The Ducks’ leading scorer has been the focus of opposing defenses — which has hurt the Ontario native’s field goal percentage — but the emergence of his running mate Tyler Dorsey has helped Brooks stomach the extra defensive attention.
F Jordan Bell (6-9, junior, Long Beach, Calif.): 10.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.2 bpg
Bell has become the lead big man in the mix for the Ducks, especially with the loss of Chris Boucher to a season-ending injury, but boy has Bell embraced the spotlight. The California-bred big man has a pair of double-doubles in his last two games, including a monster defensive performance with eight blocks against Kansas.
FIRST OFF BENCH
G Casey Benson (6-3, junior, Tempe, AZ): 4.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.9 apg
Oregon’s sixth man. Backs up three-guard lineup, spells Pritchard from ball-handling and 3-point duties. Can stretch the defense with
F Kavell Bigby-Williams (6-11, junior, London, England) — 3.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Fills in for Bell as part of the frontcourt rotation, averages just a hair under 10 minutes a game.