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Joe Boozell | NCAA.com | March 26, 2017

How they reached the Final Four: the Oregon Ducks

  Oregon defeated Kansas in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four.

For the first time since 1939, the Oregon Ducks are headed to the Final Four.

Let’s see how they did it.

NCAA tournament path

Defeated No. 14 Iona, 93-77

First Round: Oregon upends Iona

Tyler Dorsey, Dillon Brooks and Jordan Bell combined to score 59 points. Oregon put up 55 in the first half.

Defeated No. 11 Rhode Island, 75-72

Second Round: Oregon advances to the Sweet 16

Dorsey hit one of the most memorable shots of the tournament – a go-ahead 3 with less than a minute remaining. The sophomore was nearly perfect on the evening – he went 9-for-10 and scored 27 points.

Defeated No. 7 Michigan, 69-68

Sweet 16: Oregon survives against Michigan

The Ducks stifled what many believed was the hottest team in the country. Bell shut down star big man Moritz Wagner and posted a double-double.

Defeated No. 1 Kansas, 74-60

Elite Eight: Oregon thumps Kansas

Bell was a monster, blocking eight Jayhawk shots and collecting 13 rebounds, while Dorsey delivered dagger after dagger en route to 27 points.

Key Players

C Jordan Bell

Block by Jordan Bell

When Chris Boucher tore his ACL, Bell inherited a ton of responsibility. It’s safe to say he’s responded; at this point, he might be the most important player on the team. Bell has collected 12 rebounds or more in four tournament games, posting three double-doubles.

G Tyler Dorsey

How’s this for an NCAA tournament? Dorsey is averaging 24.5 points on 66.7 percent shooting in the Big Dance; he’s 17-of-26 from the 3. The guy has just been unconscious during this stretch.

F Dillon Brooks

The Pac-12 Player of the Year has been overshadowed a bit in the tournament by Bell and Dorsey, but he’s been steady as usual. Brooks is averaging 26 points per 40 minutes.

Coach: Dana Altman

Altman is in his seventh season in Eugene; this is the fifth straight year he’s reached the NCAA tournament. Altman had never reached the Final Four previously.

He has an overall record of 187-69 at Oregon. Before joining the Ducks, Altman was a head coach at Creighton, Kansas State and Marshall.

Best wins this season

Dec. 28 – vs. UCLA, 89-87
Deb. 4 – vs. Arizona, 85-58
Feb. 11 – at USC, 81-70

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