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