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Brackets Revealed for PK80

Brackets Revealed for PK80

The brackets for the much-hyped PK80 tournament have been released, and if you are a fan of college basketball you are in for a treat.

The tournament, boasted as one of the largest regular season tournaments in college basketball history, features 16 teams – a list that includes a combined 24 National Championships, three of last season’s Final Four teams, as well as five other teams that made the field of 64 last season.

PK80 will consist of two brackets, “Victory” and “Motion,” with each bracket crowning their own champion over the weekend. 

According to a press release, the names were chosen to pay tribute Nike and Phil Knight –

- “Victory”: In Greek mythology, Nike was considered the goddess of Victory

- “Motion”: The swoosh logo is not only meant to represent motion, but to also resemble the wings of the goddess Nike

Here is a quick breakdown of both:

VICTORY:

The “Victory” bracket will play host to local teams Oregon and Portland, 2017 National Champions North Carolina, as well as UConn, Georgetown, Oklahoma, Michigan State, and Arkansas.

Round 1 will see North Carolina vs Portland, Arkansas vs Oklahoma, Georgetown vs Michigan State, and UConn vs Oregon.

MOTION:

“Motion” will be headlined by 2017 runner-up and Northwest favorite Gonzaga, along with fellow local school Portland State. They will be joined by Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils, Texas, Stanford, Ohio State, Florida, and Butler.

Round 1 will see Duke vs Portland State,  Butler vs Texas, Florida vs Stanford, and Gonzaga vs Ohio State.

Click here to view a printable bracket

The two brackets will run simultaneously at Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum from Thursday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 26, with no games being played on Saturday.

Note: The champsions of the individual brackets will not play eachother, instead the brackets are being treated like two individual tournaments. 

For more information visit pkinvitational.com

 

 

 

Oregon native Ryan Crouser brings home Olympic gold in Men’s Shot Put

Oregon native Ryan Crouser brings home Olympic gold in Men’s Shot Put

Oregon native, and former Sam Barlow High School standout Ryan Crouser blew past the completion in Rio to bring home gold in the Men’s Shot Put.

On his fifth attempt Crouser launched a throw of 22.52 meters (73 feet, 10 3/4 inches), setting an Olympic record in the process, and setting the high mark in the competition. Just a few throws later, teammate Joe Kovacs jumped into second place with a throw of 21.78m, giving Team USA the special gold-silver finish.

The young Crouser is no stranger to success. In 2011, his senior year at Barlow, Crouser was named Gatorade Oregon Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year, won 6-A state titles in both the shot put and discus, and set three national records: 72.36m discus throw, 19.48m 16-pound indoor shot put throw, and a standard high school indoor shot put throw of 23.53m (note: 16-pound is standard Olympic weight, while high schools use a 12-pound shot put).

His strong high school resume made him one of the most sought after track and field recruits in the country. Crouser nearly joined his cousin, javelin thrower Sam Crouser, at the University of Oregon, but instead committed to the University of Texas.

Crouser only continued to impress while in The Lone Star State, becoming a four-time NCAA Shot Put Champion, eight-time Big 12 Shot Put Champion, eleven-time USTFCCCA All-American, and was named 2014 USATFCCCA Men’s National Field Event Athlete of the Year.

With all the amateur accolades he had piled up, it felt like an Olympic dream was merely a matter of time. Well, Crouser wasted very little time achieving his Olympic dream.

At the U.S.A Track and Field Trials back in July, Crouser set the benchmark with a throw of 22.11m, winning the competition and punching his ticket to Rio. For the Oregon native, it was a bit of a surreal moment. Earning the right to represent your country is one thing, but doing it in your own backyard, at historic Hayward Field with friends and family in attendance, had that much sweeter.

Crouser said of the trials “it was the biggest competition of my life.” He didn’t wilt under the pressure of that stage, and he most certainly didn’t wilt in Rio. If you asked him now, I’m sure he would say the trials were the “second biggest competition” of his life.

The former Texas Longhorn joins a long list of Crousers who have represented their country in the Olympics. His father, Mitch Carouser, was an alternate discus thrower for the U.S. Olympic Team in 1984, while his uncle, Dean Carouser, was a javelin thrower for the U.S Olympic Team in 1988 and 1992.  And don’t forget cousin Sam. The former Duck made the U.S. Olympic Team along with Ryan, but as a javelin thrower (Sam finished 34th in qualifying, and did not advance to the finals).

Crouser is the first American to win gold in the Men’s Shot Put since Adam Nelson in 2004, and at only 23-years-old, this could just be the beginning of a long Olympic career for Oregon’s favorite shot putter.