It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. A 12-seed wasn't supposed to make its way past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament and into the Sweet 16.
But if Oregon basketball knows anything, it’s that odds are meant to be overcome.
The Ducks were 6-8 in Pac-12 play, 15-12 overall, and a season-ending injury to star center Bol Bol made Oregon’s run into the postseason look unlikely. Then, the Ducks went on an eight-game winning streak, an improbable run in the Pac-12 Tournament and snatched the Pac-12 championship out of the hands of top-seeded Washington.
That was only the beginning of March.
The 12-seeded Ducks held No. 5 Wisconsin to just 54 points in the First Round and on March 24, 2019, Oregon punched its Sweet 16 ticket, defeating 13-seeded UC Irvine 73-54 in the Second Round of the NCAA March Madness Tournament.
It was just the third time the Ducks advanced to the Elite Eight under coach Dana Altman.
Louis King, Kenny Wooten, Payton Pritchard and Ehab Amin combined for 57 points, making Oregon one of the best Cinderella stories in 2019.
The Ducks dance ended in the Elite Eight, when the 1-seed Virginia Cavaliers and eventual champions, held off Oregon 53-49 at the KFC Yum! Center.
Oregon’s 10-game win streak was snapped, but their unlikely run in the tournament set the resilient and doggedness tone of the program for years to come.