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The Swatterboy signs a two-way contract with Toronto

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The Swatterboy signs a two-way contract with Toronto

The Swatterboy has found a home. And it just so happens to be close to his home. The Canadian-born Boucher just signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors today.

Boucher’s path to the NBA has been rocky to say the least. After suffering an ACL tear in the 2017 Pac-12 conference semifinals tournament, Boucher had to watch his Ducks from the bench make it to the March Madness Final Four, but came up short in the end to North Carolina. 

Since his college career ended, Boucher has been rehabbing his knee, working out, and starring in a 13-minute long documentary titled “Grind Now, Shine Later” about himself released over this past summer. And if that isn’t the perfect title of his life, then we don’t know what is. 

Known as the “Swatterboy” at Oregon for breaking the single-season shot block record, Boucher’s 6’10” height with a 7’3” 1/2 wingspan makes him quite the force on the court. With a few NBA G League game sunder his belt, the Toronto Raptors have noticed and signed a two-way deal with Boucher.

Another #ProDucks in the NBA.

Oregon making history before the season even begins

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Oregon making history before the season even begins

The Ducks are making history before the college basketball season even begins.

For the first time in Oregon program history, both the Oregon men’s and women’s basketball teams were selected to win the Pac-12 conference this season via Pac-12 preseason coaches polls.

Ladies first

After back-to-back Elite 8 finishes and a Pac-12 championship title last season, the Ducks come into this season ranked No. 5, according to the USA Today Coaches poll. The triple-double queen Sabrina Ionescu and her partner in crime Ruthy Hebard return for their junior seasons alongside senior Maite Cazorla, reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Satou Sabally,and senior Oti Gildon.

The new kids on the block for head coach Kelly Graves this season include Arizona Player of the Year guard Taylor Chavez, redshirt-sophomore Erin Boley (sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules), and Nyara Sabally, the younger sister of Satou Sabally.

One thing that stands out right away is the depth and overall team number. Graves only has 10 players listed on his roster for this season. Should be interesting to watch for especially when trying to make a deep tourney run late in the season. 

In an interview at Pac-12 media day, Ionescu said, “I think experience helps a lot. Everyone knows how close we were to making the jump last year and everyone wants it more than ever. Expectations are high within the team as well, not just from the outside." 

Now for the men 

After a final four finish in 2016, and a rather disappointing NIT tournament finish in 2017, the men return this season with a fresh new look with some fresh new faces. Oregon finishing on top of the Pac at the end of the season may have something to do with the No. 4 recruiting class lead by freshman 7 ft. tall Bol-Bol coming to Eugene. Head coach Dana Altman and his staff have made incredible moves this offseason on the recruiting trail landing another five-star recruit in Louis King, Miles Norris, and Will Richardson. 

But let’s not forget about the returners on Altman’s squad: junior guard Payton Pritchard, sophomore Victor Bailey Jr., redshirt senior Paul White, and sophomore Kenny Wooten. 

This is going to be quite an exciting year ahead at Matthew Knight Arena.

No. 2 Oregon women's basketball schedule released

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No. 2 Oregon women's basketball schedule released

The preseason ranked No. 2 Oregon Ducks women’s basketball team is back in action. The school year has started, classes are in session, and the court is open. After finishing last season with a Pac-12 conference title and an elite eight appearance, head coach Kelly Graves and reigning Pac-12 player of the year Sabrina Ionescu return to Matthew Knight Arena for another season of Ducks basketball.

Let’s take a look and break down the good and not-so-good of the upcoming 2018-2019 season schedule, just released yesterday:

(HOME GAMES ARE IN BOLD):

 

Fri. Jan 4th., Washington vs. Oregon (Eugene, OR; 6 PM)

Sun. Jan 6th., Washington State vs. Oregon (Eugene, OR; 3 PM)

Fri. Jan 11th., Oregon at USC (Los Angeles, CA; 8 PM)

Sun. Jan 13th., Oregon at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA; 2 PM)

Fri. Jan 18th., Arizona State vs. Oregon (Eugene, OR; 6 PM)

Sun. Jan 20th., Arizona vs. Oregon (Eugene, OR; 12 PM)

Fri. Jan 25th., Oregon at Washington State (Pullman, WA; 7 PM)

Sun. Jan 27th., Oregon at Washington (Seattle, WA; 2 PM)

Fri. Feb 1st., Utah at Oregon (Eugene, OR; 7 PM)

Sun. Feb 3rd., Colorado at Oregon (Eugene, OR; 12 PM)

Fri. Feb 8th., Oregon at California (Berkeley, CA; 8 PM)

Sun. Feb 10th., Oregon at Stanford (Palo Alto, CA; 1 PM)

Fri. Feb 15th., Oregon State at Oregon (Eugene, OR; 6 PM)

Mon. Feb 18th., Oregon at Oregon State (Corvallis, OR; 6 PM)

Fri. Feb 22nd., UCLA at Oregon (Eugene, OR; 8 PM)

Sun. Feb 24th., USC at Oregon (Eugene, OR; 11 AM)

Fri. Mar 1st., Oregon at Arizona (Tucson, AZ; 7 PM)

Sun. Mar 3rd., Oregon at Arizona State (Tempe, AZ; 12 PM)

 

Thurs. - Sun. March 7th - March 10th: Pac-12 Tournament (Las Vegas, Nevada)

March 22nd - NCAA Tournament begins

 

The GOOD:

  • In a rematch of last season Pac-12 championship, the Oregon Ducks will only have to face the Stanford Cardinal once this season.
  • The Civil War takes place mid-season and starts in Eugene. Especially in this back-to-back series where the two teams play twice in the span of four days, it is a big advantage to grab the momentum early in this series and get the first win at home.

 

The NOT-SO-GOOD:

  • Last season, Oregon completed the program’s first ever sweep on the road of the L.A. schools (USC & UCLA). This season, they will have to do it again and unfortunately early on in the season. Oregon travels to the L.A. schools the second week of conference play.
  • On the flip side of only playing the Pac-12 runner up Stanford Cardinal one time this upcoming season, Oregon will have to do so on the road at Palo Alto and in that hostile environment. 

 

Notable players:

  • Returning for the Ducks is reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year Sabrina Ionescu, reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Satou Sabally, the Katrina McClain Power Forward of the Year award winner Ruthy Hebard, senior point guard stud Maite Cazorla, and senior Oti Gildon.
  • Who we haven’t seen yet: Notre Dame transfer, who sat out last season, Rs. Sophomore Erin Boley, freshman Taylor Chavez, and freshman Nyara Sabally, the younger sister of Satou Sabally.

 

RELATED:

Oregon men’s basketball 2018-2019 schedule 

Oregon basketball mentioned again in secret recording in college basketball corruption trial

Oregon basketball mentioned again in secret recording in college basketball corruption trial

On Wednesday, Oregon basketball was mentioned again in the college basketball corruption trial. This time, in the playback of a secret recording played in court. 

On the recording, Christian Dawkins and Merl Code, two of the three people accused of paying prep players to steer them to certain Adidas-aligned schools, both described Oregon's offer to five-star recruit Brian Bowen as "astronomical" but provided no further details. Bowen was set to go to Oregon, but Code said, "let me work the phones and get something done."

There has been no evidence to prove Oregon's offer yet, leading some to believe it was negotiation tactics by the Bowen family.  

Another development related to Oregon is former Duck Troy Brown Jr. is on the list of college players Dawkins said he was “actively involved with".

The Ducks' program has already come up on a couple of occasions, according to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports. 

On Monday, prospective jurors in the case were read a list of schools that might come up during the fraud trial focused on Dawkins, Code and Adidas executive Jim Gatto. The schools mentioned: Arizona, Creighton, DePaul, Kansas, LSU, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Southern California and Texas.

The report indicates that the mere listing of these universities does not indicate wrongdoing. They were provided as a way to eliminate any potential conflicts of interest during the jury selection process. 

In the opening arguments made on Tuesday, Oregon was mentioned again, this time in the first direct implication against the program since the FBI-led scandal broke a year ago. 

Jim Gatto's attorney said evidence would show that Oregon offered "an astronomical amount of money" to recruit five-star prospect Brian Bowen to entice him to play for the Ducks. Adidas' $100,000 deal for Bowen to commit to Louisville was to "level the playing field."

It is unknown to what extent the UO men's basketball program will be included in the trial that is expected to explore the underbelly of college basketball recruiting. No one with ties to the Oregon program is listed on the potential witness list. Oregon had no ties with the pay-to-play scandal until Monday when Oregon appeared on the university list given to jurors. 

Oregon issued a statement in response to the allegations. The university will monitor the court proceedings and did not mention any plans of internal investiagion. 

"The university is aware of the claim made by a defense attorney in New York's U.S. District court as part of opening statements in a criminal trial related to college basketball recruiting," Klinger said. "To date, the University of Oregon has not been contacted by the federal government or any other party involved in these proceedings. We take the claim seriously and will monitor the court proceedings closely for any further details."

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Oregon basketball mentioned in basketball corruption trial

Oregon basketball mentioned in basketball corruption trial

It's been over a year since the first arrests were made in the FBI's investigation of corruption in college basketball and the trial is now underway.

According to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports, the University of Oregon has already come up on a couple of occasions.

On Monday, prospective jurors in the case were read a list of schools that might come up during the trial. The schools mentioned: Arizona, Creighton, DePaul, Kansas, LSU, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Southern California and Texas.

The report indicates that the mere listing of these universities does not indicate wrongdoing. They were provided as a way to eliminate any potential conflicts of interest during the jury selection process. 

The fraud trial is focused on Adidas exectuive Jim Gatto, former Adidas contractor Merl Code, and sports agent Christian Dawkins. They have been accused of paying prep players to steer them to certain Adidas-aligned schools.

Opening arguments were made today, in the expected month-long trial, and Oregon was mentioned again. 

Jim Gattto's attourney said evidence would show that Oregon offered "an astronomical amount of money" to recruit five-star prospect Brian Bowen to entice him to play for the Ducks. Adidas' $100,000 deal for Bowen to commit to Louisville was to "level the playing field."

It is unknown to what extent the UO men's basketball program will be included in the trial that is expected to explore the underbelly of college basketball recruiting. No one with ties to the Oregon program is listed on the potential witness list. Oregon had no ties with the pay-to-play scandal until Monday when Oregon appeared on the university list given to jurors. 

Oregon issued a statement in response to the allegations. The university will monitor the court proceedings and did not mention any plans of internal investiagion. 

"The university is aware of the claim made by a defense attorney in New York's U.S. District court as part of opening statements in a criminal trial related to college basketball recruiting," Klinger said. "To date, the University of Oregon has not been contacted by the federal government or any other party involved in these proceedings. We take the claim seriously and will monitor the court proceedings closely for any further details."

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2018-2019 Oregon men’s basketball schedule released

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2018-2019 Oregon men’s basketball schedule released

It’s never too early to start thinking about college basketball, right? Mark your calendars because the 2018-2019 Pac-12 men’s basketball schedule was just released this morning. Let’s take a quick glance at the good and the bad of this upcoming season for the Oregon Ducks. 

Coming off a 23-13 overall record, going 10-8 in conference play, and a disappointing NIT finish, the Oregon Ducks look to turn the page and start a new chapter with the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation.

The full schedule, including non-conference games and tournaments, can be found HERE.

(HOME GAMES are in bold).

 

Sat., Jan 5th: Oregon vs. Oregon State (Eugene, Oregon)

Thurs., Jan 10th: Oregon vs. UCLA (Eugene, Oregon)

Sun., Jan 13th: USC vs. Oregon (Eugene, Oregon)

Thurs., Jan 17th: Oregon at Arizona (Tucson, Arizona)

Sat., Jan 19th: Oregon at Arizona State (Tempe, Arizona)

Thurs., Jan 24th: Oregon vs. Washington (Eugene, Oregon)

Sun., Jan 27th: Oregon vs. Washington State (Eugene, Oregon)

Thurs., Jan 31st: Oregon at Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Sat., Feb 2nd: Oregon at Colorado (Boulder, Colorado)

Wed., Feb 6th: Oregon vs. California (Eugene, Oregon)

Sun., Feb 10th: Oregon vs. Stanford (Eugene, Oregon)

Sat., Feb 16th: Oregon at Oregon State (Corvallis, Oregon)

Thurs., Feb 21st: Oregon at USC (Los Angeles, California)

Sun., Feb 23rd: Oregon at UCLA (Los Angeles, California)

Thurs., Feb 28th: Oregon vs. Arizona State (Eugene, Oregon)

Sat., Mar 2nd: Oregon vs. Arizona (Eugene, Oregon)

Wed., Mar 6th: Oregon at Washington State (Pullman, Washington)

Sat., Mar 9th: Oregon at Washington (Seattle, Washington)

 

March 13-16 Pac-12 Tournament, Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

The GOOD:

- Oregon plays the Bay Area schools only once this season. The Ducks have continuously struggled against both Stanford and CAL each year, and the better news, both these teams come to Eugene, Oregon this season.

The NOT-SO-GOOD:

- Oregon (10-8 Pac-12 record last season) will face both the Arizona schools and both the Southern California schools twice. Arizona (14-4 Pac-12 record) finished at the top of the Pac-12 conference last season with USC (12-6 Pac-12) finishing second, UCLA (11-7 Pac-12) fourth, and Arizona State (8-10 Pac-12) ninth.

- Oregon’s last home-stand against the Arizona schools only places one day in between game days. Meaning, the Ducks will have just Friday to prepare for the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday after playing ASU Thursday night, compared to a typical schedule where teams would have two days in between games.

- Oregon has still yet to win in Boulder, Colorado. That's right. That 2016-2017 Oregon squad who went 16-2 in conference play lead by Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey, and Jordan Bell, could not break the Colorado curse. Could this season be the one?

Roster changes:

Notable returners for the Ducks are junior starting point guard Payton Pritchard, sophomore forward Kenny Wooten, sophomore guard Victor Bailey Jr., and redshirt senior forward Paul White.

But most eyes will fall on this impressive incoming freshman class that head coach Dana Altman has recruited including: 7’2” center Bol Bol, guard Will Richardson, forward Louis King, and forward Miles Norris.

 

Oregon's Troy Brown: point guard trapped inside a wing's body

Oregon's Troy Brown: point guard trapped inside a wing's body

Troy Brown Jr. on Thursday was among the latest batch of 3-and-D players to workout for the Trail Blazers, but the University of Oregon wing says he has something different than the other prospects who have passed through the Blazers’ Tualatin facility this month.

He says he is not just a shooter and defender, he can also pass like a point guard.

“I feel like a lot of guys when they say they are 3-and-D it’s offensive scoring and being a defensive player, but I feel like I bring more than that,’’ Brown said. 

The Las Vegas native, who was a 5-star recruit heading into Oregon, says he is a play-maker, which is borne from his playing point guard until his senior year in high school, when his 6-foot-7 height forced him to small forward.

“The versatility side to things,’’ Brown said, referring to how he is different than other prospects. “Being able to make plays for teammates and being that point-guard figure rather than just being a two or three.’’

The Blazers, who own the 24th pick in the June 21 draft, could use depth at the wing behind Evan Turner and Maurice Harkless, and the team seems to value extra play-makers as evidence by their 2016 free agent signing of Turner. 

In the Blazers’ first four draft workouts, the prospects have been mostly wings and guards, with nearly all the wings carrying a reputation of being able to shoot and defend. 

Owner Paul Allen has yet to attend one of the four workouts this month. Usually, Allen’s attendance is a sure sign that day’s prospects are targets to be drafted by Portland. However, on Thursday, Allen’s right-hand-man -- Bert Kolde -- made his second appearance at the workouts to see Brown and guards Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech), Landry Shamet (Wichita State) and De’Anthony Melton (Southern California). Creighton wing Khyri Thomas was also at the facility, but he did not workout for undisclosed reasons.

All told, the Blazers this month have worked out wings Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State), Melvin Frazier (Tulane), Gary Trent Jr. (Duke), Shake Milton (SMU), Jacob Evans (Cincinnati), Bruce Brown (Miami), Donte DiVincenzo (Villanova), Anfernee Simons (IMG Academy) and Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky).

Brown, who is the first player in Oregon history to leave after one season, said he “didn’t feel great” in his workout with the Blazers, but overall he said he feels he has improved his draft stock during his workouts with 10 teams. He says he still has sessions left with Minnesota and Charlotte. 

He averaged 11.3 points, 3.2 assists and 6.2 rebounds while playing 31 minutes a game for the Ducks this season. He said he focused more on being a glue guy at Oregon, where he did the little things to help the team win. 

The NBA, he says, is more suited to showcase his all-around skills, and it’s one reason why he feels like his “stock has risen” during his workouts. 

“I feel like coming out of college there weren’t a lot of people touting me as a very good player,’’ Brown said. “I didn’t have a great year, so people didn’t think I was good at basketball, period. So just being able to show what I’m capable of doing and having that chip on my shoulder … it has definitely done a lot for me.’’

If there is one question mark around Brown’s game, it’s his outside shooting. Last season at Oregon, he went 32-for-110 (29.1 percent) from three-point range. He said his shooting has been a point of emphasis during his personal workouts.

“We all have things to work on and I feel like shooting is one of mine … along with a lot of other people,’’ Brown said.

Some things, though, come naturally, and are hard to label. That’s why Oregon teammate MiKyle McIntosh – who also worked out in Portland on Thursday – said it didn’t take long for him to know Brown had an NBA future.

“Immediately, when I saw him the first time,’’ McIntosh said. “He just had something to him. His guard skills for his size and the way he passed the ball … just how versatile. But definitely what I saw and was most impressed with at first was the way he could play defense. He has very long arms and is able to guard every position pretty much.’’

Brown has been projected to be drafted as early as 18 and nearly all mocks have him going in the first round. Where ever he goes, he says that team will be getting more than just 3’s and D. There’s passing, play-making, and smarts.

“My IQ level,’’ Brown said. “It comes from playing point guard in high school.’’

After 'OK' season with Ducks, Troy Brown thinks he is ready for NBA

After 'OK' season with Ducks, Troy Brown thinks he is ready for NBA

CHICAGO –Troy Brown’s only season at the University of Oregon didn’t go as he planned.  Not only did the team not make the NCAA Tournament, the heralded wing was only good, and not great, on the court.

Even so, after averaging 11.3, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Ducks, Brown said he saw enough in himself to declare for the NBA Draft.

“I would say it was OK,’’ he said of his freshman season in Eugene. “It wasn’t the best year, or the year I wanted. Every kid dreams of going to college and being the star player, but we all go through our ups and downs, and it’s one of those things I learned from, and I feel I matured from.’’

He said he feels the up-and-down tempo of the NBA will better suit his offensive game and complement his defensive versatility. NBA scouts seem to agree as Brown is projected to be a mid-to-late first round selection.

“I can do everything on the court,’’ Brown said. “I feel like I can score the ball really well, but at Oregon that wasn’t my (role). We had a lot of guys who could put the ball in the hoop. I was more of a glue guy, and I was ok with that. I was fine just showing my versatility and doing the hard stuff - rebounding, guarding the best player, diving for loose balls and stuff like that.’’ 

The 6-foot-7 Brown appears to be the type of hybrid player that is becoming valued in today’s NBA game – long, athletic and able to guard several positions. The knock on his game – his outside shooting – has been a point of emphasis in his predraft workouts. 

“The more repetitions, the better,’’ Brown said. 

He said he is embracing the undefined nature of what position he will play in the NBA, noting that the league is trending more toward positionless basketball. 

“I feel like coming out of college everybody sees me as a small forward, but I can still make my way up to whatever position my coach needs me to do to get the W,’’ Brown said. “That’s what I’m willing to do.’

Ruthy is ruthless in Ducks' Sweet 16 victory

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Ruthy is ruthless in Ducks' Sweet 16 victory

How Oregon won: A bit of nerves perhaps in the opening minutes, for the Oregon Ducks settled in nicely in this NCAA Sweet 16 matchup against the Central Michigan Chippewas. Lead by sophomore forward Ruthy Hebard down low, on both sides of the court, the No. 2 Ducks cruised to an 83-69 win over No. 11 Central Michigan and punch their ticket into the Elite 8.

It took awhile for both team to get settled in. Two hot-shooting three-point teams, and neither hit a three-pointer until halfway through the first quarter. Hebard established her game early. Her teammates found her down low, one or two dribbles to get to her right side, and then a high-percentage layup, the shot she has mastered so much this season. 33 times in a row, in fact. Hebard records her second double-double of the post-season tournament with 23 points and 14 rebounds. She needed four more blocks for a triple-double.

The Ducks defense came to play as well. Central Michigan comes in ranked No. 13 in 3-pt field goals attempted. Oregon coach Kelly Graves said during pregame that the Ducks must be mindful and defend the three-point line, and make sure the Ducks get on the boards because the Chippewas like to pass the ball out if they get an offensive rebound. Oregon’s defense held Central Michigan to 7-of-27 (26%) from behind the arc. Along with making sure there was a hand in the air on the Chippewas shooters, Oregon also recorded 11 total blocks, six alone coming from Hebard. Oregon will need that same defensive pressure down low against Notre Dame on Monday with their height down low.

What it means: The No. 2 Ducks are headed to the NCAA Elite 8 for back-to-back consecutive seasons and will face No. 1 Notre Dame on Monday evening in Spokane, WA. The Irish are coming off a 90-84 battle against No. 4 Texas A&M lead by starters Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale’s 25 points each.

High-flying Ducks: Sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu continues to shine when the spotlight keeps getting brighter. Ionescu was one rebound shy of her 11th career triple-double. She finished with 16 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds. Senior Lexi Bando finished with 14 points hitting 4-of-11 from three-point range. Junior Oti Gildon, playing in front of her home town fans of Spokane, came up again huge with 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench. She continues to be a stable presence off the bench for Graves.

Foul play: Gildon finished with three fouls. 

Ducks flying north to Spokane in dominant fashion

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Ducks flying north to Spokane in dominant fashion

How Oregon won: If you wanted high-scoring, fast-paced, an all-around offensive efficient battle, then you came to the right game. Two of the top-10 leading team scorers battled head-to-head in a matchup that did not disappoint with 174 total points scored. Both teams off to a hot start as buckets were raining from the ceiling of Matthew Knight Arena in front of a full house. But in the end, it was all Oregon on both sides of the court with an 101-73 victory over No. 10 Minnesota in round two of the NCAA tournament in Eugene, OR.

“Had to have been a fun game to watch for a fan to watch, it wasn’t always fun to be a coach to watch,” said Oregon coach Kelly Graves. “I thought that first half, especially in the first quarter was, that’s high level offensive basketball…”

Offense production was there but the defense was on point tonight and picked up right where it left off Friday evening vs. No. 15 Seattle U. The Ducks held the number three team in the nation in scoring at 85.2 points per game, to just 73 points, 14 in each the second and third quarters. The Ducks defense limited the leader of the Gopher pack Kenisha Bell to just 14 points making sure that there was someone in front of her at all times in Oregon’s zone and clogging the lanes with multiple defenders there to challenge her shot.

Graves said, “I remember at the media timeout, second quarter, we talked about the first team to make a three-minute defensive stand was going to separate themselves from the others and that’s what we did.”

Ducks go on an 11-0 run to close out the first half and take a 51-36 lead. And it didn’t stop there. Oregon outscored Minnesota 30-14 in the third quarter and rode that momentum all the way until the final buzzard. 

Sabrina Ionescu was on triple-double watch by the end of the first quarter. She is on another level when the spotlight continues to get brighter. It is remarkable that with so much ice in her veins, Sabrina Ionescu can still heat up. Ionescu’s night finished just shy of yet another triple-double with 29 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds. Add in a step-back three-pointer, while getting fouled for the chance at am and-1 and four-point play, but missed the free throw.

What it means: The No. 2 Oregon Ducks hit the road north to Spokane, Washington to continue the next few rounds of March Madness play. The Ducks await the winner of No. 11 Central Michigan (28-4) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (27-6) to be played on Monday, March 19th. 

High-flying Ducks: Lead by Ionescu, her partner in crime sophomore forward Ruthy Hebard recorded another double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. This duo combined for 21-of-28 shots from the field. Freshman Satou Sabally, who started tonight with five quick points and finished with 12 total points. 

In her final game in Matthew Knight Arena, senior and Eugene native Lexi Bando ended her career in front of Ducks fans doing what she does best: hitting three-pointers. She finished with 11 points hitting three triples.

Foul play: A very clean game from Oregon defensively found no one in any foul trouble.