Representing the # 1 and # 2 seeds of the West bracket, The 28-6 Oregon Ducks take on the 25-7 Oklahoma Sooners in the Elite Eights on Saturday night. Oregon is going to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2007 thanks to an 82-68 victory over the defending champion Duke Blue Devils. For Oregon, the win was their 31st on the season, which is the most ever in the history of the program. Oklahoma advanced with a 77-63 win over the # 3 seeded Texas A&M Aggies. With one more win, Oklahoma can advance to the Final Four for the first time since 2002.
Oregon had 5 players score in double figures but it was Dillon Brooks who led the way with 22 points but also 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Senior forward Elgin Cook also had a nice game by providing 16 points and 9 rebounds. As a team, they shot the ball well making 49 percent of their field goals while also making 43 percent of their three-pointers. Defensively, they forced Duke into 8 turnovers and limited them to just 31 percent from behind the arc as Duke made just 7 of their 22 three-pointers. They also did a good job stopping Grayson Allen as he scored 15 points on just 4 of 13 shooting. In 3 games so far, no Oregon opponent has shot over 31 percent from three-point range. If there was a negative it was that Oregon only shot 47 percent from the free-throw line as they made 8 of their 17 attempts.
Oklahoma easily beat Texas A&M and proved they can win even when their star player doesn’t lead them in scoring. Buddy Hield scored 27 and 36 points in Oklahoma’s first 2 tournament wins but it was Jordan Woodard who led the way this time with 22 points to go with 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. He was very efficient as he made 8 of his 11 shots including 5 of 6 from three-point range. Hield did still manage to get a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds but he did turn the ball over 5 times. Overall, they did a poor job handling the ball as they had 15 turnovers. Defensively, they forced Texas A&M to shoot just 34 percent from the field including just 23 percent from three-point range. Oklahoma did a poor job of getting to the line as they only took 9 foul shots, but like Oregon, they struggled when they got there making only 4. In 3 tournament games so far, Oklahoma has failed to grab more rebounds than their opponent.
Oregon enters this game on an 11 game win streak while Oklahoma has won their past 3 games. Oregon has gone 21-13 against the spread this season as Oklahoma has gone 13-20. Both of these teams are 2-1 against the spread so far in the tournament. Oregon is a 1-point favorite in this game and has more skilled big men while Oklahoma has more talented guards.
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