Ducks Could Stay Local for NCAA Tournament

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Lots can change quickly in college basketball, but with the Ducks’ latest win streak, they have a legitimate shot to play their first NCAA Tournament game in Portland — a de-facto home game for Oregon. In the his latest Bracketology, Joe Lunardi actually projects the Ducks to play in Seattle as a No. 10 seed vs No. 7 Michigan State (a nice rematch from this fall).

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Oregon’s Pit Crew may have a short drive.

However, the Moda Center will host the West Regional No. 7 vs No. 10 and No. 2 vs No. 15 matchup, as well as the South Region’s No. 5 vs No. 12 and No. 4 vs No. 13 matchup. At this point, it’s unlikely the Ducks will move as high as a No. 2, 3, 4 or 5 seed without a long run and potential Pac-12 Tournament victory; however, a No. 10, 12 or 13 seed is very possible — even likely — if the NCAA Tournament started today. Whether or not the Selection Committee would give Oregon a home game is another matter for debate.

Seattle will host the Midwest and South region in the same seed matchups as Portland, giving the Ducks additional odds of a Northwest crowd even if they aren’t awarded a Portland game (typically the NCAA rewards higher seeds with games closer to come, i.e. Arizona has pretty good odds as the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the West).

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Adam Kruse

Adam Kruse

Living literally walking distance from Husky Stadium in the heart of Husky country, Adam is a passionate Duck fan originally from Salem, Oregon. Adam is a long-time season ticket holder and owner of no less than five Duck jerseys he proudly rotates and wears to work every Friday during the fall. Adams works as an Account Executive in the Cloud Software business and in his spare time, hangs out with his wife Rachael and daughter Addison. Go Ducks!

  • Mike Wilder

    UofO is the host school for the Portland regional, so Ducks are not eligible to play there. Also, seeds playing there aren’t pre-determined, could be pretty much any group of 8 teams from two pods of four from different regions.