Ladies and Gentleman, March Madness is here! The time has arrived as from Wednesday to Saturday (March 11th-14th), the Pac-12 Men’s Tournament takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in fabulous Las Vegas, NV. Out of the 12 teams, eight were determined for the tournament on the final day of the regular season. Here is breakdown of what the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament looks like:
- WSU vs. 8. Cal
- USC vs. 5. ASU
- Colorado vs. OSU
- UW vs. Stanford
- Arizona vs. WSU/Cal
- UCLA vs. USC/ASU
- Oregon vs. Colorado/OSU
- Utah vs. UW/Stanford
Semifinals at 6 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks
Semifinal at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
Championship at 8 p.m. on ESPN
When the Utes fell to Washington on Saturday, Oregon was able to clinch the No.2 seed for next week’s tournament. Finishing second throughout the conference is nothing short of an astonishing accomplishment after all the drama that occurred in the offseason. Plus, Oregon was predicted a few weeks ago to only be having a 21.2 percent chance of actually making the tournament. Buckle up folks because the Ducks are proving the doubters wrong! As shown above, the Ducks are granted a first round bye and will thus have an extra day to prepare for their match-up against either Oregon State or Colorado.
So far this year, Oregon is undefeated against both Oregon State and Colorado. In this case, the favor is obviously in the Ducks as they’ve shown since the beginning of the season that miracles can happen. Yes, that’s right I said miracles. What head coach Dana Altman has done this season has been nothing short of something found only in movies. He took a group of guys who practically never played together and found a way to make them play together. Twenty three games folks, my hat truly goes off to Altman and what he’s done for the Oregon’s basketball team this year.
With that being said, it’s safe to say that the Ducks are in a great position now. However, they shouldn’t take the foot off the gas pedal and celebrate after a great regular season. Let’s go for it! Chasing and hopefully, beating the national champion is ultimately a stretch. But, the Ducks are not about losing. We want to “Win The Day”, and Oregon will certainly do that as March Madness slowly approaches.
Top Photo by Kevin Cline
Hey! My name is Austin Willhoft and I’m currently a freshman at the University of Oregon studying Journalism. I lived my whole life down in sunny and beautiful Laguna Beach, CA where I completed all of my prior education. I always have been into sports writing/reporting mostly due to the fact that I love watching, analyzing, and playing all kinds of sports. However, if I were to narrow it down between two sports, it would be basketball and football, both of which I played heavily in high school. I’m thrilled to be working for FishDuck.com and most importantly being a third generation to attend the UO. Sko Ducks!
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