College men's basketball: Ducks fly past Badgers

College men's basketball: Ducks fly past Badgers

OR has been the better offensive team lately.

"It showed everybody today, it wasn't a fluke", Pritchard said.

"We got a little out of character on the defensive end", Happ said "Our defense has held us together all season long and for that stretch there it got away from us". "We're here to win it".

OR won its ninth consecutive game and will play 13th-seeded UC Irvine in Sunday's second round in San Jose. With a first unit composed of four native Oregonians and one Washingtonian, coach Howard Hobson guided the "Tall Firs" to a 29-5 season record and Oregon's only NCAA basketball title. "I just have to get used to it for the upcoming games and doing it right from the get-go". OR forwards Louis King and Kenny Wooten said after the game that they had learned Happ's tendencies from film, and that anticipation showed in the second half.

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White then blocked a shot by Happ on one end and converted on an impressive alley-oop slap from Pritchard on the other to make it 46-37 with 12:31 to play.

This is the sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance for the Beavers, and the fourth time in the last five years Oregon State has hosted the first two rounds. Looming the largest was OR guard Satou Sabally, who struggled in the Pac-12 Tournament but regained her form with a 21 point, 16 rebound performance. "For those hoping to see 7'2" Bol Bol, they'll have to wait another year, as the big man is sidelined for the season with a foot injury. The Ducks lost three of their first seven games, including a home game against the Texas Southern Tigers. Bol, who averaged 21.0 points and 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in nine games, announced in January that his OR career was over and he'd be entering the 2019 National Basketball Association draft.

Happ had a couple pretty post moves, and the Badgers ended the half on a high note, as Trice found a cutting Khalil Iverson for a slam just a few seconds before the buzzer. The Ducks don't just excel at three-point defense though, ranking No. 26 overall in overall field goal percentage defense. They are also vulnerable in the interior, which would make sense after losing a towering force like Bol.

The Ducks shot 70.8 percent from the floor in the second half and made five of their six tries from 3-point range.

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