11:00 PM ET, March 16, 2013
LAS VEGAS -- Oregon hit bottom at the end of the regular season, its chances of a title washed away with consecutive losses.A week later, the Ducks are back on top, with a shiny new title to go with it: Pac-12 tournament champions.Shaking off a disappointing finish to the regular season, Oregon got the postseason off to a great start, completing a three-game run through the Pac-12 tournament with a 78-69 victory over No. 21 UCLA in the title game Saturday night.Next stop: the NCAA tournament.
Around The NCAA Tournament
MVP: Oregon's Carlos Emory recorded 20 points off the bench for the Ducks. He also finished with four rebounds and two steals. His effort in a reserve role exemplified UO's advantage with depth against a UCLA team that competed without standout Jordan Adams.
X factor: The Ducks battled inside all night. Proof? Travis and David Wear went 6-for-15 combined from the field in the loss.
That was...incomplete: You have to give Oregon credit for that win and the sudden surge after a late-season slump. But even Dana Altman admitted after the game that the matchup favored his team due to Adams' absence. It would have been great to see two completely healthy teams compete.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||29-61 (.475)||25-56 (.446)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-14 (.500)||6-10 (.600)|
|FT Made-Attempted||13-17 (.765)||13-22 (.591)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||16 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|