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This week’s update:
DUCKS vs BEAVS in VEGAS!
There will be the renewing of the rivalry between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers on the hardwood Friday night in Las Vegas (Coverage at 5:15 on 750 The Game, the Radio.com App and iHeart Radio App). Just five days after the two programs met in Corvallis – a 80-67 Ducks win – they will meet again, this time in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament. Of course, this would have been a quarterfinals matchup last year, when Oregon State beat Utah in the first round and earned a shot at the top-seed Ducks, but the game was canceled hours before tip-off due to due concerns over covid-19. This time, though, basketball fans in our state won’t be robbed of seeing Ducks and Beavs in the postseason.
Oregon (20-5, 14-4 Pac-12) is the top-seed in the Pac-12 Tournament and is coming off a quarterfinal win over Arizona State on Thursday, 91-73. LJ Figueroa scored a season-high 21 points in the win. ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi currently has the Ducks sitting as a projected 6-seed in his field of 68 should they run the table and be the automatic qualifier from the Pac-12 Conference.
Oregon State (15-12, 10-10) is the five-seed in Vegas and is coming off a thrilling, gritty, comeback win in overtime over the 4-seed UCLA Bruins in the quarterfinals, 83-79. The Beavs trailed by as many as sixteen points in the first half, and were down ten at halftime, before rallying to victory. The semifinals run is as far as the Beavs have advanced in the conference tournament since 2012.
The Ducks are an 8.5-pt favorite on the point spread from MGM. Don’t miss Oregon and Oregon State clash on 750 AM, and streaming on all our platforms.
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT on 750 The Game
In addition to the Ducks and Beavs, 750 The Game also airs the nightcap of Friday’s semifinal doubleheader between the two-seed USC Trojans and three-seed Colorado Buffaloes. The winners of both semifinals will meet Saturday night at 7:30 in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game, also on 750 The Game, televised on ESPN.
The Trojans are in the semis after a double-OT win over 7-seed Utah, 91-85, which saw star freshman Evan Mobley score 13 of his career-high 26 points in the extra sessions. Colorado edged a gritty 12-seed Cal 61-58 in the quarterfinals to reach the semis and USC. That game will follow the conclusion of Oregon-Oregon State.
The Tourney Looms
Don’t miss 750 The Game’s live special coverage of Selection Sunday this Sunday March 14th from 2pm-5pm. We’ll unveil the full field of 68, including where the Ducks and other Pac-12 teams get seeded, the matchups that draw the most interest, and start to fill out our brackets. The tournament begins with the First Four on Thurs., March 18th, with the first full day of games starting Fri. March 19th with the first round. All games in the tournament are being played in the state of Indiana. Be sure to check with 750TheGame.com regularly for the latest matchups and schedule updates.
And don’t forget to spring forward with those clocks on Sunday!
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