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The Oregon Ducks knocked off Arizona State on Thursday 80-61 at Matthew Knight Arena. It was a must-win after the Ducks dropped both games on the Mountain road trip at Utah and Colorado. Now the Ducks host Arizona at home on Saturday in a game that if the Ducks win, their chances to make the NCAA Tournament would be looking pretty good.
According to Joe Lunardi of ESPN bracketology, the Ducks were one of the last four teams in before their game against Arizona State. After the win, Lunardi has the Ducks as an 11-seed but also the automatic qualifier from the Pac-12. As the Ducks are leading the conference with a 6-2 record an 11-seed would mean that the Ducks are right on the bubble if they don’t win the Pac-12 conference tournament in Vegas. So the game on Saturday against Arizona, who despite the loss to Oregon State is a strong team, is crucial to the Ducks season.
CBS Sports Jerry Palm has the Ducks in a similar spot. Before the game against Arizona State, Palm had the Ducks as the first team out of the tournament. But after the victory over the Sun Devils he has the Ducks as an 11-seed, right in front of the first four. The game against Arizona, who is projected to be a #3 seed per Palm, is a gigantic opportunity for the Ducks to pick up a very quality win.
2021 was the last time the Ducks participated in the NCAA tournament. But if they can knock off Arizona on Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks could be in a good spot as we get closer to March.
Arizona will be at Oregon on Saturday. Tip off is at 2:30 p.m. on Fox.