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#Pac12Hoops set to back the quack as Oregon heads to Anaheim

Mar 22, 2016



1 - The seed awarded to OREGON, the program’s first-ever No. 1 seed and 16th all-time top seeding for the Pac-12 Conference dating back to the start of seeding for the NCAA Tournament in 1979. Of those 16 top seeds, OREGON is the 12th to reach the Sweet 16 and is aiming to become the ninth to advance to the Elite Eight and fourth into the Final Four (ARIZONA - 1988, UCLA - 1995, 2008).

5 - Including OREGON, the number of NCAA Division I teams with at least one victory in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments. Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina and Wichita State are the others.

7 - NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances by Pac-12 teams the last three seasons (2014 - 3; 2015 - 3; 2016 - 1), tied for the third-most of any conference (ACC - 12 [1, 5, 6]; Big Ten - 8 [3, 2, 3]; Big 12 - 7 [2, 2, 3]).

15 - Beginning with UCLA in 1992, the past 15 teams that have won the Conference’s regular-season title AND reached the Sweet 16 have also advanced to the Elite Eight.
>> ARIZONA (1994, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2014, 2015), OREGON (2002), STANFORD (2001), UCLA (1992, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2008).

77 - Years since OREGON captured the first-ever NCAA Championship in 1939. The Ducks’ renowned Tall Firs team defeated Texas (56-41), Oklahoma (55-37) and Ohio State (46-33) en route to the crown. Should OREGON defeat Duke, it could face Oklahoma for the right to go to the Final Four.


#BACKTHEQUACK: OREGON’s NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance marks the 53rd for Conference members dating to the introduction of seeding in 1979.
>> Should the Ducks continue to advance, it would mark the 24th time a league member reached the Elite Eight, and 11th time in the Final Four.

DOUBLE CHAMPS: OREGON won both the Pac-12 regular season and tournament titles this season, the ninth time a league member accomplished at least a share of both in the same year.
>> Of those nine dual champs, OREGON is the sixth to reach the Sweet 16 and is aiming to become the fifth to reach the Elite Eight (Arizona 2015) and fourth into the Final Four (Arizona 1988, UCLA 2006, UCLA 2008).

V FORMATION: OREGON’s 30 victories entering the Sweet 16 matches the school record set in 1945. The Ducks are the 21st team in the league’s 100-year history to reach the 30-win plateau.

Most wins in a season in Conference history:
35 - Arizona (1988), UCLA (2008)
34 - Arizona (2015)
33 - Arizona (2014)
32 - UCLA (2006)
31 - Stanford (2001), UCLA (1995)
30 - 14 tied

NORTHWEST BLOCK PARTY: With 214 total blocks entering the Sweet 16, OREGON would have set a new Pac-12 Conference record for most blocks by a team in a single season, except WASHINGTON amassed 224 rejections this season to best the prior record of 211 set by ARIZONA STATE in 2013.

TWO-WAY WATERBOY: OREGON’s 6-10 forward Chris Boucher, who played most of this season listed as a senior but was granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA on March 15, is the only player in Pac-12 Conference history to amass more than 100 blocks and 30 three pointers in a single season. His 109 blocks in 2015-16 are the fifth-most in one season in league history.

Jordan Bachynski, ASU - 133 (2014)
Jordan Bachynski, ASU - 120 (2013)
Mario Bennett, ASU - 115 (1995)
Rodger Farrington, ASU - 113 (1997)
Chris Boucher, ORE - 109 (2016)


1 - OREGON has reeled off 10 consecutive victories entering this week's West Regional in Anaheim. That's the second longest streak in the nation behind only Kansas' 16-game streak, and it all started after Pac-12 Coach of the Year Dana Altman provided the Ducks some perspective following a challenging mid-February road trip.

2 - OREGON went a perfect 18-0 this season and owns the nation's fifth-longest home win streak with 25 consecutive victories inside the Duck-friendly confines of Matthew Knight Arena. In case you didn't notice, the venue for the West Regional - the Honda Center - is also very Duck-friendly.

3 - Just like it did earlier this season with the Pac-12 All-Access feature above, OREGON is allowing a behind-the-scenes look at its team during the NCAA Tournament on CBS Sports' Team Confidential:

4 - Team Confidential moved off the court with the Ducks too, exploring the Art of the Athlete with Casey Benson, Jordan Bell and Dwayne Benjamin.

5 - Pac-12 Networks host Mike Yam and college basketball analyst Lamar Hurd examine OREGON's resiliency in advancing to the Sweet 16 and the Ducks' Thursday night matchup with Duke in the latest Hurd Mentality.