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Ducks Open Pac-12 Tournament Thursday

Mar 2, 2022

LAS VEGAS - After securing the No. 2 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, Oregon will open its postseason run against the winner of USC and UCLA in Thursday's quarterfinal at 6 p.m. in Las Vegas. The Ducks locked up a first-round bye in the tournament with a 73-65 win at Utah Saturday in the regular season finale and will aim to continue making their case to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Oregon will look to advance to the Pac-12 semifinals for the fifth time in the last six seasons while going for their 11th win in the last six conference tournaments dating back to 2017. 

GAME INFO
When: Thursday, March 3
Where: Michelob ULTRA Arena
Time: 6 p.m. PT
TV: Pac-12 Network
Play-By-Play: Krista Blunk | Analyst: Mary Murphy
Stream Link: https://pac-12.com/womens-basketball/event/2022/03/03/tbd-vs-oregon
Radio: KUGN 590 AM (Eugene); KPAM 860 AM (Portland)
Play-By-Play: Terry Jonz

NUMBERS TO KNOW
4.5 - Oregon is outscoring teams 547-418 in the fourth quarter this year, winning the fourth by an average of 4.5 PPG (18.9-14.4).
11 - Oregon's 11 games played in February were the most of any Power 6 conference team and second-most among all teams.
19 - Oregon players have combined for 19 20-point games this season, the most of any Pac-12 team.
25.8 - Oregon is holding teams to 25.8 percent shooting from three-point range over the last nine games. 
62.1 - Nyara Sabally, Te-Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers have scored 62.1 percent of Oregon's points since Jan. 7.

ALL PAC-12 TRIO
Oregon landed three players on the Pac-12 all-conference team as Te-Hina Paopao, Endyia Rogers and Nyara Sabally each earned all-league recognition from the league's coaches. The trio each earned All-Pac-12 honors for the second straight season while the Ducks were one of two teams in the conference to have three players honored (Stanford). They are combining to average 42.9 PPG on the season, and are the only trio of teammates in the Pac-12 averaging at least 13.0 PPG on the season, as Sabally ranks seventh in the league with 14.8 PPG while Rogers is eighth at 14.7 per contest and Paopao is 13th putting up 13.4 a game. 

CONFERENCE TOURNEY QUICK HITS
» Two-time Pac-12 Tournament champions (2018 & 2020).
» 14-18 all-time, including 10-3 since 2017.
» Second-most Pac-12 Tournament wins in the conference since 2017 (Stanford).
» 6-4 all-time in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals.
» 5-2 since the tournament moved to Las Vegas.
» Fifth straight first-round bye, eighth overall.
» Top-two seed for the fourth time in the last five years.
» 2-1 all-time in the conference tournament against UCLA and 0-1 against USC. 

TURNING UP THE PRESSURE
The Ducks have turned up the pressure defensively in recent games, and are currently second in the Pac-12 allowing 60.3 PPG. Oregon is also third in the conference in field goal percentage defense overall, holding teams to 37.8 percent shooting from the field. In the last nine games, the Ducks are holding opponents to 59.6 PPG while allowing them to shoot just 34.3 percent from the field, including just 25.8 percent from three-point range. 

FEBRUARY FRENZY
With the addition of a number of make-up games due to COVID postponements from earlier in the season, Oregon played 11 games in the month of February - two more than any other Pac-12 team. The Ducks' 11 games played since Feb. 1 are also the most of any Power 6 conference team. Additionally, no other Pac-12 team played three games in a week in February more than once while Oregon did  three times in the last month. The Ducks went the entire final month of the season without having more than two days off between games. 

Most Games Played Since Feb. 1 (Power 6)
Oregon - 11    
Miami (Fla.) - 10    
Nebraska - 10    
UConn - 10    

FINISHING STRONG
Throughout the season, Oregon has finished games strong owning a 547-418 (18.9-14.4 PPG) scoring advantage in the fourth quarter. The Ducks have won the final period 19 times, and are outscoring teams by an average of 4.5 points per game in the fourth. Oregon is holding teams to 33.3 percent shooting from the field in the final quarter and is also forcing 4.0 turnovers and out-rebounding teams by 2.4 per game in the final 10 minutes. 

» Outscored Colorado and Utah 53-39 on the final regular season weekend, winning the fourth against the Buffaloes 34-25 and the Utes 19-14. 
» The 34 points against Colorado are the third-most UO has scored in a fourth quarter in school history.