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Ducks Face Belmont In NCAA First Round

Mar 17, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon earned its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and 17th in school history, securing the No. 5 seed in the Wichita Region. The Ducks will take on 12-seed Belmont Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. in the opening round of the tournament at 2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2.

Over the last four years, UO has enjoyed major success in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Sweet Sixteen each time and winning a total of 12 games since the 2017 tournament. The Ducks will also look to advance out of the first round of the tournament for the 10th time in program history. Saturday's game will be the first-ever between the Ducks and Bruins.

When: Saturday, March 19
Where: Thompson-Boling Arena (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Time: 2:30 p.m. PT
Play-By-Play: Eric Frede | Analyst: Tamika Catchings
Stream Link:
Radio: KUGN 590 AM (Eugene); KPAM 860 AM (Portland)
Play-By-Play: Terry Jonz

4.5 - Oregon is outscoring teams 588-450 in the fourth quarter this year, winning the fourth by an average of 4.5 PPG (19.0-14.5).
9.3 - Nyara Sabally leads the Pac-12 in rebounding since Feb. 6, grabbing 9.3 rebounds per game over the last 10 games.
12 - Oregon is tied for seventh nationally with 12 NCAA Tournament wins since 2017, winning at least two tournament games each year.
28.0 - Oregon is holding teams to 28.0 percent shooting from three-point range in the last 14 games since Jan. 30. 
62.0 - Nyara Sabally, Te-Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers have scored 62.0 percent of Oregon's points since Jan. 7.

» 17th NCAA Tournament appearance, fifth straight.
» Four straight Sweet Sixteen appearances. 
» One of six teams to make the Sweet Sixteen the last four years.
» 17-16 all-time, including 12-4 in four trips under Graves.
» Tied for seventh nationally with 12 NCAA Tournament wins since 2017-18 and one of eight teams with 10-plus wins since then.
» Secured a No. 5 seed for the second time in school history.
» Went 1-1 in the 1999 NCAA Tournament as a 5-seed. 

For the fifth time in the last six years, Oregon reached the 20-win mark in a season while finishing in the top two of the conference for the fourth time in the last five seasons. After dealing with a number of injuries to key players throughout nonconference play, the Ducks finally started to get healthy in January and ripped off eight straight wins from Jan. 9-Feb. 1 to move back into the national conversation. That streak was highlighted by back-to-back wins over top-10 teams in Matthew Knight Arena, as UO beat then-No. 7 Arizona and then-No. 9 UConn in mid-January. Oregon then battled through a gauntlet in February, playing 11 games in 26 days with six of those coming on the road. The Ducks played the most games of any power conference team in the final month and two more than any other Pac-12 team.

Oregon has enjoyed huge success in the NCAA Tournament in its last four trips to the Big Dance, owning a 12-4 record in the tournament since 2017. The Ducks have advanced to at least the Sweet Sixteen in each of their last four NCAA appearances, getting to the Elite Eight three times and the Final Four once in that span. All four of the team's Sweet Sixteen appearances have come in the last four trips to the NCAA Tournament while 12 of the program's 17 wins in the tournament all-time have come since 2017. Additionally, Oregon is one of six teams nationally to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in each of the last four tournaments while the Ducks' 12 wins are tied for seventh most in the country. 

Teams With Four Straight Sweet Sixteen Appearances
South Carolina

The Ducks have leaned on their defense to win a number of games throughout the second half of the season, holding opponents to just 35.7 percent shooting and 60.4 PPG over the last 14 contests. Oregon is also limiting teams to 28.0 percent shooting from three-point range while blocking 4.1 shots per game over that stretch. In the last 14 games, the Ducks have held four opponents to under 30 percent shooting from the field while holding 10 opponents to under 35 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Oregon has also held 11 of its last 15 opponents under their current season scoring average. 

Nyara Sabally has asserted herself as one of the more dominant players in the conference. She's averaging 14.7points and 7.6 rebounds over 23 games while shooting 52.9 percent from the field. An All-Pac-12 selection each of the last two years, Sabally has scored in double figures in 16 of the last 20 games since she returned from injury and leads the team with six 20-point games on the season. She also leads the league in rebounding since Feb. 6, grabbing 9.3 rebounds per contest. Sabally has also missed eight games this season due to injury. 

» All-Pac-12 selection for the second straight year.
» Named to the top 10 watch list for the Katrina McClain Award, honoring the nation's top power forward
» Eighth in the conference in scoring and fifth in FG pct.
» Earned CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 honors. 
» Six double-doubles on the year, three of which have come in the last four games.
» Double-digit rebounds in six of the last 10 games.

After missing the first nine games due to injury, Endyia Rogers has impressed in her first 22 games as a Duck. Rogers is tied for the team lead in scoring at 14.7 PPG while grabbing 4.1 rebounds and averaging 3.0 assists per game. The transfer from USC has been a steady presence on the offensive end, reaching double figures in scoring in 19 of her 22 games played, including each of the last eight games. Rogers is fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring since Jan. 21, averaging 15.7 PPG while scoring at least 10 points in 14 of 15 games over that stretch. She also went over the 1,000-career point mark on Feb. 23 at Colorado, now with 1,069 in two seasons at USC and one at Oregon.

» All-Pac-12 selection for the second straight year.
» Has led the team in scoring at team-leading eight times.
» Team-high 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting at Colorado. 
» Hit a game-winning put-back jumper with less than a second remaining in a Jan. 15 overtime win over Arizona.
» Played at least 34 minutes in each of the last nine games.

Oregon guard Te-Hina Paopao has been one of Oregon's go-to options offensively since returning from injury, averaging 14.0 PPG in 21 games since rejoining the lineup. Paopao has led or tied for the team-lead in scoring seven times, and has reached the 20-point mark five times, including in three straight games against Cal (21), Arizona (24) and UConn (22). Paopao also reached the 20-point mark against Oregon State (22) and Stanford (23). The sophomore has turned in a number of big games against quality opponents, averaging 17.6 PPG in five games against ranked teams. 

» Named All-Pac-12 for the second straight season. 
» Putting up 14.8 PPG while grabbing 5.0 rebounds and dishing out 3.9 assists in the last eight games. 
» Averaged 22.3 PPG vs. Cal, Arizona and UConn in January.