And just like that, we have no more Pac 12 teams in the NCAA Tournament. The last one standing, the Oregon Ducks, lost Friday night in the Midwest regional semifinals to the top seed in the tournament, the Louisville Cardinals 77-69.
It started out quite bad for Oregon, as they trailed by quite a bit in the first half. They recovered, but the Louisville offense was just too much as the Cardinals led 45-31 at halftime.
Oregon gained ground in the second half, but it was pretty much a game of catch-up, or is it ketchup, or catsup…Either way, Oregon couldn’t catch Louisville.
Four Oregon starters had double-digit points, led by E.J. Singler, who scored 15. Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson both scored 12 points, while Arsalan Kazemi finished with 11. Carlos Emory scored 10 points off the bench for the Ducks.
In other news, Worldwide Wes was in attendance, but didn’t have a special access pass or something.
Oregon finishes the season with a 28-9 record. Had the Ducks reached the Final Four, it would have been their first 30 win season since 1944-45. The team that year, coached by John Warren, lost in the regional semifinals.
The Ducks claimed ultimate Pac 12 survivor status when Arizona lost in the West semifinals to Ohio State Thursday night. What the prize is that comes with conference basketball immortality, I’m not really sure. Maybe they get a cool trophy, maybe not. They should receive some kind of award for their efforts though and not Lutefisk. We can do better than this, Pac 12 and NCAA.
For more information on this immortality thing, please consult your local library. In the mean time, enjoy the rest of this tournament. Apparently there was a nut punch, plus other crazy things during the Kansas-Michigan game. And yes, I said nut punch.