LAS VEGAS — In Thursday’s second quarterfinal matchup, the Oregon Ducks and the Colorado Buffaloes were not only trying to advance to play in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals, simply they also were attempting to pad their NCAA Tournament résumé earlier Selection Sunday.
Mission accomplished for the Buffaloes as they won their second game against the Ducks this year.
No. iv Colorado (21-ten) defeated No. 5 Oregon (19-xiv) 80-69 at T-Mobile Loonshit.
Quincy Guerrier finished with 22 points. Jacob Young had 18 points, only he shot 7-for-18 from the field.
Evan Battey led all Colorado scorers with 19 points.
“Nosotros beat a really practiced program that’s won a lot of games and they’re very well-coached,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. “We knew this wasn’t going to be easy and it wasn’t.
“I thought defensively to hold them to 30 points in the first one-half — and in the second half, we traded baskets with them. Jacob Young was terrific and so was Guerrier.
“Nosotros establish a way to suspension it open up and beat a good team and we live to see another mean solar day.”
Neither squad shot the ball well during the first half. Colorado finished the first xx minutes shooting 35% from the field, while Oregon only made 28% of its attempts.
The Ducks only converted ane of its 12 three-point attempts (ix%). Oregon’s demote also had four points off the bench in the first half, which contributed to its six-betoken deficit at the half.
Oregon shot the brawl amend in the 2nd one-half. However, the Ducks lost both the rebounding and points in the paint battle. Colorado finished with 55 rebounds, compared to Oregon’south 42. The Buffaloes also had forty points in the pigment, while the Ducks had 28.
In a close game, that made all the divergence in a Buffaloes victory.
“We got beat on the boards bad,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “We were slow to loose assurance, simply a stride boring all day.
“They beat u.s. in the categories that matter. We didn’t play as well as we needed to, obviously and nosotros were a stride wearisome all mean solar day. Didn’t get it done and Colorado got usa and it was a disappointment.”
Oregon was looking to go along to Friday’southward semifinals with the hopes of playing its way into the NCAA Tournament. But this was again another frustrating game by the Ducks on both sides of the ball.
Unlike Wednesday’s game against Oregon State when Oregon had four players finish in double-figures, Guerrier and Young were the Ducks’ only main contributors.
Oregon clearly missed its best offensive player, Will Richardson, who is averaging 14.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.six assists and 1.3 steals per game. He didn’t brand the trip to Las Vegas for the conference tournament due to a non-COVID-19-related illness.
“Will since Christmas time has really helped u.s.a. try to lead,” Altman said. “He has been to two Sugariness 16s and has been on 2 Pac-12 Title teams and he has won a tournament, you accept to allow that feel testify.
“When he came dorsum from Christmas, I was really pleased with his effort to lead and to endeavor to get us going. He was a large reason why nosotros had a stretch where we played well. Nosotros missed him. We missed his depth, he’s basketball savvy as everyone we accept on the team and we missed that.”
Colorado volition play top-seeded Arizona at 6 p.yard. Friday in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals.
Colorado split up its two meetings with Arizona this flavour. The Buffaloes defeated the Wildcats 79-63 in their terminal meeting Feb. 26 in Bedrock.
After Thursday’southward loss, the Ducks will sit and wait to find out their postseason fate. The field of 68 volition be revealed during the NCAA Tournament Selection Testify at three p.grand. Lord’s day on CBS.
Because of the loss to Colorado, Oregon’s likely scenario is playing in the 2022 NIT as the brackets volition be revealed Dominicus following the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field. The get-go circular of the NIT will have place March 15-16 and the Ducks are probable to play at Matthew Knight Arena, considering their regular-season record.
Later 2 sequent NCAA Sweet 16 appearances iii sequent Pac-12 Tournament titles, Oregon will probable play in the NIT for the starting time time since the 2017-18 season.
Altman said he has no doubt if his squad would be motivated to play in the NIT after all the team’s success throughout the years.
“They’re competitors, they want to put the O on,” Altman said. “I would exist really disappointed if they didn’t. Everybody wants to go to the NCAA Tournament and I empathize that.
“Merely someday you have the opportunity to put Oregon on your chest — if that doesn’t mean anything to yous, there are a lot of guys that would be disappointing. At that place accept been a lot of good players that went to the NIT and at that place volition exist a lot of good teams in the NIT.
“I would be very disappointed if we get the invitation on Sunday if our guys weren’t excited virtually playing. I want to play and I hope our guys go the opportunity and take it. We are not too expert to play in the NIT, it’s nevertheless an honor and it’s an opportunity to play.”
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