The Oregon Ducks still have life on the NCAA Tournament bubble following their 98-93 overtime upset of No. 14 Arizona.
Playing on Senior Night against a program with multiple scandals swirling, Oregon survived a double-double from Deandre Ayton — 28 points and 18 rebounds — en route to the win. Elijah Brown was brilliant with 30 points, a game high.
Oregon is now 19-10 overall and 9-7 in Pac-12 play while Arizona dropped to 22-7 and 12-4 respectively.
Here’s the full game stats from ESPN:
— Oregon Men’s Basketball (@OregonMBB) February 25, 2018
Oregon is still alive for the NCAA Tournament: The Ducks’ win over the Wildcats was Oregon’s first victory over an RPI top 25 team of the season. Coming off a victory over Arizona State earlier in the week, Oregon all of a sudden got two big boosts to its resume.
Ayton cannot be stopped: Allonzo Trier suspended? No problem. An FBI scandal directly involving you hanging over your head? So what? Deandre Ayton was an animal despite the loss — he had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds by halftime. Arizona cleared the big man to play in the game despite Sean Miller’s departure from the sidelines. Regardless of any outside circumstances, it appears Ayton seems focused on producing while on the floor.
Elijah Brown can plug a leak at the charity stripe: Not only did Brown score 30 points, but half of those came on a 15-of-17 performance from the line. Coming into the game, Brown had only missed four foul shots all year — although he’d never taken more than nine in a game. His consistency on his free throws allowed Oregon to keep Arizona at arm’s length in overtime.
This steal and dunk by Troy Brown was the second field goal of a 13-0 run in the second half that turned a 64-55 deficit into 68-65 lead for Oregon.
— Karley Gauthier (@karleygauthier) February 25, 2018
What’s next for Oregon, Arizona Basketball
Oregon travels to Washington State on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
As for Arizona — what’s next is a loaded question these days — it hosts Stanford on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT on FS1.
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