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Quack Fix: Ducks prepare for NCAA tournament rematch with Oklahoma State

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


  • The Ducks are going dancing, and they'll face a familiar opponent in their opening game. On Sunday, the NCAA tournament field was unveiled, with Oregon drawing the No. 8 seed, facing Oklahoma State on Friday in Omaha. Back in 2013, the Ducks, then a No. 12 seed, defeated the Cowboys 68-55 on their way to the Sweet 16.
  • Should the Ducks advance to the Round of 32, they'll have their hands full in the West region. The biggest downside with drawing the No. 8 seed is that they will likely face Wisconsin, a No. 1 seed, in the next round if they beat Oklahoma State on Friday. The Badgers have lost just once in the past two months, and that was to a very talented Maryland team on the road.
  • In the recruiting world, Oregon snagged an early commitment in the 2016 class as Theo Howard, a 4-star wide receiver, verbally committed to the Ducks. Howard, who visited the campus this weekend, chose Oregon over other schools such as Michigan, USC, Notre Dame and Nebraska.
  • On the baseball diamond, the Ducks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over California. Oregon got four no-hit innings from starter Jack Karraker and scored three runs in the seventh for their first Pac-12 win of the year. Oregon now returns home for the first Pac-12 series of the year at PK Park against Arizona State, beginning on Friday night.
  • Anytime the Ducks beat the Beavers, it's a good day. Oregon softball did just that, capping off a sweep over the Beavers with a 9-0 win at Howe Field on Sunday. Cheridan Hawkins gave up just two hits as the Ducks run-ruled the Beavers in five innings.