- No. 23 Oregon (7-2) set a school record in points with a 128-59 win over Savannah State on Saturday, behind a career-high 29 points from Tyler Dorsey. The win marked the Ducks’ fifth straight, having beaten Boise State and Western Oregon earlier in the week, and their 30th straight at Matthew Knight Arena, the fourth-longest active streak in the country. Kansas (45), South Dakota State (32) and Stephen F. Austin (31) round out the top three, as No. 11 UCLA (9-0) ended No. 1 Kentucky’s 42-game streak earlier in the day, 97-92.
Jordan Bell bringing down the house!
- Looking at Oregon’s next opponent, Alabama went 1-1 this past week with a 76-46 win over Charleston Southern on Tuesday and a 77-68 loss at Texas on Friday. The Ducks and Crimson Tide both take a week off before facing one another in Eugene on Dec. 11.
- Around the rest of the Pac-12: On Saturday, No. 4 Kansas stomped Stanford (6-3), 89-74. First-year Cardinal coach Jerod Haase suffered a rare loss at the Phog, having gone 42-0 as a Jayhawk from 1994-97… Cal (6-1) actually held onto a lead through the final buzzer, taking care of Alcorn State, 83-59. The Golden Bears had blown 20-point leads in two of their three straight wins leading up to the game… No. 8 Gonzaga held on for a 69-62 win over non-conference rival No. 16 Arizona (6-2). The Wildcats had prevailed in their three previous meetings, setting the stage for the Zags’ revenge… Washington State (4-4) suffered its second loss at home in a week, falling 70-54 to New Orleans… Charlotte gave fans at Halton Arena a show, edging Oregon State (3-6) at home, 69-66… In its first game without offensive threat Bennie Boatwright (knee), USC (8-0) remained unbeaten with a 91-84 win over BYU… Colorado (6-2) put Portland away, 76-63. The Buffs will need the momentum heading into Wednesday’s meeting with No. 7 Xavier… Arizona State (5-3) throttled UNLV, 97-73, tying a school record with 18 triples.
- Across the country: On Thursday, Cincinnati edged No. 19 Iowa State in an overtime thriller, 55-54. The win ended the Cyclones’ 37-game winning streak at home against non-conference opponents… On Saturday, No. 25 Press Virginia did what it does best to shock No. 6 Virginia, 66-57… No. 9 Baylor picked up its third win over a top 10 opponent, topping No. 7 Xavier, 76-61. The Bears have also beaten Oregon, ranked fourth at the time, and Louisville, ranked 10th at the time… Even without former Friar Kris Dunn (see below), Providence upset No. 21 Rhode Island, 63-60.
- Triple-double X2: No. 1 Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox and No. 2 Villanova’s Josh Hart both notched triple-doubles this week. Fox (14p/11r/10a) led the No. 1 Wildcats to a 115-69 rout of Arizona State on Monday, while Hart (16p/11r/10a) helped the national champion Wildcats to an 88-57 win over St. Joe’s on Saturday.
There it is! De'Aaron Fox posts just the second triple-double in school history and the first since Chris Mills did Dec. 27, 1988. pic.twitter.com/LOO2EOaizF— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) November 29, 2016
And a No. 1 ranking on Monday? pic.twitter.com/pzw3smg5iJ— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) December 3, 2016
- It may not feel like it for Ducks’ fans, but college football is still alive and well… No. 4 Washington claimed the Pac-12 title for the first time since 2000 with a 41-10 win over No. 8 Colorado on Friday, making a strong case for the College Football Playoff selection committee… Temple won the American with a 34-10 rout of No. 19 Navy on Saturday, which almost certainly allows undefeated Western Michigan to advance to the Cotton Bowl. (Oh hi, P.J. Fleck!)… No. 9 Oklahoma won its 10th Big 12 title under coach Bob Stoops with a 38-20 victory over No. 19 Oklahoma State… No. 16 West Virginia edged Baylor, 24-21, for the Mountaineers’ first 10-win season since 2007… Surprise surprise, No. 1 Alabama throttled No. 15 Florida, 54-16, to win the SEC for the third straight year… No. 3 Clemson beat No. 23 Virginia Tech, 42-35, which should secure the Tigers a spot in the CFP for the second straight year… And a team that lost to Pitt won the B1G title, as No. 7 Penn State topped No. 6 Wisconsin, 39-31.
All Things Ducks
- Women’s basketball (6-1) beat San Jose State last Sunday, 91-62. Freshman Sabrina Ionescu registered a triple-double in the blowout with 11 points, 12 boards and 11 assists. The feat marked the fifth in program history and the first since Stefanie Kasperski’s monster night (16p/12r/10b) against Arizona State in 1988.
- Women’s volleyball (21-10) saw its season come to an end on Friday, falling in four sets at No. 12 Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 22-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17. The Ducks will wave goodbye to graduating seniors Amanda Benson and Kacey Nady.
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