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Slingin Quack: Sweet 16 Preview

Rusty is back hosting a discussion about Oregon’s matchup against Michigan and some talk of women’s basketball.

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Slingin’ Quack is back for a preview episode of the sweet 16 matchup against Michigan. We open the show with a brief discussion on the women’s basketball program, which toppled Duke to advance in the women’s NCAA basketball tournament. Kelly Graves has done a great job of turning the team around from what it was in 2014.

We move on to discuss the game against Michigan. The Wolverines opened as 2-point favorites but the line has since moved to -1.5 even though the Vegas Power Rankings have Oregon as a 1-point favorite.

Michigan is probably the hottest team offensively having shown that they can score inside, like they did against Louisville, and outside the arc, like they did against Oklahoma State. The key to this game rests on which team will have the fewest lapses in production. Michigan needed a full 40 minutes to advance twice and Oregon has shown many times this season that the offense can dry up, sometimes more than once a game, and allow teams big runs to get back into the game.

Bigby-Williams has been filling in for Chris Boucher and while he serves as a good defensive player he doesn’t have the full skill set that Boucher had. It will be interesting to see how the substitutions are used during the game and if Dorsey can keep the hot hand for another game. This team is largely dependent on how well Brooks does and every game from now on has the potential to put a stud athlete on Brooks and try and pressure him.

It will be an exciting game at 4:09 pm PST. The winner will play the winner of Kansas-Purdue on Saturday.

We finish up discussing football with spring practice around the corner. Also, we play “Taggart or the Illuminati” where we try to guess whether the tweet was sent by Willie Taggart or by the account for the Illuminati.