The No. 6 Oregon Ducks are the 2017 regular season Pac-12 Champions. For the first time in program history, UO claimed back-to-back regular season league titles. The Ducks finished their impressive regular season at 27-4, 16-2 Pac-12, 17-0 at home.
With their convincing win over Oregon State, 80-59, UO was awarded their sixth league crown in school history. The last five occurred in 1919, 1939, 1945, 2002 and 2016.
The 348th edition of The Civil War ended abruptly for OSU. The Ducks dominantly swept the Beavers by an average margin of 31.5 points per game in 2016-17.
Arizona “technically” assumes a co-partner role because they finished with an identical record of 27-4, 16-2 Pac-12. However, UO held the tiebreaker over the Cats after their convincing, 85-58, victory in Eugene. This writer DOES NOT acknowledge Arizona’s claim of this crown.
The Ducks’ current .870 winning percentage is the highest recorded in program history.
It was the first time Oregon won a league title in the state of Oregon since 1945. The previous two were clinched in Los Angeles, California.
The Ducks dominated the Beavers after a slow start on Saturday. Jordan Bell and Chris Boucher’s block party ignited a 10-0 Duck run with 1:16 remaining in the first half. Oregon ran away with the contest in the second half.
Wooden Watch Top 15 nominee Dillon Brooks led the way with a game-high 25 points. He finished 10-for-14 from the floor, as he played limited duty with foul trouble.
Brooks, Casey Benson (14) and Jordan Bell (13) combined to score 52 of Oregon’s 80 points (65 percent) in The Civil War.
Bell was especially dominant, as his NBA stock continues to rise. The junior recorded 13 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Ducks are now the No. 1 overall seed in the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas from T-Mobile Arena. Festivities begin on Wednesday, March 8 and will conclude Saturday, March 11 with the Pac-12 Championship Game.
The winner of Wednesday’s (8) Arizona State vs (9) Stanford game will play the Webfoots on Thursday at noon PCT from T-Mobile.
If Oregon should win their game on Thursday, they will avoid (2) Arizona and (3) UCLA in the semi-finals on Friday.
It has been an incredible ride thus far, but Oregon is just getting started. For those who bleed green and yellow, Saturday was welcomed with open arms.
This team is never satisfied. They’re hungry for more, much more. The current trending hashtag amid Duck players is #MoreRings. If that doesn’t encapsulate the feel around the Oregon locker room, nothing will.
Addicted To Quack will continue to provide our extensive Duck coverage throughout their March journey.