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The Cinderella Run Continues After Oregon Beats UC Irvine, 73-54

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Wooten, Pritchard and Amin led the Ducks to victory

San Jose was packed with loud and proud Oregon fans to see two of the hottest teams left in the tournament. Those fans were treated to an exhibition put on by the Oregon defense. UC Irvine’s Max Hazzard had the most trouble with Oregon’s matchup zone and had a rough outing for the Anteaters. U of O continues their ten-game winning streak while UC Irvine’s seventeen-game winning streak was snapped. The Ducks now have played in the Sweet 16 in three of the last four seasons. Plus, #12 Oregon is the highest seeded team remaining in the tournament. Keep on dancing, Ducks.

Oregon Ducks:

(Starters)

Louis King - 16 Points, 4-7 3PT

Paul White - 8 Points

Francis Okoro - 2 Points

Kenny Wooten - 11 Points, 8 Rebounds, 7 Blocks

Payton Pritchard - 18 Points, 7 Assists, 4 Rebounds

(Reserves)

Will Richardson - 4 Points

Ehab Amin - 12 Points, 6 Rebounds, 3 Steals, 4-4 3PT

Miles Norris - 2 Points

Victor Bailey Jr. - 0 Points

UC Irvine Anteaters:

(Starters)

Jonathan Galloway - 9 Points, 11 Rebounds

Tommy Rutherford - 10 Points

Robert Cartwright - 14 Points

Max Hazzard - 7 Points, 1-8 3PT

Evan Leonard - 11 Points

(Reserves)

Elston Jones - 3 Points, 9 Rebounds

Tonight’s Observations:

  • Ehab Amin was a huge spark off the bench and was playing both sides of the floor. He is the glue that keeps this team together.
  • Max Hazzard of UC Irvine had a quiet night thanks to Oregon’s double teams. He was held to 2 points in the first half.
  • Despite the 12 point lead going into halftime, Oregon lost the rebounding battle in the first half to UC Irvine, 21-14.
  • The Ducks took good care of the rock as there was only 2 Oregon turnovers after twenty minutes of play.
  • Oregon ended the first half on a 18-8 run.
  • The second half was a slow start for the Ducks. They started 0-11 from the field and didn’t score their first points until 12:27. The Oregon turned the scoring up a notch thanks to the three-point shooting clinic they put on.
  • The scoring for the Ducks came mostly from beyond the arc. 13-25 on three pointers for Oregon.
  • The Oregon offense was clicking on all cylinders. The defense was even better thanks to a special night from Kenny Wooten.
  • If Kenny Wooten played a full season, he would have to be considered for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award. Wooten had 7 blocks tonight (tied his career high for the third time).
  • Dana Altman tied Ernie Kent as the most winningest coach in Oregon history at 235 wins.

#11 Oregon now plays against #1 Virginia in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday. The ball will be tipped at 9:59 PM ET on TBS. This game should be similar to the first round matchup against Wisconsin based on the fact that both teams have a strong defense.

*Arden Cravalho is a senior at Gonzaga University... Follow him on Twitter @a_cravalho