Kelly Graves’ Ducks may have ended the regular season and PAC-12 tournament on a sour note, but they have the opportunity to redeem their season now that they have been selected to be a 6-seed in the NCAA Tournament in the Alamo Region.
After finishing with a 13-8, 10-7 record and back-to-back losses to their rival, Oregon Women’s Basketball is looking to cleanse their palate with a tournament run, though they’ll have to do it without Te-Hina Paopao for at least the first two rounds of tourney play.
It was announced on ESPN’s selection show that aired earlier today that the Ducks would take on 11-seed South Dakota (19-5, 12-2) in the first round on Monday at 7 PM PT on ESPN2. Should the Ducks beat the Coyotes, then they’ll face either 14-seed Drexel (14-8, 8-6) or (more likely) 3-seed Georgia (20-6, 10-5).
Half of the PAC-12 made it to the Big Dance, including 9-seed Washington State (who made it to the tourney for the first time in 30 years), 8-seed Oregon State, 3-seed Arizona, 3-seed UCLA, and 1-seed Stanford.
Hopefully the Ducks can match their same energy from the 2016 season in which they made a surprise trip to the Elite Eight behind a couple of promising freshman by the names of Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard.