OR beats Arizona State 79-75 in OT in Pac-12 semis

OR beats Arizona State 79-75 in OT in Pac-12 semis

Listless in the first half, the second-seeded Sun Devils (22-10) seemed to take control with an 18-1 run that turned a seven-point halftime deficit into an eight-point lead.

Seth Davis from The Athletic does not have the Pac-12 reaching the second weekend but he does have OR and Arizona State winning their first games.

"I've never seen a team make that drastic of a change in a three- or four-week period", coach Dana Altman said after the Ducks' 68-48 defeat of Washington in the Pac-12 championship game. Senior Jonathan Galloway made history by becoming the first player to win Big West Defensive Player of the Year in three consecutive seasons, while senior forward Elston Jones took home the honor for Sixth Man of the Year. They're a No. 5 seed in the South Region in the 2019 field and will open against red-hot OR (23-12) on Friday at approximately 3:40 p.m.in San Jose, California. "So all things considered, the four games we just played and time for travel, I think it is good for us".

Preview: Wisconsin and OR play contrasting styles and will be an interesting matchup.

The way the Ducks are playing, they're capable of reaching the Sweet 16.

In my opinion, this is a disgusting opening round matchup for Wisconsin.

There are those who will disagree, pointing to Oregon's poor performance for much of the regular season. The Beavers were visiting UCLA and were blanked on Friday, losing 8-0.

A conference on the rocks, a commissioner against the ropes and way too many teams not being competitive on the court ... the embattled Pac-12 has played perfectly into the webbed foots of the Oregon Ducks. However, there might be no team in the country hotter right now.

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Want your voice heard? He did just about everything for this Wisconsin Badgers team.

The Badgers are third in defensive efficiency according to kenpom.com. But the Badgers depend on Ethan Happ to do nearly everything, and Kenny Wooten could cause him problems.

Arizona State landed one of the play-in games where they'll face St. John's.

Wisconsin has three strong perimeter shooters surrounding Happ on offense. No. 6 Buffalo, 2 p.m. Friday No. 12 OR vs. The Vols' only losses this season have been to ranked opponents: Kansas, Kentucky, LSU and Auburn (twice). This is all very bad news for a Wisconsin team that has already been in an abysmal shooting slump over the last few weeks. The No. 2 seed Vols open Friday in Columbus, Ohio, against Colgate (24-10). Here is a brief recap of each team's season and how they could match up with the Badgers.

What the outcome of this contest will come down to in the end is which side finds a way to poke holes in the opposing defense just enough to string together a run or two.

Friday will feature two games in Eugene. The Ducks beat the Huskies by 20 points.

Wisconsin fans should be proud of the season the Badgers have put together, but look for OR to send them packing early, as the Ducks' hot streak continues and propels them into the Round of 32.

Badgers fall in a tight one, 64-60.

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