Ducks, Beavers get tournament pairings

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4CAST: NCAA women, Oregon men, PSU men, Thorns
Staff report

Fresh off the first Pac-12 Tournament championship in program history, the Oregon Ducks women's basketball team was seeded second in the West Region on Monday in this year's NCAA Tournament.

The Ducks will host the first two rounds of the tournament, looking to extend their school-record 30-win season against No. 15 seed Seattle University on Friday in Matthew Knight Arena - a game that will be televised at 4:30 p.m. by ESPN2.

The No. 2 seed is the highest in school history, ahead of the No. 3 seed earned by the 1984 team.

The Ducks play host to two first-round games Friday. No. 7 seed Green Bay and No. 10 seed Minnesota will meet Friday at 2 p.m., followed by the Ducks and Redhawks. The winners will meet Sunday for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.

Oregon is playing in the Spokane Regional, and thus could stay in the Pacific Northwest by winning twice this weekend.
The Ducks were a 10 seed in the tournament last year, but played into the Elite Eight before losing to Connecticut.

Oregon State was seeded third in its bracket and will play in Knoxville, Tenn, for a spot in the Sweet 16. The No. 6 seed Beavers will take on 11-seeded Western Kentucky on Friday.
 
Should Oregon State advance, it will play Sunday against the winner of No. 3-seed Tennessee and No. 14-seed Liberty. The second-round winner will head to the Sweet 16 at the Lexington Regional.
 
This season marks the fifth-straight season Oregon State has made the NCAA Tournament, the most consecutive tournament runs in program history. The Beavers head to this year's NCAA Tournament with a record of 23-7, as the team has notched its fifth-straight 20-win campaign.

Oregon State has reached the Sweet-16 in back-to-back seasons, including a Final Four run in 2016.

2. OREGON NIT

The Oregon men's basketball team plays host to Rider tonight at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon, which reached the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals but missed a spot in the NCAA - UCLA and Arizona State got in, is 22-11 overall. Rider, 22-9, won the regular-season title in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, but missed out on the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by not winning the MAAC tournament. It's the first-ever meeting between the schools. Rider is located in Lawrenceville, N.J.

3. PSU CIT

The Portland State Vikings were selected Sunday to take part in the CollegeInsider.com Post-season Tournament. The Vikings will await their opponent from Monday's first-round CIT games and play at a location and on a day later this week to be determined later today.

4. PORTLAND THORNS PRESEASON

The Portland Thorns play again Wednesday and Saturday Merlo Field in preparation for the start of the season, March 24. Wednesday's game is against the U.S. National Under-23 squad.

ALSO

The Portland Winterhawks play again Friday against Seattle at the Moda Center.

The Western Oregon men's basketball team suffered a season-ending loss at home in the NCAA Div. II West Region final against Cal Baptist, losing 80-76. The Wolves finished the season 31-2.

Oregon State baseball, the defending national champions, returned to No. 1 in the college rankings.

 

 

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