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Oregon Ducks face Maryland Terrapins in Sweet 16 showdown

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Former K-State coach leads new squad in familiar place

BEEN THERE BEFORE: Kansas lost to Villanova in the Elite Eight a year ago, while OR fell in the same round to Oklahoma. "I don't think there's really an answer for it".

The NCAA Tournament resumes tonight with four games on tap.

Shout out to Northern Iowa.

Off the heels of their thrilling win in the Sweet 16 over MI, the 3rd seeded Ducks look to topple Number 1 Kansas Saturday night, earning the team their first trip to the Final Four in 78 years. Kansas averages 83.9 points per game on offense for the season while allowing 71.8 on defense. But despite fans' excitement, the Jayhawks failed to clinch a berth to the Final Four in a devastating 74-60 loss.

HEADLINING NAMES: The Midwest final features a national player of the year candidate in Kansas' Frank Mason III and a preseason Associated Press All-American in Oregon's Dillon Brooks. What happens if the Jayhawks miss a few of their three-pointers early?

Thursday night was a restless one for Kansas assistant coach Jerrance Howard. Kansas senior forward Landen Lucas will be going up against the team he grew up rooting for. Unlike Purdue, which featured bigger, slower posts, the Ducks can keep up with Kansas' admittedly stellar guards.

OR showed it wasn't going to roll over from the opening tip. While Kansas boasts a consistent offensive threat, it lacks that same consistency on defense and at the charity stripe. I know a lot of guys on our team has been underdogs, but I just enjoy it.

The bus carrying the Ducks to Sprint Center on Saturday passed right by the Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City, where thousands of Jayhawk fans were rallying hours before the tipoff. Also, expect to see at least 25 from Jackson who should have more space thanks to the great play of Mason recently.

Let's focus just on these Ducks. They'll certainly need both in order to keep up with Dillon Brooks and his prolific OR offense.

This team is flat-out good. They are without their leading shot-blocker, Chris Boucher, who is out for the season.

The Ducks seemed intent on working the ball inside, and through Hebard specifically, despite the fact they came into the game ranked fourth in three-point percentage nationally. Florida State had 16 steals total, and Slaughter also contributed 11 points and eight rebounds. Brooks scored for OR and Vick answered to tie the game 16-16 before Kavell Bibgy-Williams made a free throw and Casey Benson added a layup for Oregon.

Nearly a year later, the Ducks are just two wins away from glory.

"During the game I had to let it go". "Bill has a way of getting the best out of each of his team". Call me insane, but I'm going with the junior over the freshman. He had been considered a likely one-and-done National Basketball Association prospect all year and called Friday's loss "my final game for UCLA". That, kids, is called foreshadowing.

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