Bubble Watch: Oregon Ducks Cement Their Spot in NCAA Tournament With Win Over Arizona

By Matthew Sturgeon
Oregon Ducks, Arizona Wildcats
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The Oregon Ducks are finally off the dreaded “bubble” after notching a huge win over Pac 12 regular season champion and No. 3 ranked Arizona.

Today’s 64-57 signature win undoubtedly cements the Ducks’ spot in the upcoming NCAA tournament. Whoever it is they play when the tournament matchups are announced next Sunday, look out. Dana Altman‘s very talented team has now won seven-consecutive games and is one of the hottest teams in all of college basketball. As a likely double-digit seed in the Big Dance, Oregon is certainly a team that many of the country’s heavyweights will be hoping is not in their region.

Jason Calliste sparked the Ducks today with 18 points off the bench, including going 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc. Mike Moser was also terrific in the win as he picked up a double-double scoring 1o points as well as collecting 10 rebounds. On the Arizona side, freshman sensation Aaron Gordon led the way for the Wildcats as he had 21 points and grabbed eight boards.

The story of the game — which it so often does — ultimately came down to who made three-point shots, and who didn’t. The made field goal percentage and number of rebounds both teams had were nearly equal, but when it came to shooting the rock from the outside, Oregon clearly had the upper hand. The Ducks went 10-of-19 from three, while Sean Miller‘s Wildcats were just 2-0f-11.

At the end of the day, this loss essentially does nothing to Arizona. The Wildcats are still one of the best teams in the entire country and will absolutely be a No. 1 seed come tournament time. If anything, this loss — only their third of the season — will benefit them in the long run as they now have additional game film of things needed to improve upon and correct moving forward.

For Oregon, though, today’s win means everything. The Ducks are going dancin’ and they’ll be a major threat when they get to the dance too.

Matthew Sturgeon is a College Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @OfficialSturg27.

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