Oregon Tops Duke, 82-68 to advance to the Elite 8.

The No. 1 seed Oregon Ducks relied on a stingy zone defense and patient offense that produced a school record of 22 assists to top No. 4 seed Duke, 82-68. Dillon Brooks was Oregon’s high point man with 22 points and he was helped along by four other Ducks who scored in double-digit figures.

The game was a showcase for Oregon’s athleticism and the Ducks took full advantage as they led for all but two occasions in the first half and at halftime the Ducks were up 36-31. However in the second half Duke could get no closer than six points at the 15:54 mark, but from then on it Oregon built led by as much as 16 at 3:03 left in the game.

While Brooks was the high man in scoring, he also dished out six assists. Elgin Cook added 16 points, nine rebounds and one blocked shot, while Jordan Bell contributed 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Casey Benson had 11 points and eight assists and Chris Boucher also had 11 points, four rebounds and a block.

For the game Oregon shot 49.2 percent from the field on 32-of-65 shooting including an impressive 10 three-pointers but was uncharacteristically cold from the free throw line hitting only 8-of-17 from the line. Oregon out rebounded Duke 42-32, and had the 22 assists to Duke’s 12.

Duke was led in scoring by Brandon Ingram’s game high 24 points. Grayson Allen had 15 while Luke Cannard had 13.

The Blue Devils shot 44.1 percent in field goal shooting including hitting seven 3-pointers and like the Ducks, struggled from the free throw line completing a slightly better 9-of-15 from the charity stripe.

Oregon will now face No. 2 seed Oklahoma, who won in the earlier game against No. 3 seed Texas A&M, 77-63.

The Oregon-Oklahoma game will be this Saturday at 3:09 Pacific.


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