Oregon takes on Oklahoma in the Elite-8

The glue that holds the high-flying Ducks together in the 31 wins for the season has been guard Casey Benson. The 6-3, 185 pound sophomore scores at 6.3 ppg, pulls down 2.3 rebounds and has a phenomenal 4.8 assists-to-1 turnover ratio this season.

That translates to mean Benson hardly ever has a turnover and for the guy who has his hands on the ball the most, that is a major accomplishment.

Coming into the season however, Benson wasn’t penciled in as the starter. Dylan Ennis, a transfer from Villanova was supposed to be the point guard but an injury right before the season altered that plan and even though Ennis tried to comeback, he was only able to get one game in before his foot problems flared up again and now when you see him with his teammates, his foot is in a walking cast and he uses a scooter to help him get around.

That unfortunate injury however gave Benson the opportunity to become one of the headiest players in the country. He is so sure handed that he can survey the floor and find an open man or if need be, pull up for a nice, soft, left-handed jumper that comes in very nicely as it did in Thursday’s game against Duke, when Benson finished with 11 points.

All of Benson’s skills are going to be needed on Saturday when the Ducks get the chance to advance on to the Final-4 but first they have to deal with the No. two seed in the West, Oklahoma. The game is scheduled for 3:09 p.m. Pacific and will be carried on CBS. 

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