Ducks try to advance to Final Four

St. Louis, MO - The defending national champion and top-seeded Florida Gators (32-5) take on the Pac-10 tournament champion Oregon Ducks (29-7) this afternoon with a trip to the Final Four in Atlanta at stake. Oregon is making their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance, and has advanced to the regional final for the fourth time in school history.

In a tight struggle, the Gators lead the Ducks 40-38 at halftime. Oregon has been led by Aaron Brooks with 14 points, including two three pointers and Malik Hairston with 12 on 6-8 shooting from the field.

Florida has used their physical presence inside to dominate Oregon on the glass and get the Ducks into early foul trouble. The Gators claimed 15 of the games first 20 rebounds, and have put Joevan Catron and Maarty Leunen in early foul trouble with three and two fouls respectively.

Florida's starting guards, Lee Humphrey and Taureen Green, have been hot from the perimeter, combining for six three pointers and outplaying Oregon's backcourt to this point. Humphrey has 14 points to lead the Gators and Green has added 10.

Oregon has done a good job on the Gators NBA ready front line, limiting Al Horford and Joakim Noah to a combined eight points.

The Ducks have been hot from the field hitting 15-26 shots in the first half for 57 percent shooting. The Ducks quickness has bothered the Gators resulting in numerous turnovers helping to offset Florida's rebounding advantage.

Oregon's 29 wins are tied for the second most in school history with the NCAA champion Tall Firs of 1939. One more victory will match the school record set in the 1944-45 season.

Tajuan Porter continues to break records in his remarkable freshman campaign. Oregon's 5'6" point guard is the all-time Pac-10 freshman three point marksman and has set a Duck record in the process with his 108 threes on the year.

Porter has also set the school all-time scoring mark for a freshman against UNLV by becoming the first Duck to surpass 500 points in his freshman season. Additionally, Porter set an Oregon record for points in a NCAA tourney game with 33 against the Running Rebels.

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