Team of the Week: Oregon Ducks

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Oregon put together the single-most dominant performance that we’ve seen to date this season.

They were hosting Arizona on Saturday. The Wildcats entered the day ranked No. 5 in the country. They were 10-0 in Pac-12 play, which included a win at UCLA. There was a growing crowd that considered Arizona, as of 3:59 p.m. ET, to be the best team in college basketball.

That all changed at 4:00 p.m. ET, because Oregon totally humiliated the Wildcats. They his 16 of their first 21 threes. They jumped out to a 38-11 lead and stretched it to 62-27. They threw more casual alley-oops than you’ll see the Harlem Globetrotters throw against the Washington Generals.

It was proof that Oregon, on their best day, can beat anyone in the country. But, perhaps more importantly, the win kept the Ducks in the race for the Pac-12 regular season title. Had they lost this game, Oregon would’ve found themselves two games out of first.

It’s also worth noting here that, on Thursday night, the Ducks outlasted an Arizona State team in a classic trap game. Dillon Brooks scored the final 12 points for the Ducks.

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  • Big 12 bubble teams: Iowa State, Kansas State and Oklahoma State put themselves into the NCAA tournament for the time being with wins at Kansas, Baylor and West Virginia, respectively. Even TCU added a couple of wins, beating Kansas State and Texas.
  • Florida: The Gators made a statement on Saturday, beating No. 8 Kentucky by 22 points to keep themselves within a game of first place in the SEC title race. That was the big win. But it wasn’t a fluke. The Gators went coming off three straight wins by at least 32 points.
  • Syracuse: The Orange added two come-from-behind wins to their résumé, erasing a 17-point second half deficit to win at N.C. State and a 12-point halftime deficit to knock off Virginia in the Carrier Dome. The Orange are now in the thick of the race for an at-large bid.
  • Purdue: The Boilermakers kept themselves in the Big Ten title race by knocking off two teams perched above them in the standings this week. On Wednesday, it was a 21-point win over Northwestern at home. On Saturday, they erased a 12-point deficit at Maryland to knock off Maryland by a point.
  • Xavier: The Musketeers may have lost Edmond Sumner to a torn ACL but they haven’t quit on their season. Xavier landed a pair of two-point wins over NCAA tournament teams this week, beating Seton Hall at home and going into Omaha and knocking off Creighton.
  • Wichita State: The Shockers evened up the race for the Missouri Valley regular season title with a 41-point win over Illinois State, who was previously undefeated in conference play and who had beaten Wichita State at home earlier this season.