The NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 tips off on Thursday with the final game of the night being one of the more intriguing matchups. The No. 1 Oregon Ducks survived the weekend and will take on the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils, who powered through the first two rounds in the West.
The Blue Devils (25-10) held off No. 13 UNC-Wilmington 93-85 in the first round and then battled for a 71-64 win over No. 12 Yale. Grayson Allen has stepped up his game, posting 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the first game, and then 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the second.
The Ducks (30-6) rolled through No. 16 Holy Cross by a score of 91-52 in the first round, which allowed them to rest their starters. They needed all the help they could get against No. 8 Saint Joseph’s as the Ducks beat them 69-64 despite being down for most of the game. Chris Boucher led the way with 20 points in the Holy Cross rout, while Dillon Brooks poured in 25 to help Oregon move on past Saint Joseph’s.
These programs have met just once with the Blue Devils thrashing the Ducks 98-71 in Portland, Oregon back in November 2010.