After going more than seven minutes without scoring to start the second half and squandering all of a 12-point lead, OR used a 15-3 run to take control and end a 17-game winning streak for the 13th-seeded Anteaters (31-6). Max Hazzard and Evan Leonard scored 19 points a piece against the Wildcats on a combined 7-for-15 shooting from 3-point land.
Durr got them going with two assists before adding the first of five 3-pointers in the game and a 4-point play. The match-up never seemed like a favorable one for Kansas State from the get-go and when it came down to it, playing in a UC Irvine friendly arena, Barry Brown not being the player he usually is, and not having Dean Wade resulted in the Wildcats exiting the tournament early. In the victory over Kansas State, he made five three-pointers.
After being winning a share of the Big 12 conference and being one year removed from making a run to the Elite Eight, the fourth-seeded Wildcats (25-9) had a short stay in the tournament as they struggled with the Anteaters zone defense.
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, OR is favored in this game, as the Ducks are getting odds of -4.5 points against UC Irvine.
Erin Boley added 14 points and was 4 for 8 from 3-point range.
Edwards and Simone Westbrook both scored 14 points for Clemson (20-13).
Ehab Amin started the second half by cheering on his OR teammates from the bench during a scoring drought that seemed like it would never end.
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PASSING FOR POINTS: The Ducks have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Anteaters.
OR is on a nice run right now, following that stretch of Pac-12 play and keeping things going in a great victory over Wisconsin. The Ducks made eight 3-pointers in the second half and held the Hoosiers to one triple after intermission.
King averaged 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season for Oregon.
Yeaney hit 3 of 4 shots in the first half for six points at the break.
70 - UC Irvine became just the third team this season (in 34 games) to score 70 or more points against K-State, joining Marquette and Iowa State. If your original pick is losing, you can switch it during live tournament games. The Anteaters connected on 44 percent (22-of-50) from the field, including 39.1 percent (9-of-23) from 3-point range, and shot 89.5 percent (17-of-19) from the free throw line.
The Ducks are a strong defensive team, allowing just 62.7 points per game while holding opponents to 39.9 percent shooting from the field and 29.1 percent from the arc.