How Sweet It Is!
The shots fall early for Oregon, and continue to fall late, as the Ducks rolls over Saint Louis to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2007.
Oregon continues to pick a good time to play their best basketball of the season.
Saint Louis' stifling D was as good as advertised early in the game, forcing the Ducks into a litany of turnovers. The Billikens were able to parlay that into a quick 7-2 lead only four minutes into the game.
Then Carlos Emory checked into the game.
The senior knocked down four of his first five shots, propelling the Ducks on a 33-12 run to close out the half and putting Saint Louis in a hole they couldn't dig themselves out of.
In the second half, Damyean Dotson's hot shooting kept the Ducks afloat and prevented the Billikens from ever inching back into the game.
Dotson finished the game with 23 points, leading all scorers. Emory and E.J. Singler each chipped in with 14.
After corralling 17 rebounds Thursday against Oklahoma State, Arsalan Kazemi collected 16 against Saint Louis.
For they hype the Billikens received defensively, it was the Ducks defense who proved to be suffocating. Saint Louis finished the game shooting 38%, but only 3-21 from behind the arc.
Kwamain Mitchell was the top scorer for the Billikens, notching 18 points to go along with 5 steals and 3 assists.
The Ducks travel to Indianapolis next where they face the #1 overall seed Louisville.