Oregon vs Portland State : Oregon vs Portland State will be prohibitive favorites Friday in the first round on NCAA Tournament. The NCAA women’s basketball tournament begins on Friday and three Oregon teams are in this year’s big dance. Oregon has been selected as the No. 2 seed in the Portland region and will face instate opponent and No. 15 seed Portland State on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena.
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No. 7 Oregon women’s basketball opens its third-straight NCAA Tournament at home Friday night against instate-opponents, 15-seed Portland State, in the first round of the Tournament. The No. 2 seed Ducks (29-4) host the first two rounds of the Tournament at Matthew Knight Arena for the second-straight year.
“This game is the most important game of the year because it’s the one that we’re playing right now and the one that we’re guaranteed,” Oregon junior guard Sabrina Ionescu. “We were that team that came in as a 10-seed and upset teams that overlooked us.”
Oregon ended conference play behind a loss to No. 6 Stanford in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game, while the Vikings (25-7) are coming into the weekend with momentum off a Big Sky Tournament championship victory, securing the Vikings a spot in the NCAA tournament. The Vikings are looking for their first ever NCAA Tournament win, behind a 16-point upset of Big Sky regular season champions and No. 1 seeded Idaho in the conference tournament semi-finals.
Oregon has won 26 of the last 28 games against their northern neighbors, with the last Viking victory over the Ducks coming in 2012 in Eugene. Behind back-to-back Elite Eight runs, the Ducks are 6-2 in the NCAA Tournament in the last two years alone and are hoping to advance past the Regional Final for the first time in program history.
“We know that they’re a potential Final Four team, but we’re excited about the opportunity to come here and play the best basketball we can,” Portland State head coach Lynn Kennedy. “We’re trying to take a couple things away from them early on and then hopefully get into the third quarter.”
Portland State’s 25 season wins is the most of any 15-seed, and the Vikings have lost just three more games than the Ducks this season. The Vikings outshoot Oregon from the free-point line 79 percent to 77 and outrebound the Ducks averaging 39.6 a game to Oregon’s 37.5.
Meanwhile, the Ducks’ offense averages 86.1 points per game compared to the Vikings’ 71.7 and their average scoring margin is over 11 points more than the Vikings.
Portland State is the only Big Sky team to make it to the NCAA Tournament, while the Pac-12 boasts six teams, including two No. 2 seeds and No. 4 Oregon State.
Redshirt sophomore guards Sidney Rielley and Ashley Bolston are two of Portland State’s primary outside threats, while six-foot, four-inch forwards Courtney West and Jordan Stotler dominate the Vikings post.
“I think Sidney Rielly is a Pac-12 caliber player. She’s got good range, handles it pretty well and she’s a slasher,” Oregon head coach Kelly Graves said. “Bolston is one of the better players we’ve played this year. She isn’t their leading scorer, but she impacts the game in more ways than anyone they have.”
According to Head Coach Kelly Graves, the Oregon Ducks are looking to get their mojo back in the NCAA Tournament. Oregon lost in the Pac-12 Tournament nearly two weeks ago against the Stanford Cardinal. The team has had a chance to rest after a three-day gauntlet and to prepare for a homecoming of sorts that could take them all the way to the Elite 8.
Oregon opens the 2019 Women’s NCAA Tournament as a 2 seed in the Portland Regional. They host Portland State on Friday night. The Vikings are the 15 seed and playing in just their second ever NCAA Tournament after finishing the regular season at 25-7. PSU set a Big Sky Conference record with 25 wins this season and have some momentum with the Conference Defensive Player of the Year Courtney West.
own finishing the regular season with just four losses and a 16-2 mark in the Pac-12 Conference. The Ducks and Vikings have faced each other in recent years but did not play each other this season.
Kelly Graves, fresh off a new extension has an Offense putting up over 85 points per game, good enough for third in the NCAA entering the NCAA Tournament. Sabrina Ionescu is primed to break out in the postseason. She currently holds the mark for triple-doubles for both the Men’s and Women’s game at 17. She could put on a show on Friday night against Portland State.
For the Oregon Ducks, injuries hit late in the season. Ruthy Hebard missed limited time with a knee injury but returned. Taylor Chavez missed all three games of the Pac-12 Tournament with a foot injury. Graves said earlier this week that he expects Chavez to play but is not sure when she will see the floor in the NCAA Tournament.