Oregon Ducks Basketball

NIT 2012 Bracket: Oregon Ducks Sure to Survive to the Final Four

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08:  E.J. Singler #25 of the Oregon Ducks drives against the Colorado Buffaloes during the quarterfinals of the Pac12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Paul GrossingerAnalyst IIMarch 20, 2012

It's time for a major Pacific-12 rivalry game!  The Oregon Ducks face off against the Washington Huskies and they are sure to triumph and advance to the NIT Final Four.

On paper, these two rivals look fairly even and their NIT Elite Eight matchup should be very close.  Many fans thought the Washington Huskies deserved a shot in the NCAA tournament.  These two teams met twice in the regular season and each won on its respective home court.

But Oregon should benefit from the fear factor.  The Ducks embarrassed the Huskies, 82-57, in their win over Washington this season.  Oregon has played very well in the tournament and the Huskies will undoubtedly come in worried that they could face another beatdown at the hands of their rivals.  

The Ducks will also win because of the the scoring versatility of their stars.  E.J. Singler is averaging 13.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and two assists a game.  He often goes on hot shooting streaks and went 9-of-10 in their win over Iowa.  

Garrett Sim is their long-range threat, averaging 47 percent on the season from three-point range.  And Olu Ashaolu is their X-factor, an inconsistent star but one capable of huge performances like the one he had against Iowa to send Oregon to the NIT Sweet 16.

So, it's going to be a tough matchup for the Ducks.  But, they have a mix of players who can get the job done and they know how to beat the Huskies, which will get them to the NIT Final Four.  

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