Oregon wasn’t supposed to be here. Not just because they were going up against Kansas — who looked unbeatable after winning 3-straight games by 20 points or more — but because they had every reason to cash in and call it a season, especially after they lost their heart and soul big in Chris Boucher to an ACL tear in the Pac-12 tournament. But apparently no one told that to Tyler Dorsey, who has freaked since Boucher went down.
Or Jordan Bell — whose defense and rebounding turned the tournament on its head — the Big Man absolutely SNATCHING SOULS as the Ducks laid a beatdown on a Kansas team that looked unbeatable and in effect was playing a home game, just 40 miles from their own arena… Bell dominated that game. 11 points were one thing. But 13 boards. 8 BLOCKS. And after he did it, Bell said, “I think I controlled the game on the defensive end.” He was right. He did.
Kansas came in having scored 90 or more in their three tournament wins, but Oregon locked them up, and harassed them into a season low, and limited them to just 1-15 beyond the arc in the second half. Kansas looked unstoppable coming in, but Oregon was tougher, more aggressive and was able to impose their will on the Jayhawks and probably 15,000 of their fans. Don’t sleep on the Ducks!