Oregon State selected for CBI tournament
There will be at least one more college basketball game at Gill Coliseum this season after Oregon State was selected to play in the College Basketball Invitational. The Beavers (16-15) will host the Radford Highlanders (21-12) from the Big South on Tuesday. The winner of that game will advance to the quarterfinals to face the winner of South Dakota State and Old Dominion.
— From staff reports
Last season the Oregon Ducks won the Pac-12 tournament to make the NCAA tournament. This year it wasn’t quite as easy.
After slumping to start conference play, the Ducks (23-9) finished the regular season with seven straight wins, including a 64-57 victory over Arizona in the finale. They beat rival Oregon State to open the conference tournament before falling to UCLA in the semifinals.
“We feel like we really put in some work this season, and to go on a late run to make that opportunity possible, it definitely feels good,” Mike Moser said.
Earning the No. 7 seed in the West, Oregon heads to Milwaukee to face BYU on Thursday. It is Oregon’s 12th trip to the NCAA tournament.
The 10th-seeded Cougars (23-11) have also surged late, winning eight of their past 10 games.
But BYU was hurt in the West Coast Conference championship game when the team lost sophomore point guard Kyle Collinsworth to a knee injury. The Cougars lost 75-64 to Gonzaga. Collinsworth, who averaged 14 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists this season, tore his ACL and will need surgery.
“We’ve had a few practices and we’re all just going to have to step up because replacing Kyle, you can’t do it. We’re all going to have to step up, especially rebounding-wise,” said junior guard Matt Carlino.
Oregon won its first 13 games this season, jumping up to No. 10 in the AP rankings, before sliding with five straight losses. The Ducks would lose eight of 10 before rebounding to win the next seven.
“A month ago it was out of the question,” Johnathan Loyd told reporters after the tournament matchups were announced Sunday.
“We fought through adversity, we showed great character and we fought back so we could put ourselves in this situation. That’s what made it even sweeter when we saw our names up there in that seventh seed.”
Oregon hosted BYU in December and won 100-96 in overtime.
“Once you get past the emotion and excitement of being in the tournament, you get hit pretty hard with your opponent. We’re familiar with our opponent. I can remember the locker room in Eugene and the disappointment in our guys,” BYU coach Dave Rose said. “For a lot of reasons I think our guys will be really excited to play.”