By Steve Gress

Corvallis Gazette-Times

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No. 9 Oregon St. at No. 3 Oregon

When: 6 p.m. Friday

TV: Pac-12

Oregon’s 84-44 Pac-12 women’s basketball domination at Stanford on Sunday received plenty of high praise from some of the game’s most well-known analysts.

Rightfully so.

While the Ducks remained at No. 3, they received three first-place votes in The Associated Press poll on Monday morning.

Later Monday, Oregon was one of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA selection committee’s first reveal of the top 16 seeds after Sunday’s games.

The Ducks would be the top seed in the Portland Regional along with No. 2 N.C. State, No. 3 Iowa and No. 4 Gonzaga.

Oregon State would be a No. 3 seed in the Albany Regional along with No. 1 Mississippi State, No. 2 Connecticut and No. 4 Miami.

Stanford is the No. 2 seed in the Chicago Regional with No. 1 Louisville, No. 3 Marquette and No. 4 Iowa State.

The Greensboro Regional has No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 Notre Dame, No.3 Maryland and No. 4 South Carolina.

Sunday was the Ducks’ first win over the Cardinal on the road since 1987 and it was the worst loss ever for legendary Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer.

“I told everybody all week, ‘This team has never lost to Stanford,’” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said after Sunday’s rout. “What they’ve done in the years before these kids were born … who cares? We don’t talk about it. We talk about the game. And we didn’t even talk about this game until yesterday.”

The Ducks have won 16 straight games heading into Friday’s first of back-to-back Civil Wars with Oregon State, including three by 40 points — Washington State 98-58, USC 93-53 and Stanford 84-44 — and two of those were on the road.

“They’re playing outstanding basketball, they’re a veteran team, they’re as efficient as any team in the country offensively,” Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said in his postgame radio interview following Sunday’s 82-74 Beavers win at California.

“And now they’ve got defense to match. The defense is getting there and they’re switching things up. They can score from all five positions all game long and they’re playing exceptionally confident and that’s a great win for them and a great trip down here.

“It’s time to go to work on Civil War.”

The Ducks ended Oregon State’s recent stranglehold on the series with a 75-63 home win last season.

The Beavers had won 14 straight against Oregon, including a thrilling 85-79 overtime win two days before at Gill Coliseum.

Destiny Slocum, Oregon State’s redshirt sophomore point guard who sat out last season while with the team, said the rivalry is fun.

While the Beavers are certainly the underdogs, Slocum said they are putting no thought into that.

“It would be nice to go in there and just focus and play Beaver basketball,” she said in a radio interview Sunday. “It’s nothing different than the game we played (Sunday). Just having to execute and make sure we’re all on the same page defensively and offensively and go have fun. What a fun rivalry. There’s going to be a lot of people at both games so it’s going to be fun.”

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