Monday, March 26, 2007

Ducks Fell Short to the Swans..

Oregon Ducks 77, Florida Gators 85

Oregon’s trip to the NCAA Tournament ended Sunday in the Midwest Regional title game as defending national champion Florida defeated the Ducks, 85-77. Inside, outside, early, late - the Gators find a way to get it done when there's a title at stake.

The win sends the Gators (33-5) on to the Final Four, where they meet UCLA in a national semifinal game in Atlanta on Saturday. It was their 16th straight postseason victory, a stretch that includes one national championship and two Southeastern Conference titles while the loss stopped the Ducks (29-8) one win short of the school record for victories in a season.

Oregon was trying to get to the Final Four for the first time since winning it all in 1939, the first year of the NCAA tournament. But the Ducks (29-8) were done in by foul trouble the entire game and Tajuan Porter going cold. Porter, the 5-foot-6 guard who went off for eight 3s and 33 points in Friday night's regional semifinal, didn't make his first field goal until there were 40 seconds left in the game. He finished with 10 points but was just 2-of-12 from the field.

Aaron Brooks led the Ducks with 27 points. Malik Hairston added 18 before he became the first of three Oregon players to foul out. Lee Humphrey topped the Gators with 23, including seven three-pointers. Three other Gators also scored in double figures, Taurean Green with 21 and Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah each with 14.

Next stop for the top-seeded Gators: Atlanta, where they'll play UCLA in the national semifinals in a rematch of last year's championship Game. Florida won that one in a rout, 73-57, for its first national championship - and the first half of what would turn out to be the Gator Slam.

When Florida beat Ohio State for the national football title in January, the Gators became the first school to be champs in both sports at the same time.Now Florida (33-5) would like to win both crowns in the same calendar year. And make a little history as the first team since Duke in 1991-92 to win back-to-back basketball titles - and the first ever to do it with the same five starters.

Anyway, Go Pac-10, Go UCLA Bruins!!

Adios Brooks! Thanks for returning to UO and turned it to be one of the most entertaining year. All the best in NBA, I'll be rooting whatever team you're playing for

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