Field Goal %
- ORE 52.8
- 37.7 SLU
Three Point %
- ORE 72.7
- 14.3 SLU
- ORE 18
- 12 SLU
- ORE 39
- 31 SLU
- Line: SLU -3.5
- 0th Half
Saint Louis scored 57 points on 69 possessions Saturday, its second-lowest offensive efficiency in a game this season. The Billikens shot 27.3 percent in the half court in the first half against Oregon and never recovered from a 16-point halftime deficit.
Oregon shot 60.0 percent (12-20) outside the paint on Saturday, the best field goal percentage from that distance in any game in the last two Men's Basketball Championships. The Ducks made eight of their 11 3-point field goals (72.7 percent) against Saint Louis, the highest 3-point shooting percentage for any team in a tournament game since March 19, 2004 (Boston College vs Utah).Damyean Dotson scored 17 of Oregon's 32 points outside the paint Saturday and made a career-high five 3-point field goals.
This is the 6th straight year a 12-Seed or lower has made the Sweet 16, the longest such streak since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. The next-longest streak is 5 years, from 1990-94.
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Players like Maryland's Melo Trimble and Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes could have bolted for the NBA draft, but their fans should be glad they're back in school.
Another competitive nonconference tournament will take place in November after it was announced that Duke, North Carolina, Florida and UConn would be part of the Phil Knight Invitational.
Four star small forward Justin Smith committed to Indiana on Monday night after also considering Villanova. The No. 80 prospect in the ESPN 100 officially visited both the Hoosiers and the Wildcats before deciding to head to Bloomington.