Oregon Ducks earn fourth seed for the final Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament

Oregon guard Jackson Shelstad celebrated a three-pointer as the Oregon Ducks hosted the Utah Utes.
Oregon guard Jackson Shelstad celebrated a three-pointer as the Oregon Ducks hosted the Utah Utes. / Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA

The Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament is just two days away and the bracket is finalized. In the endmost championship for the conference, before it dissolves into oblivion, the Oregon Ducks have earned a fourth seed and a first-round bye.

Defeating the Utah Utes on Saturday helped the Ducks cement their top-four place in the Pac-12 and Oregon won’t see postseason action until March 14, day two of the tournament.

The Ducks will be facing either Civil War foe Oregon State or the five-seed UCLA Bruins in the quarterfinal round.

The Beavers and Bruins will match up around 2:30 p.m. PT in Las Vegas, NV at the T-Mobile Arena. Fans can catch all of the first-round action on Pac-12 Networks.

Ahead of the clash between Oregon State and UCLA, Washington and USC will vie for a spot in the quarterfinals against the top-seeded Arizona Wildcats.

Following the Bruins and Beavers in the first round will be the California Golden Bears against the Stanford Cardinal. The Final first-round matchup will be between Arizona State and Utah.

The winner of the Bay Area Brawl (Cal vs. Stanford) will have to face the two-seed Washington State Cougars. Meanwhile, the victor of ASU and Utah’s game will see the Colorado Buffaloes in the quarterfinals.

A downloadable bracket is available on the Pac-12 site along with histories of the conference and NCAA Tournaments.

Currently, guard Jermaine Couisnard leads Oregon in points and steals with 15.5 and 1.6 per game, respectively.

Freshman forward Kwame Evans Jr. leads the team on the glass with 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Freshman guard Jackson Shelstad has 3.0 assists per game for the most by a Duck this year.

The Ducks are currently scheduled to play at 2:30 p.m. PT on March 14, following Arizona’s game against USC or Washington.

Oregon is currently 20-11 overall and 12-8 against Pac-12 opponents. Head coach Dana Altman is heading into his 14th postseason with the Ducks.

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