Ducks see Beavers before tourney bid
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The Oregon Ducks are confident that they'll get an NCAA Tournament bid, but first they play host to Oregon State on Saturday (3 p.m., McArthur Court).
The Beavers have competed well lately -executing on offense and shooting better - while the Ducks have survived a 2-6 midseason skid.
Oregon is 12-4 in games decided by eight points or less. Last year, the Ducks went 2-14 in those games.
• Portland State (18-12) has a legitimate shot at winning the Big Sky Conference tournament next week and going to the NCAA tourney. The Vikings, who open Saturday against Montana State, have the pieces - good guard play, scorers, shooters, role players and posts.
'We're determined to go to the NCAAs,' says Deonte Huff, a guard who has scored 65 points in the past three Big Sky games and grabbed 18 boards in the regular-season finale against Idaho State. 'I think we have the most talented team in the Big Sky. And I think we can compete in the NCAA Tournament.' Whoa, first things first. …
• Scott Morrison says fellow post Anthony Washington's January addition and newfound positive attitude helped solidify the Viks. 'He's been upbeat,' Morrison says. 'There haven't been any concerns.' Morrison says he even accepted coming off the bench last weekend while 'Dub' started.
• The West Coast Conference men's and women's tournaments take place this week at the Chiles Center. Women's first-round games are noon and 6 p.m. Thursday, the men's are at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday. The women's semifinals (noon) and men's quarterfinals (6 p.m.) are Saturday.
The women's championship (1 p.m.) and men's semifinals (6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.) will be Sunday. The men's championship will be 6 p.m. Monday.
• Warner Pacific (26-5) plays host to Eastern Oregon (23-7) at 7:30 tonight for the Cascade Conference tournament title. The winner gets an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II tournament. The highly ranked Knights will get an at-large berth, if they lose. Scott O'Gallagher, the Cascade player of the year, has 61 points and has hit 30 of 33 free throws in two tournament games.
• It's all over for Lewis and Clark (19-7), which lost to Whitworth 66-60 in Saturday's NCAA Division III Northwest Conference title game. That snapped the Pioneers' 10-game winning streak. But the Pios, like Warner Pacific, have no seniors.