Ducks get NIT home game
COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
The Oregon Ducks, a year after playing in the Final Four, are headed to the NIT with their young team and a 22-12 season record.
Oregon will open the 32-team tournament on home at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Rider (22-9 and the regular-season Mid-American Conference champion).
Oregon's Pac-12 champion women's team will learn its NCAA Tournament schedule on Monday. The Ducks are expected to host the first two rounds at Matthew Knight Arena, with the men's team working around that.
The NIT has four brackets, each seeded 1-8. The first three rounds are played at the higher-seeded team. Oregon is a No. 3 seed; Rider is seeded sixth. The winner will meet Marquette or Harvard in the second round at a date to be determined, March 16-19. Notre Dame is the top seed in Oregon's eight-team sub-bracket.
Also in the NIT field from the Pac-12: USC, a No. 1 seed, to play host to UNC Asheville; Stanford, a No. 3 seed, facing BYU; Washington, a No. 5 seed, going up against Boise State; and Utah, a No. 2 seed, meeting UC Davis.
Saint Mary's of the West Coast Conference is a No. 1 seed in UW's part of the bracket.
The NIT semifinals will be at New York's Madison Square Garden on March 27. The championship game is set for there on March 29.
NIT games will consist of four quarters and have the 3-point line extended by about 20 inches to the same distance used by FIBA for international play (22 feet, 1 3/4 inches). The free-throw lane will be 15 feet wide instead of the standard college 12 feet. And the shot clock will reset to 20 seconds instead of 30 after an offensive rebound.
The Duck men beat Washington State and Utah in last week's Pac-12 tournament at Las Vegas, Nevada, before falling to USC in the semifinals.
This is the first time in six seasons the Ducks have missed the NCAA men's tourney. The Big Dance field for 2018 announced Sunday included only one Pac-12 team — champion Arizona, a fourth seed playing Buffalo at 6:40 p.m. Thursday in Boise, Idaho.
UCLA will take on St. Bonavenutre in a 6 p.m. Tuesday First Four game at Dayton, Ohio, to determine who advances to the 64-team tournament. Arizona State also is in a First Four game, facing Syracuse at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Dayton.
• Portland State (20-13) will play in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Their opponent will be determined after Monday's four games, at a date, time and site to be determined as well.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S TENNIS
Washington State 4, OREGON 3
• The No. 21 Ducks couldn't finish with the lead at home as their season record slipped to 10-4 overall and their Pac-12 mark went to 1-1.
WSU, ranked 50th, climbed to 15-1, 1-0.
North Dakota 4, PORTLAND STATE 3
• The Vikings nearly got their first win, but North Dakota prevailed at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver, Wash.
PSU (0-9 overall, 0-5 in the Big Sky) got wins at Nos. 1-3 singles, but UND won at Nos. 4-6 and took the doubles point, winning at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions.
Singles winners for the Vikings: No. 1 Siena Peri in three sets, No. 2 Eszter Zador in straight sets, and No. 3 Alli Valk in three sets.
COLLEGE MEN'S TENNIS
PORTLAND STATE 4, Eastern Washington 3
• The Vikings knocked off the Eagles in Cheney, Washington, by winning four of the six singles matches. It's PSU's first-ever win there.
No. 1 Nathan Boniel of PSU won 6-4, 6-4. Other Viking winners were Avery West in three sets at No. 3 singles, Otto Holtari at No. 4 singles in three sets, and No. 6 Majeed Bukhari in three sets to clinch the team victory.
Portland State improved to 9-6 ovearll and 4-2 in the Big Sky.
Eastern Washington dropped to 6-7, 2-4.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S LACROSSE
Stanford 19, OREGON 8
• The 18th-ranked Cardinal got the first five goals and cruised to the victory in Eugene.
UO fell to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-12. It was the Ducks' first loss in four home games this season.
Stanford is 4-3, 1-1.
Senior defender Jill Zubillaga led Oregon with four goals on 10 shots..
COLLEGE MEN'S GOLF
• Oregon was tied for seventh out of 14 teams at the Bandon Dunes Championships after the first of three days play on the Pacific Dunes course.
Oregon, the defending champion, shot a 2-over-par 286.
No. 22 Arizona State was in the lead at 10-under, with No. 15 Clemson and Utah tired for second, both four strokes behind.
Norman Xiong led Oregon with a 3-under 68, good for a share of seventh.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S GOLF
• Oregon began the day in seventh place out of 13 teams and moved up to a fifth-place finish in the Lady Gator Classic, Gainesville, Florida.
The Ducks had a 27-over-par 867 total.
Florida won at 840, 12 better than co-runners-up Furman and Campbell.
Oregon's Petra Salko tied for fifth at 2-over 212.
COLLEGE ACROBATICS AND TUMBLING
Quinnipiac 274.585, OREGON 272.230, Gannon 271.930
• The Ducks placed second in a three-team meet at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.