Game #9-556: Oregon Ducks vs. Saint Louis BillikensMarch 23, 2013 7:10 pm
San Jose, CA
In the round of 32 in San Jose, the first game of the afternoon matched fourth-seeded Saint Louis University with the (underseeded?) twelfth-seeded University of Oregon. The Billikens (28-6) reached this game by defeating WAC Champion New Mexico State 64-44 on Thursday; they had won their prior five games consecutively, including a sweep through the Atlantic Ten tournament, defeating Charlotte, Butler and VCU on consecutive days. The Ducks (27-8) got to this game by defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys 68-55; Oregon's four-game win streak included wins over Washington, Utah, and UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament. The two programs had only met once, a 1976 Oregon victory in Portland's Far West Classic.
This is Saint Louis's eighth appearance in the NCAA tournament, representing the Missouri Valley, Great Midwest, Conference USA, and Atlantic Ten conferences each twice; the Billikens' all-time tournament record is 5-8.
Oregon was making its eleventh appearance in the NCAA tournament, carrying a record of 13-9 into this game. Since winning the very first eight-team NCAA tournament in 1939 and three more appearances through 1961, their road to the tournament was blocked by the conference-champions-only rule during the dominant period of John Wooden's UCLA teams. Elite Eight appearances occurred in 2002 and 2007, and this is the sixth Oregon tournament appearance in the past fourteen years.
The Saint Louis band played the national anthem...
Starting lineups were introduced...
The game began with Oregon winning the opening tip, Saint Louis showing a zone then reverting to a man defense, and the Ducks playing a trapping zone all over the floor. The game started off fairly even. SLU forward Dwayne Evans scored six of the Billikens' first ten points. After ten minutes they led Oregon 15-14; reserve forward Carlos Emory had eight of the first sixteen points by the Ducks. Oregon's defensive intensity increased significantly for the remainder of the half, and they outscored Saint Louis 21-4 in the remainder of the half, led by seven points from forward Damyean Dotson. A Johnathan Loyd superhoop at the end of the period made the score 35-19 at the intermission.
As they often do, shooting percentages told the story: Oregon 60%, including 4-6 from outside the three-point arc; Saint Louis 29%, missing all ten three-point attempts. Oregon led in rebounding as well, 16-13, and had two fewer turnovers (5-7). Evans' six points led the Billiken effort; he failed to score in the final ten minutes of the half. Emory ended the period with ten points; Dotson added nine.
The second period started with two Evans layups, and after Arzelan Kazemi converted an offensive rebound into the first Oregon basket of the half, Kwamain Mitchell's superhoop for SLU brought the Billikens within eleven. Dotson responded with an Oregon superhoop, and layups by each team brought the difference back to the halftime margin of sixteen. Another 9-4 Billiken run keyed by guard Jordair Jett once again brought the difference to eleven. The Ducks, led by three superhoops from Dotson, blew the game open with a 15-2 stretch. With seven minutes to go, the Ducks led 60-39 before the "dagger" third superhoop by Dotson; strangely enough, this was the same margin by which the Billikens led New Mexico State with three minutes to play in Thursday's game, the point when the benches began to clear. The Billikens outscored the Ducks 18-11 for the rest of the game, repeatedly fouling E. J. Singler to stop the clock in the final seconds. Singler only made three of six tries, but Kazemi's alley-oop dunk from Loyd finished the scoring. Final score: Oregon 74, Saint Louis 57. The second half was close (Oregon 39-38), but the first half margin was far too much for the Billikens to overcome.
As you might expect from the score, the shooting percentages converged in the second period (Oregon 46%, Saint Louis 44%). Three Billikens scored in double figures: Mitchell with eighteen, Evans sixteen (and nine rebounds), and Jett eleven. Oregon's Dotson led the scoring with twenty-three; Singler and Emory added fourteen each. Kazemi got sixteen Oregon rebounds (ten in the second half) including seven offensive boards.
Coach Jim Crews' Billikens have only three seniors on their roster; losing Cory Remekun, Cody Ellis, and Kwamain Mitchell will certainly hurt, but only Mitchell was in the starting lineup during the tournament, and they will be a force again in the A-10. The Ducks advance to the Sweet Sixteen to meet tournament top-seed Louisville on the following Friday.
As I wrap up my final recap of this season, I want to thank commissioner Kyle Whelliston for his herculean efforts in keeping the midmajority afloat through nine seasons; congratulate each of the other five teams for their efforts in bringing the myriad stories of mid-major basketball to the internet; marvel at the profligate output of Hickory Picket Fences captain Ray Curren (Ray: I don't know how you did this all season; I attended twenty-eight games in March and it nearly killed me.); say how much I enjoyed meeting in person Brendan Loy, Ross Lancaster, and Stephen Langston during my March travels; give special thanks to Kenny Ocker for an INCREDIBLY LARGE SEASON; and profusely thank my Ballyfest Destiny teammates, Kevin Price, Dominic Pody, Craig Caswell, Parks Smith, and Craig Hanford, for what has been a challenging, fun and interesting season.
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Conferences and teams we have seen and written about
Atlantic Coast: Virginia, Wake Forest
Big East: Georgetown, Syracuse
Big Ten: Michigan, Purdue
Conference USA: Southern Mississippi, UTEP
Mountain West: Air Force, New Mexico
Pacific 12: Oregon, Southern California
Atlantic Sun: Kennesaw State, South Carolina-Upstate
Atlantic 10: Butler, Charlotte, Dayton, Duquesne, George Washington, La Salle,
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, Saint Bonaventure, Saint
Joseph's, Saint Louis, Temple, Virginia Commonwealth, Xavier
Big Sky: Weber State
Big South: Campbell, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Liberty, Longwood, Presbyterian, Radford, Winthrop
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Independents: New Orleans
Ivy League: Dartmouth, Pennsylvania
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Ohio Valley: Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech
Patriot: Lafayette, Lehigh
Southern: Davidson, Elon, Samford, Wofford
Southland: Oral Roberts, Southeastern Louisiana
Southwestern: Texas Southern
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NCAA Division III Heartland Coll. Ath. Conf.: Hanover
NAIA Division 2 independents: Northern New Mexico, Rochester (MI)
USCAA Division 1 independents: Southern Virginia
USCAA Division 2 independents: Central Penn
OREGON 74, SAINT LOUIS 57
OREGON 28-8 (12-6) -- A. Kazemi 4-6 0-0 8; D. Dotson 8-12 2-3 23; E. Singler 4-6 5-8 14; C. Emory 6-10 1-3 14; J. Loyd 3-7 2-2 9; D. Artis 0-7 0-0 0; T. Woods 2-3 0-0 4; W. Austin 1-1 0-0 2; B. Carter 0-1 0-0 0; C. Baker 0-0 0-0 0; N. Lucenti 0-0 0-0 0; W. Moore 0-0 0-0 0; F. Richardson III 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-53 10-16 74.
SAINT LOUIS 28-7 (13-3) -- D. Evans 8-13 0-1 16; K. Mitchell 5-11 6-8 18; M. McCall Jr. 0-6 0-0 0; J. Jett 4-8 2-3 11; C. Ellis 1-5 0-0 2; R. Loe 0-5 5-8 5; G. Glaze 1-2 0-0 2; J. Barnett 1-3 0-0 2; C. Remekun 0-0 1-2 1; J. Manning 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 14-22 57.
Three-point goals: ORE 8-11 (E. Singler 1-1; J. Loyd 1-2; C. Emory 1-1; D. Artis 0-1; D. Dotson 5-6), SLU 3-21 (K. Mitchell 2-7; C. Ellis 0-4; J. Barnett 0-2; D. Evans 0-1; J. Jett 1-3; R. Loe 0-2; M. McCall 0-2); Rebounds: ORE 37 (A. Kazemi 16), SLU 23 (D. Evans 9); Assists: ORE 18 (J. Loyd 6), SLU 11 (K. Mitchell 3); Total Fouls -- ORE 19, SLU 15; Fouled Out: ORE-None; SLU-K. Mitchell.
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