Oregon clinches second Pac-12 regular season title since 1945

With its win over USC on Saturday, Oregon clinched its second outright conference championship since 1945.

The Ducks defeated the Trojans 76-66 behind strong performances from Tyler Dorsey and Elgin Cook, who scored 19 and 17 points respectively. The story of this game was a 20-minute power outage in the first half that stopped play with 5:27 left in the first half.

Not even the outage could slow down Oregon’s play though, as the Ducks moved to 25-6 overall and 14-4 in the Pac-12. They won 11 of their last 13 games, with only a brief hiccup in the Bay Area with losses to Stanford and California. This game was pretty indicative of what we’ve seen all season from Oregon. The Ducks just have a variety of ways to beat you on the offensive end. Even if Dillon Brooks doesn’t have things going — and today he did not, only going 1 of 6 from the field and scoring three points — other guys pick it up in his place. All seven of Dana Altman’s regular rotation players are capable offensive weapons, which makes them such a tough team to stop.

The Ducks should feel relatively good about tracking toward a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, given their lofty standing in the RPI and their now 10-3 mark against the top-50 this season. If they go into Las Vegas and win the Pac-12 Tournament, they might even be able to play their way up to a No. 1 seed if things broke the right way.

Overall, just a terrific season from Altman and company, and it’s not over yet.

Tyler Dorsey had another big game in his hometown against USC. (USATSI)
Tyler Dorsey had another big game in his hometown against USC. (USATSI)

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