NCAA TOURNAMENT • SECOND ROUND
9:30 p.m. at Oregon • TV, radio: ESPN2, 93.3-FM
Ducks a formidable test on their floor
Preview: Coming off their first NCAA tournament victory since 2009, the 10th-seeded Gophers (24-8) play second-seeded Oregon (31-4) in the second round. The Gophers trailed Wisconsin-Green Bay by 13 points in the second half Friday but outscored the Phoenix 30-13 in the fourth quarter to win 89-77. Meanwhile, the sixth-ranked Ducks dominated No. 15 seed Seattle on their home floor in an 88-45 victory in Friday’s other first-round game in Eugene, Ore. Pac-12 Player of the Year and All-America G Sabrina Ionescu recorded her NCAA-leading 10th career triple-double with 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in only 29 minutes. Oti Gildon also contributed 16 points off the bench.
Players to watch: Gophers junior G Kenisha Bell had 26 points Friday, including 24 points in the second half on 14-for-15 shooting from the foul line. Bell already held the program’s single-season record for most free throws with 172. Oregon sophomore F Ruthy Hebard averages 17.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-4 Alaska native and All-Pac-12 forward set the NCAA record for most consecutive field goals with 33 in a row in three games in February.
Numbers: The Gophers rank third in the nation in scoring (85.3 points per game), but the Ducks are ninth in scoring (82.1), fourth in field goal percentage (49.9), second in three-point percentage (40.3) and seventh in assists per game (19.1).