Oregon holds a significant place in college basketball as champions of the inaugural NCAA Tournament in 1939. As opposed to the current formant that includes 68 teams, the inaugural NCAA Tournament comprised of 8 teams. Oregon (then known as the Webfoots) won the West Regional in San Francisco by beating the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners. The championship game was played a week later on March 27 in Evanston, Illinois. Oregon played the Ohio State Buckeyes and won the game by a score of 46-33. Three of the Oregon’s players (Bobby Anet, Lauren Gale, and Slim Wintermute) were selected for the All-American team and all five of the team’s starters have had their numbers retired by the university.
After their championship in 1939, Oregon struggled for a long time with only 4 more NCAA Tournament appearances before the year 2000. However, since 2000, the Ducks have been successful with 7 NCAA Tournament appearances that include three Sweet Sixteen berths and two Elite Eight berths.
Oregon Ducks Recent NCAA Tourament History
The Ducks have been successful in recent years with back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014. Oregon went 12-6 in conference play during 2013 and ended the regular season by defeating the UCLA Bruins in the conference championship game. With a #12 seed in the NCAA Tournament, many believed that Oregon had been severely under-seeded. The Ducks proved themselves worthy by beating the #5 seed Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first round by a score of 68-55. Oregon continued their run in the tournament by beating the #13 seed St. Louis Billikens by a score of 74-57. Once the Ducks were in the Sweet Sixteen, they lost to the eventual champion Louisville Cardinals by a score of 77-69. In 2014, the Ducks had another strong season and were more appropriately ranked with a #7 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks won their first game over the #10 seed BYU Cougars by a score of 87-68, but lost their next game to the #2 seed Wisconsin Badgers by a score of 85-77.