WHO: No. 1
WHAT: NCAA West Regional final.
WHEN: Saturday, 3 p.m.
UPDATE: The teams are almost mirror images of each other, which should make for an exciting game. The Ducks and Sooners are quick and athletic and move the ball effectively and efficiently, both in transition and in half-court sets. They are guard-oriented teams that rely heavily on three-point marksmanship. They prefer an up-tempo pace and attack the rim with ferocity. "It's definitely going to be entertaining, and that's what basketball at this point should be," Oregon forward Dillon Brooks said. "This is all for the fans. We're going to put on a good show. When you have two teams with so much firepower, you've got to find a way to stop the other team." Oklahoma is led by senior guard Buddy Hield, who ranks second nationally in scoring with a 25.1-point average and has made 45.8% of his three-point attempts (138 for 301). Texas A&M paid too much attention to Hield in Thursday night's regional semifinals, and point guard Jordan Woodard burned the Aggies for 22 points and five assists. "We can't just focus on Buddy, because they can all shoot it," Ducks guard Tyler Dorsey said. Oregon has two difference-makers on defense in 6-foot-10 forward Chris Boucher, who ranks third nationally with 110 blocked shots, and 6-9 reserve forward Jordan Bell, who has 51 blocks for the season. "We've got to shot-fake him, pump-fake him, get him up in the air," Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler said of Boucher. "We have to fly around him, make him chase us." Oregon is led offensively by Brooks (17.0 points a game), Elgin Cook (14.6) and Dorsey (13.5).
Oklahoma; Ht; Wt; PPG | Pos | Oregon; Ht; Wt; PPG
Buddy Hield; 6-4; 214; 25.1 | G | Tyler Dorsey; 6-4; 180; 13.5
Jordan Woodard; 6-0; 187; 13.0 | G | Casey Benson; 6-3; 185; 6.0
Isaiah Cousins; 6-4; 200; 12.8 | G/F | Elgin Cook; 6-6; 205; 14.6
Ryan Spangler; 6-8; 234; 10.5 | F | Dillon Brooks; 6-7; 225; 17.0
Khadeem Lattin; 6-9; 208; 5.7 | F | Chris Boucher; 6-10; 190; 12.0
Christian James; 6-4; 218; 2.8 | G/F | Dwayne Benjamin; 6-7; 210; 7.9