Tuesday, March 18 2014, 07:59 AM MDT
BYU Faces Oregon in Milwaukee
(AP) Last season the Oregon Ducks won the Pac-12 tournament to make the NCAA tournament. This year it wasn't quite as easy.
After slumping to start conference play, the Ducks (23-9) finished the regular season with seven straight wins, including a 64-57 victory over Arizona in the finale. They beat rival Oregon State to open the conference tournament before falling to UCLA in the semifinals
Earning the No. 7 seed in the West, Oregon heads to Milwaukee to face BYU on Thursday. As an automatic bid last season, the Ducks advanced all the way to the Sweet 16 before losing to Louisville.
The 10th-seeded Cougars (23-11) have also surged late, winning eight of their last 10 games.
But BYU was hurt in the West Coast Conference championship game when the team lost point guard Kyle Collinsworth to a knee injury. The Cougars lost 75-64 to Gonzaga.
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