The Ducks used a 21-4 run to close out the first half and despite a more aggressive defense, the Billikens could never recover, ultimately losing, 74-57.
Oregon took the normally efficient Billikens out of their rhythm, at times using a zone defense that stymied Saint Louis’ offensive flow. Unaccustomed to facing that particular defensive look, Saint Louis settled for long-range jumpers and finished just 3-of-21 from beyond the arc.
Top Performers: Freshman guard Damyean Dotson was unstoppable. He scored on transition layups, drove the lane and finished in traffic, and drained 5-of-6 three-point attempts. The Ducks dominated the glass, 37-23, due in large part to senior forward Arsalan Kazemi, who hauled in 16 rebounds. Billikens leading scorer Dwayne Evans finished with 16 points and nine boards, but he had little help on the glass.
X-Factor: The Ducks, a 32-percent three-point-shooting team on the season, hit 8-of-11 to help advance to the Sweet 16. In its two tournament wins, Oregon’s hit 16 three-pointers so far.
Next Round: The No. 12-seeded Ducks advance to the Sweet 16, where they’ll face top-overall-seed Louisville. The Cardinals will undoubtedly pressure the Ducks’ young backcourt, which turns the ball over on 21.4 percent of possessions, according to KenPom.com (subscription required).