Kansas vs. Oregon: Score and Twitter Reaction from March Madness 2017

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMarch 26, 2017

Oregon forward Jordan Bell (1) blocks a shot by Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) during the first half of the Midwest Regional final of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Orlin Wagner/Associated Press

Oregon produced one of the most impressive team performances in the 2017 NCAA tournament as the Ducks beat Kansas, 74-60, in front of a pro-Jayhawks crowd at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday night.

The Ducks now advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1939, when they were known as the Webfoots and won the first-ever NCAA tournament.

Oregon shot 50.9 percent from the field and held Kansas to 35 percent shooting thanks in part to Jordan Bell. The energetic junior forward was a force down low, blocking a mind-boggling eight shots and grabbing 13 rebounds to go along with 11 points and four assists.

His dunk-and-block combination midway through the first half symbolized his performance Saturday:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

🔨 + 🖐 #EliteEight https://t.co/tKP1LaN9Dd

Bell's defense clearly affected Kansas' ability to even attempt to enter the paint as ESPN's Jeff Borzello noted. Colleague Chad Ford also highlighted the big man's defensive prowess:

Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello

Kansas is terrified of Jordan Bell when they get into the lane. Shots constantly coming up short, totally adjusting trajectory and release.

Chad Ford @chadfordinsider

Oregon's Jordan Bell is in the head of every player on KU's roster right now. 7 blocks and altered a dozen more... https://t.co/2wNstYPFHy

Oregon sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey and junior forward Dillon Brooks led the Ducks in scoring, posting 27 and 17 points, respectively.

Dorsey, who hit game-winning shots against Rhode Island and Michigan, is now averaging 24.5 points per game in the NCAA tournament. He also hit back-to-back three-pointers to close the first half, giving the Ducks a 44-33 lead, as NCAA March Madness relayed:

NCAA March Madness @marchmadness

Tyler Dorsey goes glass to put an exclamation mark on the first half! #Elite8 https://t.co/wyI3oU2RNR

Kansas senior guard Frank Mason III did all he could to keep the Jayhawks in the game. He scored 15 straight Kansas points in the first half en route to posting 21 on the night. If you have ever played the video game NBA Jam, you might've noticed he was hotter than a player who caught fire:


The first half developed like a movie, with plot twists and turns every few minutes.

From the jump, it was clear that the vast majority of fans were pro-Kansas (understandably, as the arena is 45 minutes away from the KU campus). The crowd was a sea of blue with one lonely section of green for Oregon fans, as USA Today's George Schroeder and the Associated Press' Eric Olson illustrated:

George Schroeder @GeorgeSchroeder

Crowd at Sprint Center might be 90 percent Kansas fans. Or more. https://t.co/fWx5Rnmo2O

Eric Olson @ericolson64

Duck fans way outnumbered at Sprint Center, as would be expected. #EliteEight https://t.co/UaugJNAmra

The game got off to a sloppy start, with neither team finding an offensive rhythm and the contest lacking any sort of flow.

Then in the span of 17 seconds, Kansas freshman star Josh Jackson committed two fouls, and he found himself on the bench with 17:23 left in first half.

Understandably, Jackson was not happy, per B/R's CJ Moore and the Oregonian's John Canzano:

CJ Moore @CJMooreHoops

Josh Jackson ripped his jersey out of his shorts after that second foul. HUGE call.

John Canzano @johncanzanobft

Josh Jackson just punched the chair on the Kansas bench. Not happy with the Ted Valentine foul.

Sophomore guard Lagerald Vick came in for Jackson and helped keep Kansas in the game, scoring seven points.

However, the latter half of the first 20 minutes turned into a scoring exhibition. The Ducks began pouring in shots from the outside, making 60 percent of their field goals and seven of 12 three-pointers. Meanwhile, Mason was putting on a one-man show, as KCTV's Andrew Carter and Canzano noted:

Andrew Carter @Andrew__Carter

Frank Mason doing everything he can to keep up scoring with the entire Ducks offense.

John Canzano @johncanzanobft

Bill Self called that play and yelled, “Get open, Frank.” Mason hits the floater.

Dorsey responded to Mason's torrid run by hitting those aforementioned three-pointers, and Oregon took an 11-point lead into halftime.

The Ducks stretched their lead to 55-37 following a Brooks three-pointer, but Kansas gradually chipped away at the Oregon advantage throughout the second half. After a scoreless first frame plagued by foul trouble, Jackson found a rhythm and put in a wild reverse layup to cut the Oregon lead to 11, via NCAA March Madness:

NCAA March Madness @marchmadness

Josh Jackson with the circus shot! #Elite8 https://t.co/n0yRCPIl2j

Jackson finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

Kansas eventually cut the lead to 66-60 after a three-pointer from junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, but Bell grabbed an offensive rebound on each of Oregon's two ensuing possessions. The first board led to another Dorsey three-pointer, and the second led to a Bell layup, effectively sealing the game.

The Ducks will now face either North Carolina or Kentucky in the Final Four on Saturday, April 1. The UNC-UK game will take place Sunday, March 26, at 5:05 p.m. ET on CBS.  


Postgame Reaction

Bell was understandably excited (and exhausted) in a postgame interview with Dana Jacobson of CBS, telling her, "It feels amazing. I never got this far in my life, man. They sleep on us." 

Kenny "The Jet" Smith is high on the Ducks. He said the following during the postgame show"If there is no size on the perimeter, we will see the Oregon Ducks cutting down the national championship nets."

Kansas head coach Bill Self credited UO's remarkable shooting, telling Jacobson, "Oregon played a great game. They shot the heck out of the ball...they were really good."

Mason was emotional after the game and had this to say to KU fans, via Carter: "I gave it my all every day and I'm a Jayhawk for life."


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