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Morris: A historic era ends at Oregon but a new one is just beginning

It was fun while it lasted, Oregon. On Tuesday, Jordan Bell announced that he would be forgoing his senior season as a Duck and would instead hire an agent and declare for the NBA Draft. He will join Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks as Oregon stars leaving early. Questions swirled …

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Jordan Bell off to NBA Draft, will sign with an agent

Jordan Bell is off to the NBA Draft and will sign an agent, he announced through a letter posted to riselongbeach.com on Tuesday morning. The news comes two days after Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical reported — and Bell refuted — that he had decided on forgoing his remaining time at Oregon. Bell …

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Jordan Bell refutes report that he’s declared for the NBA Draft

After Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical reported late Sunday night that Jordan Bell has decided to enter the NBA Draft, Bell tweeted that he has not yet made a decision. The Vertical said Bell has decided to hire an agent, which would end his Oregon career. Bell helped the Ducks to their first Final Four …

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Oregon junior guard Casey Benson announces he will graduate and transfer

Duck basketball fans were on high-alert this week as they waited to hear which of Oregon’s stars would chose to enter the NBA Draft. One departure they were not expecting was that of junior guard Casey Benson, who announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he will graduate in three years and …

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After standout season, Dillon Brooks declares for NBA Draft and hires agent

Junior forward Dillon Brooks has declared for the NBA Draft and hired an agent, he announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning. By hiring an agent, he is ineligible to return to school. His collegiate career at Oregon is over. He tested the waters of the NBA Draft last season but didn’t hire an …

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Tyler Dorsey to declare for NBA draft and hire an agent

Sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey will declare for the NBA draft and hire an agent, making him ineligible to return to Oregon, he announced on Twitter Monday. pic.twitter.com/GbibFmvPnl — Tyler Dorsey (@TDORSEY_1) April 10, 2017 Since arriving from Los Angeles, as a four-star recruit and a McDonald’s All-American, Dorsey has arguably been …

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When luck runs out: Oregon’s Final Four loss against North Carolina

GLENDALE, Ariz. — There were plenty of chances to do the improbable again. Oregon fans had seen it happen too many times to believe the Ducks wouldn’t pull themselves together, hit a couple of clutch shots, survive and advance. Just like they had all March, and all season. Oregon built …

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Podcast: March Madness post-game recap

Following Saturday night’s game, in which the Ducks fell to the Tar Heels 77-76, sports reporters Jack Butler and Gus Morris recap the national semifinal game. Also in this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, Butler and Morris speculate how Jordan Bell, Tyler Dorsey and others will proceed in the …

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Dylan Ennis’ best game as a Duck overshadowed by difficult loss

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dylan Ennis played his final game in an Oregon uniform Saturday night. The six-year man has been the heart of the team all season. When Oregon needed that heart against North Carolina, he provided it, but it wasn’t enough. He was fighting and hustling all night. The …

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Morris: Chris Boucher’s injury finally caught up with Oregon

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Heartbreaking. There’s no other way to describe Oregon’s 77-76 loss to North Carolina on Saturday night. Four straight missed free throws, two missed offensive rebounds and one devastating finish. What more can be said? “We had a good year but we didn’t reach our goal,” Jordan Bell …

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Oregon’s title hopes ripped away in final seconds against North Carolina

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jordan Bell sat back at his locker as tears ran down his face. He fought through the crying to answer every question.  As more questions came, so did more tears, often after a prolonged silence. In Oregon’s 77-76 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, …

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Justin Jackson quietly delivered a masterpiece to push North Carolina past Oregon

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dillon Brooks methodically twirled a pair of scissors in his hands as he sat and described how North Carolina had just buried a dagger in the Duck’s season. Brooks had just watched his team’s historic run through March end in agonizing fashion. They fell 77-76 to a Tar Heel squad that …

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Rapid Reaction: Oregon’s season ends with agonizing 77-76 loss to North Carolina

GLENDALE, Ariz. — After spending an entire game playing catchup, Oregon came up just short on Saturday and saw its season end with a 77-76 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels at University of Phoenix Stadium. Oregon struggled to hold onto the ball in the first half. The Ducks …

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Denney: North Carolina poses similar threat as Arizona to Oregon

GLENDALE, Ariz. — If the Ducks are to take down the top-seeded Tar Heels on Saturday, it won’t be because they give in and play North Carolina’s bruising brand of basketball. It will be because they stick to what got them here — hot shooting, transition play and defensive communication. Oregon …

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Dillon Brooks has stepped back to let Tyler Dorsey take over on offense

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As the seconds ticked down in the first half of Oregon’s Elite Eight tilt with Kansas, Tyler Dorsey grabbed the reins of the Ducks offense. He waved off a screen from Jordan Bell and yelled at his teammates to clear out — normally moments reserved for Dillon Brooks. …

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Mr. March explained: Tyler Dorsey’s teammates and coaches try to figure out what got this streak started

GLENDALE, Ariz. —  Ask Tyler Dorsey’s teammates what the last month has been like for the sharpshooter from Pasadena, California. They brag. They smile. They see the swagger. Most of all, they know the Oregon sophomore is deserving of every glowing compliment during this NCAA Tournament. “Tyler is playing out of …

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Thanks to intrinsic confidence, Payton Pritchard has excelled on the nation’s biggest stage

GLENDALE, Ariz. — In 2014, the USA National Select Team, a squad with the nation’s top high school seniors, made its way to Portland for the Nike Hoop Summit.  The U.S. team needed a group to scrimmage against in preparation for a looming weekend matchup against a team featuring the top international …

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Jordan Bell, a master of memes, has risen to the occasion in the NCAA Tournament

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jordan Bell loves the memes, the hashtags and the general madness. His excellent play throughout the NCAA Tournament has thrust him into the national spotlight. Specifically, his eight-block performance against Kansas in the Elite Eight started the hashtag ‘ThingsJordanBellCouldBlock.” The twitter page @ThingsBellCouldBlock is up to 557 …

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Photos: Oregon participates in an open practice ahead of the Final Four

Oregon Ducks forward Kavell Bigby-Williams (35) grimaces as he answers a question from a reporter during media availability. Oregon Basketball participates in media availability and an open practice before the national semi final at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Friday, March 31, 2017. (Aaron Nelson/Emerald) Find …

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Live updates from Oregon’s Final Four appearance in Phoenix

GLENDALE, Ariz. — We’re here. Surely you’ve heard: the Ducks are in the Final Four for the first time since 1939. And we’re ready to rumble. We have three writers and two photographers on the ground to bring you updates from press conferences, practices and — of course — the game. …

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Ducks and Zags get special — and unexpected — visit from Kobe Bryant

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Ducks got a surprise visit from an NBA legend on Wednesday night. Former Laker Kobe Bryant stopped by the Courtyard Marriott, Oregon’s Final Four hotel, to offer words of advice to both Oregon and Gonzaga. According to Dillon Brooks, players couldn’t believe what was happening, “Guys were …

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For Bell, Brooks and Benson, Final Four has been a dream since freshman year

GLENDALE, Ariz. — In the closing minute of Oregon’s Elite Eight win over Kansas, Jordan Bell had a feeling of accomplishment. He walked over to Dillon Brooks. After the two embraced, they began to talk. “I went and hugged Dillon,” Bell reminisced, “and said, ‘We started this. Me and you. …

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UNC’s Joel Berry: ‘Even if I’m not 100 percent, I’m still playing’

GLENDALE, Ariz. — If Oregon fans were hoping a pair of bum ankles would keep North Carolina star point guard Joel Berry out of the Tar Heel’s lineup on Saturday, they can stop holding their breath. “I’m very confident; even if I’m not 100 percent I’m still playing,” Berry told …

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Why Oregon’s late-game offensive execution has been cause for concern

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The mantra for most teams in the NCAA Tournament is a simple: “Survive and advance.” Oregon defeated Kansas 74-60 in the Elite Eight to advance to the Final Four. It was an all-around convincing win for the Ducks. But with one exception: late-game offensive execution — a problem that …

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From rebounding to playmakers, Oregon’s keys to beating North Carolina

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Oregon heads into its first Final Four appearance in almost 80 years as five-point underdogs. Whether you agree with that spread or not, it’s tough to argue that North Carolina isn’t the deepest and talented team that the Ducks have played all season. Here’s what the Ducks need to do …

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Watch: Puppies on The Tonight Show predict Ducks will win national title

Sometimes, you just have to leave it to puppies to pick a national champion. On Wednesday night’s “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” a group of adorable Labrador retriever puppies picked the Ducks to win the 2017 NCAA Tournament. That’s what we call scientific — forget the rebounding margins, 3-point percentages …

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Can Oregon keep up its rebounding success against a loaded North Carolina front line?

When Oregon forward Chris Boucher went down with a season-ending knee injury midway through the Pac-12 Tournament, many thought his absence would spell doom for the Ducks’ national title hopes. Already thin on contributing big-men, the loss of Boucher meant Oregon would have to navigate the NCAA Tournament with Jordan …

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How did North Carolina get to the Final Four, and what makes them so good?

The North Carolina Tar Heels are in the Final Four again. It’s the 20th time — the most for any program — and it’s the second consecutive year. Last season, the Tar Heels lost to Villanova in the national championship on a game-winning 3-pointer by Kris Jenkins. They’re hungry for …

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Final Four: Oregon vs. UNC players to watch

The 2017 Final Four is here. This week, North Carolina, Oregon, Gonzaga and South Carolina will all descend on Glendale, Arizona, for the finale of the 2016-17 NCAA men’s basketball season. Four teams enter and only one will leave as the next national champion. Oregon punched its ticket to the Final …

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