March 18, 2007

Short guys can win at basketball, Porter 5'6" rocks for the Ducks!

SPOKANE, Wash. -- So much for the little guys. The ones from Winthrop, at least.

Aaron Brooks scored 22 points and third-seeded Oregon smothered the frazzled Eagles 75-61 Sunday to eliminate the last remaining double-digit seed from the NCAA Tournament.

The 11th-seeded Eagles (29-5), who upset Notre Dame in the first round, lost for the first time in 20 games to end their most successful tournament in seven tries.

So where has the madness gone? This is the first time since 1995 that no double-digit seeds have advanced to at least the third round.

Instead, the Ducks (28-7) advanced to play UNLV in the semifinals of the Midwest Regional. They made it largely because of their 11-for-23 shooting from 3-point range -- that was almost as hot as the fluorescent yellow uniforms they wore.

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