Brevard Native, Oregon Guard Kario Oquendo Helps Ducks Capture Pac-12 Title Over Colorado

ATTENDED ASTRONAUT HIGH SCHOOL AND WAS THE 2019 BREVARD COUNTY 5A PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The end likely came for Pac-12 Conference basketball on Saturday. It also marked the beginning of an unexpected journey for Oregon. The Ducks had to win the league tournament to get into the NCAA tourney. And behind a hurting big man who was perfect on this night, they found a way. (University of Oregon image)

(ESPN) – The end likely came for Pac-12 Conference basketball on Saturday. It also marked the beginning of an unexpected journey for Oregon. The Ducks had to win the league tournament to get into the NCAA tourney. And behind a hurting big man who was perfect on this night, they found a way.

N’Faly Dante, playing with a bruised tailbone, made all 12 of his shots and scored 25 points, and Oregon secured an automatic bid by defeating Colorado 75-68.

By winning the conference tournament, fourth-seeded Oregon (23-11) will play in the big tourney because the Ducks weren’t projected to receive an at-large invitation to the 68-team field. This was the Ducks’ sixth Pac-12 tournament championship and first since 2019.

“We knew what we had to come down here and do,” said Oregon guard Jermaine Couisnard, who had 14 points and eight assists. “We knew we had to win three straight.”

Third-seeded Colorado (23-10) is expected to receive an at-large bid. The Buffaloes, whose eight-game winning streak ended, entered the game 24th in the NCAA’s NET ranking.

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