Eugene, Ore. -- In what may have been the best day in Oregon basketball history to date, the Ducks men's and women's teams both cruised in the NCAA Tournament second round games to advance to the Sweet 16.
Playing in Matthew Knight Arena, junior guard Sabrina Ionescu recorded her 18th career triple-double, tallying 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, carrying the Ducks to a win over 10th seeded Indiana, 91-68. The Hoosiers had two offensive spurts in the second and third quarter, either tying up the score or taking the lead, but Oregon exploded in the fourth quarter, burying Indiana behind a barrage of three pointers. The Ducks shot 44.8 percent from deep for the game, as sophomore forward Satou Sabally went 8-14 from the field, finishing the night with 19 points.
Out in San Jose, California, the Oregon men continued their late season dream run to a regional, with a 73-54 win over 13th seeded UC Irvine. Junior guard Payton Pritchard again led the Ducks with 18 points on 7-18 shooting, as two big runs put the Ducks ahead in the first half, and then the second. The Anteaters came out in the beginning of the second half, completely wiping away a 35-23 halftime deficit, eventually taking a lead. But the Ducks, playing their trademark defense, finished the game on a 15-7 run, sealing their trip to Louisville. Kenny Wooten's seven blocks and 11 points were welcome additions, while Ehab Amin's 12 points off the bench and energetic defense helped stymie UC Irvine's big push early in the second half.
The Duck women will travel to Portland for the regional, where they will face the winner of South Dakota State and Syracuse. The Oregon men will face no. 1 seed Virginia, with a chance to head to the Elite 8.