April Anxiety | Local News | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon
The Source Weekly’s reporting is made possible by the power of your support. Be a part of it!
Pin It

April Anxiety 

Oregon Ducks head to their first Final Four since '39

Ten years after the Great Depression, deep into FDR's second term, the University of Oregon Men's Basketball team, which ran the somewhat novel (for the times) fast-break offense, wound up in the first-ever Final Four. They would go on to win the national championship – beating Ohio State, 46-33, on March 27, 1939.

This was a long time ago. Like before ESPN. Anyone remember what their bracket looked like? Did they write it on parchment with one of those feather pens?

Either way, the Ducks' men's team hasn't returned to the Final Four since. Until now. Thanks to their upset win over Kansas on Saturday, Oregon will play mighty North Carolina in the second national semi-final game this Saturday. While the Ducks cruised to a 14-point victory to get there, the Tar Heels won a 75-73 thriller over Kentucky – the decisive hoop coming with 0.3 seconds left.

For a moment, it appeared that the Ducks' women's basketball team may have also been a Final Four contender, but the team lost, 90-52, to UConn Monday night.

The Pacific Northwest is well represented at the Final Four, which starts Saturday near Phoenix. The first semi-final pits Gonzaga against South Carolina. The winners will play for the national title April 3.

Eugene has waited 78 years for this, so dig out your Oregon green. The madness is not over yet.

Pin It

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • My Marvelous Mentors

    My Marvelous Mentors

    Jim Anderson pens a farewell to readers
    • Aug 26, 2020
  • Make Masks Cool

    Make Masks Cool

    Bend nurses dole out PPE for fellow workers, after an angel donation falls in their laps
    • Mar 31, 2020
Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
Cars and Coffee

Cars and Coffee - Spoken Moto

Sun., Sept. 26, 9 a.m.
Submitting an event is free and easy.

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

Get Social

Latest in Local News

  • Charges Pending, Payment Received

    • Sep 23, 2021
    Locals express outrage over the charges and release of Ian Cranston, who officials say shot and killed Barry Washington Sunday More »
  • Source Weekly Update 9/23/21

    • Sep 23, 2021
    The death of Barry Washington and an effort to make Bend's streets safer More »
  • The Invisible Audit

    • Sep 22, 2021
    A small but dedicated chatroom is coordinating a grassroots "audit" of Oregon's elections, with help from local Republican officials More »
  • More »

More by Howard Leff

Want to advertise with us?

For info on print and digital advertising, >> Click Here

© 2021 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation