On Saturday April 1st at a little before nine p.m. the University of Oregon will play the University of North Carolina in the Final Four.
It will be Roy Williams 20th Final Four with the Tar Heels and remember they had Dean Smith before him. Oregon on the other hand will be going to only their second Final Four in school history, their first since 1939 and the first ever NCAA tournament.
However, with a lot of hustle and the play of Tyler Dorsey, combined with the fact that Joel Berry is hurt; Oregon can not only beat UNC but win it all.
Player To Watch
The biggest key, even outside some great team play and some luck for Oregon to get past the Heels and win the title is the play of guard Tyler Dorsey.
This comes as no surprise to anyone if you watch any sports network as Dorsey is all people seem to be talking about. Yet, when you have scored 20 or more points in every one of your teams tournament games it makes sense that everyone is talking about you.
Only a sophomore from Los Angels, Dorsey has been a spark for the Ducks in the tournament coming up with clutch performances. Like shooting 90 percent from the field and 80 percent from 3-point range in a close win over Cinderella team Rhode Island in the second round.
He also put up the shot to beat Michigan while committing no turnovers in a one point win to go to the elite eight. As well as finish his road to the Final Four with a tourney high 27 points, along with a steal and five rebounds while playing 35 minutes all against most peoples championship pick Kansas.
If Dorsey scores 20 or more again while recording less then five turnovers and either five assists or five rebounds, Oregon has a very good chance to take down the favored Tar Heels of UNC.
Defense- Oregon ranked second in the Pac-12 this year in total defense and 35th in the nation. They allow only 65.5 points to their opponents and they have three players who average better then a steal a game. not to mention, Dorsey is very close to making that number four, as he averages 0.8 steals per game.
They also have Jordan Bell who in the wake of the Chris Boucher injury has stepped up to be a nightmare inside for other teams with blocks, especially against top seeded Kansas a game in which he had eight.
Assists- The Ducks were second again in the Pac-12 with 16 assists per game, while only giving up a little over 11 turnovers a game. They have two players in Dylan Ennis and Dillion Brooks who average around three assists a game, but have upped that in the tourney going for 7 or more combined assists in two of their four games.
Why they will win
Despite the fact that UNC is the better team and the more experienced unit, Oregon has a very good chance at pulling off the upset and beating either South Carolina or Gonzaga to win it all.
The Ducks have good numbers, but it all comes down to how they play and who plays their best. Oregon without probably their top player in Bouchard has come out stronger then anyone thought they could.
Dorsey and Brooks are locks to make the NBA, while Ennis and Bell arent too far behind.
That is a loaded roster with the potential to play with anyone and with the Tar Heels best player Berry being hurt, though he will still play, Oregon might be able to run with the Heels and in the end pull this off.
If they did, look for the Ducks to be a favorite in my mind in the national title game, having beat two Cinderella favorites in Rhode Island and Michigan, plus two number one seeds in UNC and Kansas to get there.