Oregon dominates UC Irvine on way to Sweet 16

Ducks win battle of underdogs 73-54

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Tommy Rutherford #42 of the UC Irvine Anteaters competes for the ball with Francis Okoro #33 of the Oregon Ducks in the second half during the second round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at SAP Center on March 24, 2019, in San…

No. 12 Oregon dominated No. 13 UC Irvine 73-54 in a battle of underdogs Sunday night to cap off the first week of the NCAA Tournament.

With the win, the Ducks (25-12) advance to the Sweet 16, where they will face No. 1 seed Virginia at approximately 9:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

Junior guard Payton Pritchard led the way for the Ducks with 18 points and seven assists. Freshman forward Louis King added 16 points while sophomore forward Kenny Wooten had a monster game around the net, contributing eight rebounds and seven blocks to go with 11 points.

The Ducks beat No. 5 Wisconsin 72-54 in the first round on Friday.

The Anteaters (31-6), who upset Kansas State 70-64 in the first round, were led by senior guard Robert Cartwright's 14 points.

UC Irvine came into the game with longest active winning streak in the nation.

The Cavaliers-Ducks battle will be second game of the night Thursday in South Region play at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The earlier game will feature No. 2 Tennessee and No. 3 Purdue at 7:29 p.m. ET.

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