Oregon tops out West for first No. 1 seed in program history


Oregon forward Elgin Cook shoots over Utah forward Jakob Poeltl, left, and Utah forward Dakarai Tucker during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Pac-12 men's tournament Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Las Vegas. Oregon won 88-57. (AP Photo/John Locher)


Oregon coach Dana Altman tosses the net while the team celebrates after defeating Utah in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Pac-12 men's tournament Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Las Vegas. Oregon won 88-57. (AP Photo/John Locher)


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Oregon had its best regular season in 77 years and turned the Pac-12 championship game into a laugher.

Now the Ducks are a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

Coming off a sweep of the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles, eighth-ranked Oregon (28-6) is the top seed in the West Region and will play in Spokane against the winner between Holy Cross and Southern in the First Four.

The Ducks made a surprising run to last year’s Pac-12 title game, setting the stage for their breakout season this year.

Oregon won the Pac-12 regular-season title by a game over Utah and ran the 12th-ranked Utes off the court in Las Vegas, rolling to an 88-57 victory that punctuated the Ducks’ bid for a No. 1 seed. Oklahoma is the No. 2 seed.

Oregon will play either Cincinnati (No. 9 seed) or St. Joe’s (No. 8 seed) in the second round. The Bearcats and Hawks play 1 p.m. Friday in Spokane.

Oregon forward Elgin Cook shoots over Utah forward Jakob Poeltl, left, and Utah forward Dakarai Tucker during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Pac-12 men’s tournament Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Las Vegas. Oregon won 88-57. (AP Photo/John Locher)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_109198928-e5fe212db0c946d59005b283c8974bda.jpgOregon forward Elgin Cook shoots over Utah forward Jakob Poeltl, left, and Utah forward Dakarai Tucker during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Pac-12 men’s tournament Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Las Vegas. Oregon won 88-57. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Oregon coach Dana Altman tosses the net while the team celebrates after defeating Utah in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Pac-12 men’s tournament Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Las Vegas. Oregon won 88-57. (AP Photo/John Locher)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_109198928-106ec9466edc433ebfc8e4fb7ff34414.jpgOregon coach Dana Altman tosses the net while the team celebrates after defeating Utah in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Pac-12 men’s tournament Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Las Vegas. Oregon won 88-57. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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