No. 6 USC rolls again, beating Pac-12 rival Oregon to reach Elite Eight for first time in 20 years

Jace Evans, USA TODAY
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Southern California dominated Pac-12 Conference rival Oregon 82-68 Sunday night in the final game of the men's Sweet 16.

The No. 6 seed Trojans are in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2001 with their third straight blowout victory in the NCAA Tournament.

It's been a banner tournament for the Pac-12, which has three teams now in the Elite Eight. USC joins No. 11 UCLA, which started the tournament as a bubble team in the First Four, and No. 12 Oregon State, which won the conference tournament title to steal a bid, in the regional finals, but the Trojans look by far the strongest of the conference's remaining participants.

USC rolled past No. 11 Drake 72-56 in the first round and No. 3 Kansas 85-51 in the second round, and Sunday against the No. 7 Ducks it was more domination.

The Trojans took control in the first half, taking a 41-26 lead into the locker room. The Trojans shot 58.6% in the first half (17-for-29), hitting five of their nine 3-point attempts.

USC guard Isaiah White reacts to a play during the first half of the Trojans' Sweet 16 game against Oregon.
USC guard Isaiah White reacts to a play during the first half of the Trojans' Sweet 16 game against Oregon.

Though brothers Isaiah Mobley and freshman star Evan Mobley, a likely top-five pick in the NBA draft, had strong starts, the guards were the show of the first half for USC. Isaiah White and Tahj Eaddy both had 12 points at the break.

The Ducks never really threatened in the second half, though USC at least let things get marginally interesting by going over five minutes without a basket after going up 69-49. Oregon cut the deficit to single digits during the Trojans' dry spell, but Eaddy restored USC's double-digit lead with a 3-pointer with 3:25 to go.

For the game, the Trojans shot 58.5% from the field, including a ridiculous 58.8% (10-for-17) from beyond the 3-point arc. White finished with a game-high 22 points. Eaddy finished with 20.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: USC dominates Pac-12 rival Oregon in March Madness Sweet 16 battle