Oregon Ducks upset Georgia & advance to 4th consecutive Sweet 16

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Oregon Ducks upset Georgia & advance to 4th consecutive Sweet 16 originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

This is what March is all about: two teams giving maximum effort for 40 minutes to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament. 

Thankfully, it was Oregon who came out on top.

The No. 6 Oregon Ducks upset No. 3 Georgia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 57-50, Wednesday afternoon to advance to the program's fourth consecutive Sweet 16. Sedona Prince, making just her second start in the last month, was Oregon's best player scoring 22 points, grabbing five rebounds to go with four blocks. 

The pair of Prince and Nayara Sabally scored the Ducks first 14 points in the fourth quarter. For the game, Sabally added 15 points and nine rebounds. 

Kelly Graves remains undefeated in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament while at Oregon. In fact, Kelly Graves has not lost in the NCAA Tournament before the Elite Eight while at Oregon and is 12-3 overall in the big dance as Ducks head coach. 

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In the second quarter, Oregon trailed by six points before going on an 11-2 run that involved a trio of three-pointers to take a three-point lead. Then the two teams exchanged blows before heading into halftime tied at 27 apiece. 

Georgia had eight points in transition during the first half to take advantage of Oregon's 10 turnovers through 20 minutes. 

Oregon's 2-3 zone forced the Bulldogs to shoot 12.5% from three-point range and 40% from the floor in the first half. 

Then the third quarter was where the Ducks gained separation. Oregon forced five turnovers, held the Bulldogs to just two field goals and six points. Meanwhile, the Ducks scored 13 points to take a seven-point lead into the final period. 

Georgia cut the lead to one point with 6:08 remaining causing Kelly Graves to use his second timeout of the final quarter in less than four minutes. The Bulldogs took a one-point lead briefly but Oregon quickly answered with a Prince lay-in.

The game was tied at 46 with 3:30 left.  

Oregon will play the winner of No. 2 Louisville and No. 7 Northwestern on Sunday, March 28 at 4:00 p.m. PT on ESPN in the Sweet 16