Pac-12 Champion Men's Oregon Ducks hold steady in latest AP Poll

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After winning their third regular season Pac-12 Championship in three seasons, the No. 13 Oregon Ducks (24-7, 12-7) remain steady in the Associated Press rankings.

They're the only ranked team in the Pac-12 Conference, but three other teams also received votes: Arizona (7), USC (4), and UCLA (3). The conference expects to have as many as seven teams make the NCAA Tournament, which more than doubles their total from last season of three.

The top ten of the poll is as follows.

  1. Kansas (28-3)

  2. Gonzaga (29-2)

  3. Dayton (29-2)

  4. Florida State (26-5)

  5. Baylor (26-4)

  6. San Diego State (30-2)

  7. Creighton (24-7)

  8. Kentucky (25-6)

  9. Michigan State (22-9)

  10. Duke (25-6)

Here's how the week went for the Ducks.

Vs. California, WIN 90-56

As head coach Dana Altman said in the postgame press conference, the Ducks shot the ball well.

How well?

They set the Matthew Knight Arena record for three-point percentage shooting a scorching 70.6% from beyond the arc. 

We obviously shot it well from three which gives you a big boost offensively. You know Anthony going five-for-six, Payton going three-for-three. That's eight... right there. Kind of sets a good tone. - Dana Altman

[RELATED: No. 13 Oregon Ducks set Matthew Knight Arena record as they blowout Cal]

As per usual with Dana Altman coached teams, the Ducks used their defense to force tough shots and get out in transition, including a highlight dunk from freshman CJ Walker. Oregon outrebounded Cal by seven and held the Bears to 35.7% from the field, with only two Cal players getting into double figures. Oregon doubled that with four players scoring double digits.

Vs. Stanford, WIN 80-67

On Senior Night, it was a storybook ending for the Oregon Ducks.

With the win, here's what they accomplished.

  • Finished the season undefeated at home for the third time in five seasons.

  • Finished an undefeated home record for the 2019-2020 academic school year across football, men's basketball and women's basketball.

  • Won their first conference title at home since 1945.

  • Won an outright regular-season Pac-12 Championship.

They celebrated accordingly.

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[RELATED: WATCH: The Ducks celebrate their first won Conference Championship at home since 1945]

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Later, it was time for the Senior Night celebrations including honoring point guard Payton Pritchard as the winningest player in program history. It was his last game at Matthew Knight Arena.

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The senior finished his final contest with 29 points on 50% shooting from the field, including four three-pointers. Last season, he was not even named an honorable mention for an All-Pac team and now he should be the unanimous Pac-12 Player of the Year. 

That accounted for a large part of why he came back.

I carry it from last year, this confidence is high and I just wanted to come back this year and... prove a point that I am not only the best point guard in the country but the best player in the country. - Payton Pritchard

[RELATED: Don't take Payton Pritchard for granted, he's an all-time Oregon great]

UP NEXT: The Ducks earned the top-overall seed in the Pac-12 Tournament and will play the winner of Oregon State and Utah at 12:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 12. 

Pac-12 Champion Men's Oregon Ducks hold steady in latest AP Poll originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest