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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Ducks Win Pac-10 Title

Bryce Taylor (pictured) pressures himself daily to be perfect. For one game, he was.

Taylor made every shot he took and scored a career-high 32 points in a record-setting performance, and No. 16 Oregon routed Southern California 81-57 Saturday to win the Pac-10 tournament title.

Taylor went 11-for-11 from the field, 7-for-7 from 3-point range and 3-for-3 from the line before being removed with 6 1/2 minutes left and the Ducks ahead by 39 points.

Tajuan Porter added 16 points and Aaron Brooks 15 for the Ducks, who shot 54 percent for the game. Oregon's 14 3-pointers were also a tourney record.

Porter was named the tourney MVP. Taylor and Brooks joined him on the all-tourney team, along with USC teammates Taj Gibson and Gabe Pruitt and Cal's Ryan Anderson .

The Ducks (26-7) head into the NCAA Tournament on a six-game winning streak. They haven't been there since 2003, also the last time they won the conference tourney. The NCAA Selection Committee will announce the brackets later today.

Winning the PAC-10 title, and in such dominating fashion, will go a long way in securing a favorable seeding for the last chapter of 2006-2007 college basketball, which starts on Thursday.

GO DUCKS!

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