Creighton’s 2OT Win over Oregon Hyped as Best Game of March Madness by CBB Fans

Andrew PetersMarch 24, 2024

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - MARCH 23: head coach Greg McDermott of the Creighton Bluejays talks with Trey Alexander #23 in the first half of the game against the Oregon Ducks during the second round of the 2024 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 23, 2024 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Justin K. Aller/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Creighton and Oregon delivered arguably the best game of the NCAA tournament so far on Saturday night.

The No. 3 Bluejays held on in double overtime to beat the No. 11 Ducks 86-73 to advance to the Sweet 16 where they will face No. 2 Tennessee. The score was lopsided in the end, but the game was one of the best through the first two rounds of the tournament.

Creighton had four players in double figures, with Steven Ashworth leading the way with 21 points. Of Ashworth’s 21 points, 10 came in overtime. Guard Trey Alexander had 21 points and big man Ryan Kalkbrenner added 19 points and 14 boards.

On Oregon’s side, Jermaine Couisnard and N’Faly Dante put together huge games. Coisnard had 32 points and Dante had 28 points and 20 rebounds. Their efforts fell short as Creighton slipped away in overtime.

The double-overtime thriller had fans declaring Saturday night’s Round of 32 matchup as the best game of the tournament so far.

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Couisnard & Dante scored every point for Oregon in the second half.

4 players are in double figures for Creighton.

Great game, 5 more minutes guaranteed!

Jon Walker @ByJonWalker

Death. Taxes. Trey Alexander from 15 feet. He’s stone cold, man. Creighton leads Oregon 69-66 with 51.5 seconds to play.

Duke Better @DukeBetter

some great chess happening in this Creighton/Oregon game, my goodness

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Baylor Scheierman didn’t want his college hoops career to end without getting off a more punches — 2-for-2 at the FT line, then a game-tying mid-range fader with 8 seconds left.

Creighton and Oregon are headed to overtime in Pittsburgh. Winner gets Tennessee in Detroit.

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Matt Norlander @MattNorlander

Game of the Tournament So Far™️

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Oregon vs Creighton

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Oregon vs Creighton

Tom Fornelli @TomFornelli

I find this Creighton/Oregon game to be adequate entertainment.

Terrence Oglesby @T_Oglesby22

This has been HIGH level on both sides defensively, and some BIG TIME shot making over contests.

Best game of the tournament so far

Now, Creighton will head to its third Sweet 16 in the last four seasons. The Bluejays reached the Elite Eight and were one possession away from the Final Four a year ago, and last year’s loss will certainly continue to be fuel for them.

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