Oregon tops out West for first No. 1 seed in program history

Oregon forward Jordan Bell celebrates with fans after Oregon defeated Utah in an NCAA college basketball game for the championship of the Pac-12 men's tournament Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Las Vegas. Oregon won 88-57. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) Oregon had its best regular season in 77 years and turned the Pac-12 championship game into a laugher.

Now the Ducks are a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

Coming off a sweep of the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles, eighth-ranked Oregon (28-6) is the top seed in the West Region and will play in Spokane against the winner between Holy Cross and Southern in the First Four.

The Ducks made a surprising run to last year's Pac-12 title game, setting the stage for their breakout season this year.

Oregon won the Pac-12 regular-season title by a game over Utah and ran the 12th-ranked Utes off the court in Las Vegas, rolling to an 88-57 victory that punctuated the Ducks' bid for a No. 1 seed. Oklahoma is the No. 2 seed.

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