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Invisible Line Helps Oregon Win A Sub-NIT Championship

The Oregon Ducks won the College Basketball Invitational tournament (presented by Zebra Pen) last night. The CBI's "history page" goes all the way back to 2008 and notes how VCU won it last year.

Anyway, Oregon's 71-69 victory over Creighton last night sounded rather hinkey. The game was tied at 69 with 17 seconds left. Then, a nuance of Oregon's new $227 million arena pretty much decided things.


Only a very thin line - two of them, actually, running parallel to each other down the middle of the court - separated these two teams. That's the line that Creighton guard Antoine Young unknowingly stepped over, for an over-and-back call that gave the ball to Oregon in the final seconds.

Then, Oregon's E.J. Singler's bank shot with two seconds left decided the game.

"This is a beautiful building, a great atmosphere,'' Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. "You just wish there was a visible halfcourt line. That's unfortunate, a tough way to lose a game."


Ducks win CBI title, with some home-court help [The Oregonian]

Men's Basketball Falls, 71-69, In Final Seconds of CBI Finals [Go Creighton]


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