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Beavers, Ducks both headed to tourney

The women's basketball teams at Oregon State and Oregon were each selected for the NCAA Tournament on Monday.

It wasn't a surprise that Oregon State got a nod. The Beavers were a Final Four team last season and have a 29-4 record.

Oregon (20-13), meanwhile, is making its first appearance in 12 years and gets in as a No. 10 seed.

Oregon State earned a No. 2 seed. The Beavers will host the first two rounds of the tournament in Corvallis, and will play Long Beach State in the opening round Friday at 2 p.m. In the other game, No. 7 seed Creighton and No. 10 seed Toledo will go head-to-head at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

The winners of both matchups will play on Sunday in the second round. Sunday's game time will be announced at the conclusion of the first round.

The Beavers have won the Pac-12 Conference regular season title for the third straight season, and went 7-2 against ranked opponents during the regular season. OSU is currently ranked No. 8 in both The Associated Press and the Coaches' Poll, and currently sits fourth in the RPI.

Oregon makes its return on Saturday against seventh-seeded Temple at 3:30 p.m. PT in Durham, N.C., as part of the Bridgeport Regional.

The Ducks finished sixth in the Pac-12 during the regular season, then busted the conference tournament bracket by reaching the semifinals. The UO women upset No. 11 Washington in the quarterfinals, solidifying their status as a team worthy of an NCAA berth.

The Ducks last made the Big Dance in 2005 under former star player and coach Bev Smith, who attended the team's selection show watch party Monday in Eugene.

"It's incredible," said junior guard Lexi Bando, a native of Eugene. "It's been since 2005 that we've been. I was watching Bev's teams when I was little, and just to be in that position, where we're going to the tournament, is just incredible. I'm just super excited."

The pod is being hosted by second-seeded Duke, which faces 15th seed Hampton in the first round.

Those games are part of the Bridgeport Region, in which perennial powerhouse Connecticut is the top seed.

UO coach Kelly Graves was undeterred by Oregon's No. 10 seed. He won six times as a double-digit tournament seed while at Gonzaga, he said Monday.

"I am so excited because this is a program that's going places," Graves said. "This is going to be a national program very, very soon, and I hope to get that started now."

The Ducks played themselves into the tournament despite returning just one player — Bando — with multiple years of experience in the program. For most of Pac-12 play, Graves started three true freshmen — Pac-12 freshman of the year Sabrina Ionescu, and her teammate on the conference all-freshman team Ruthy Hebard, and Mallory McGwire.

Temple (24-7) was ranked No. 23 in the USA Today coaches poll Monday after seeing its season end in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament. The Owls were the No. 2 seed into the tournament.

Temple coach Tonya Cardoza was named AAC coach of the year, and point guard Feyonda Fitzgerald was named first-team all-AAC after averaging 16.9 points and 7.3 assists in the regular season.

Oregon players erupt in celebration as their NCAA bracket is announced on TV during a watch party in Eugene Monday. [CHRIS PIETSCH/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]