PHOENIX, Ariz. (KOIN) — The Ducks are flying south!
The Oregon men’s basketball team has arrived in Phoenix and the fans are flocking to the desert to support their team in its first Final Four appearance in 78 years.
A pep rally is planned for Thursday night at the Phoenix Convention Center, where Fan Fest will also be held all weekend.
Fans from all over are excited to be in town for the game, including University of Portland basketball coach Terry Porter. He said it would be great to see a showdown between the 2 Northwest teams in the tournament: Gonzaga and Oregon.
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Gonzaga vs South Carolina 3pm Saturday
Oregon vs North Carolina, 549pm Saturday
“It would be awesome. Just draws the attention to the Pacific Northwest,” Porter said. “I mean, we haven’t had that kind of excitement so it’d definitely be something we can be proud of.”
The Jamieson family came from Eugene to see the Ducks.
“It’s really crazy, to see them go this far and do this well. It’s awesome,” Braden Jamieson said.
“I’m just excited for us to have the opportunity to be here, for all of the fans to see the team participate in this and it’s just wonderful and it’s just a dream to see the guys do as well as they have been,” Jan Jamieson said.
Fan Fest starts Friday at noon and runs throughout the weekend with events for the whole family.