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The Oregon Ducks, and Eugene, gear up for another Tournament run

Oregon Ducks Lexi Bando (#10) celebrates with her teammates after their win over the USC Trojans. The Oregon Ducks defeated the USC Trojans 80-74 on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena in a game that went into double overtime. Lexi Bando sealed the Ducks’ victory by scoring a three-pointer in the closing of the game. Ruthy Hebard set a new NCAA record of 30 consecutive field goals over three games, the old record being 28. Ruthy Hebard got a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds, Mallory McGwire also had 10 rebounds. The Ducks had four players in double digits: Ruthy Hebard with 27; Maite Cazorla with 17; Sabrina Ionescu with 15; and Lexi Bando with 11. The Ducks are now 24-4, 13-2 in the Pac-12, and are tied for first with Stanford. Photo by Dan Morrison, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Ducks women's basketball team has made it to the NCAA Tournament, and their first game is on Friday.

A total of three tournament games will be hosted at Matthew Knight Arena, and local businesses are preparing for the influx of sporting fans over the weekend.

The Cooler in Eugene says it's expecting a huge rush to watch the Ducks face the Seattle Redhawks on Friday.

"We're used to big crowds for game day and what not, but this is kind of special," said Braedon Howard, General Manager at The Cooler. "We watched them go last year as deep as they did in the tournament, and it'll be fun to watch that."

Howard says this weekend will call for an 'all hands on deck' approach in order to keep up with the demand from fans, including fans like alumni Duck player and coach, Bev Smith.

"It's going to be the best part of their life, to play in a University environment, to play with teammates that you go to practice with every single day, that you push each other every single day," said Smith.

For Duck fans, Friday is hopefully the first step towards a national championship.

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