Ducks go to No. 5 in softball; NBA writers honor Lillard; Vikings sign Strickland
The Oregon Ducks' three-game sweep of Oregon State last weekend helped them climb a notch in the national rankings.
Oregon (41-6) went from sixth to fifth in both polls, released Tuesday.
The Ducks (41-6) trail No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Arizona and No. 4 Minnesota in both the USA Today/NFCA Coaches and the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings.
Washington is seventh and eighth in the polls, Utah 10th and 11th, UCLA 12th in both, and Arizona State 22nd and 23rd.
Portland guard Damian Lillard has won the 2016-17 Magic Johnson Award, which goes to the NBA player who best combines excellence on the court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with the media and public.
The award is voted on by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. It has been given to one player every year since 2001-01. Brandon Roy of the Blazers won it for 2008-09. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors won it last year.
Transfer guard Deante Strickland, from Casper (Wyoming) College and Central Catholic High, has signed a letter-of-intent with Portland State. Strickland, 5-10, from Vancouver, Washington, averaged 15.6 points, 5.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 32 games for 24-9 Casper last season, earning Region IX North player-of-the-year honors.
COLLEGE MEN'S TENNIS
The University of Oregon will be a No. 2 regional seed and open the NCAA tournament against Memphis on May 12 at College Station, Texas.
The other first-round match there will have host Texas A&M, seeded 12th overall in the tourney, meeting Buffalo.
Last year was Oregon's fifth appearance in the NCAA championships and the Ducks' first victory.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S TENNIS
The Oregon Ducks are in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years.
Oregon will open May 13 against No. 2-seeded host North Carolina State. The Ducks are the No. 3 seed in a regional at Athens, Georgia.
Top-seeded Georgia (No. 5 in the nation) will meet fourth seed South Carolina State.