LAS VEGAS — Seeding will say that Oregon was the most surprising winner ever at the Pac-12 Tournament, but the Ducks never did play the underdog role very well.

Oregon arrived at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday confidently coming off a win at conference champion Washington and left Saturday night with a 68-48 win over the Huskies that sent the Ducks directly into the NCAA Tournament.

Three weeks after Oregon fell to 15-12 by blowing a 19-point lead at UCLA, it continued an eight-game winning streak by winning for the fourth straight night when a loss in any of those games would have likely ended the Ducks’ NCAA Tournament hopes.

“We had a lot of ups and down, all of us were frustrated, but the resolve they showed to fight back and really become a team was neat to see,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “The last three weeks have been amazing, a lot of fun to work with them and I’m looking forward to continuing to play.”

Sixth-seeded Oregon matched Colorado in 2012 as the lowest seed to win the tournament, but unlike the Buffaloes, Oregon had to beat each of the top three teams on consecutive nights to take the title. Those were not unexpected results for the local oddsmakers who favored the Ducks in each of those games.

“I told coach that I want this team to be remembered in Oregon history,” Oregon senior Paul White said as confetti fell from the ceiling while the Ducks raised the championship trophy. “Any time he is coaching I want us to be one of the teams that he referred to. We showed heart and dedication and toughness.”

Payton Pritchard was named the most outstanding player at the tournament after finishing with 20 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and four steals in the finale. He had 65 points, 22 assists and eight steals during the week.

“Payton put us on his back and we just followed his lead,” White said.

Pritchard, a second-team all-conference selection as a sophomore who was left off that list this season, was also Oregon’s emotional leader throughout the tournament.

“I wanted to prove a lot of people wrong that doubted me,” Pritchard said.

Oregon (23-12) will be on the NCAA bracket when it is revealed at 3 p.m. Sunday as the Ducks wait to learn their seed and regional site. Oregon seems likely to be a No. 10 or 11 seed and would like to stay in the West to play at San Jose or Salt Lake City.

Louis King, who arrived at the game with a boot on his left foot after suffering an injury in Friday’s semifinal win over Arizona State, had 15 points while making 4-of-7 shots. Altman said he was hopeful King could play when his foot showed no sign of swelling in the morning

“I was ready for the moment,” King said. “In the second half, I knew we needed this one bad.”

White had 14 points while Kenny Wooten blocked four shots and added seven rebounds as Oregon had a 33-24 edge on the boards. The Ducks shot 52.5 percent from the field, including 11-for-17 in the second half while making all 17 free throws during the final 20 minutes.

Oregon led 28-26 at halftime before outscoring the Huskies 40-22 in the second half.

“Everybody started to sense that all we need is 20 more minutes of playing hard and we were Pac-12 champs,” White said. “So as bad as we felt like we played in the first half, we still had the lead.”

Matisse Thybulle had a steal and dunk to get the Huskies (26-8) within 30-28 early in the second half before the Ducks followed with 14 straight points.

King scored the first seven points of that run before Pritchard got a layup. White made a 3-pointer and Will Richardson hit two free throws to put the Ducks ahead 44-28 with 10:42 left in the game.

“I thought that was the 10-minute stretch that really decided the game,” Altman said. “Our defense was really good and we did make some plays offensively. Kenny protected the rim and put some thought about getting in the paint and then we contested their 3s.”

The closest Washington got the rest of the way was 48-35 before the Ducks followed with eight straight points, including an alley-oop from Pritchard to Wooten as the shot clock expired.

“Then I knew it was done,” Pritchard said.

Pritchard finished his night with a steal and left-handed dunk in the final minutes before Altman pulled his starters to an ovation from the partisan Oregon crowd.

“I thought if I got a steal, then I’d give it a shot and see what I could do,” Pritchard said of his first dunk of the season. “Just the perfect way to put an exclamation point on the game.”