Kelly Graves probably has a VHS tape of the movie "Hoosiers" somewhere.
The Oregon women’s basketball coach wants fans to show up and help make sure a modern version of the story doesn’t come to life on Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.
The second-seeded Ducks play No. 10 Indiana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Oregon men’s team also will be looking to advance to the Sweet 16 on Sunday. The Ducks’ game against UC Irvine is scheduled to tip at 6:40 p.m. on TBS.
“We might have to teach some of our clientele how to use, I was going to say VCR, but DVR, to tape,” Graves said. “They can come to our game, and can we make it a point to not give the score on the scoreboard at any point? Then they can go home and watch the men’s game in half the time because these commercials are so long.
“They can go home and just fast forward their way through it, and it’s the best of both worlds.”
The Ducks (30-4) made it to the regional final two years ago as a No. 10 seed, upsetting No. 2 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the second round. Last year they made another Elite Eight as a No. 2 seed, a run that included a win over No. 10 Minnesota at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Indiana Hoosiers (21-12) won the WNIT title last March and sent No. 7 Texas packing with a 69-65 win Friday.
“It is tournament time. You have to win and advance, or you go home and are done with your season,” Indiana coach Teri Moren said. “I sense the eagerness in our player’s right now. They obviously enjoy playing with one another, and I think that they want to continue to do that.
“There’s a joy that they have in competing and playing for Indiana together. I think that they feel good about what they did (against Texas), but they realize that they have a tall task.”
After going 5-3 down the stretch, which qualifies as a slump for Oregon these days, Graves’ team had a bounce in its step during the 70-48 first-round romp over No. 15 Portland State.
Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally combined for 43 points and 27 rebounds. The Ducks out-rebounded the Vikings 50-23 and had an 18-0 scoring edge in the paint.
Sabrina Ionescu did a little bit of everything with 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
“I know people focus on Ruthy all the time and Sabrina, but that frees me up a little more,” Sabally said of her career night cleaning the glass. “And if they focus on me, that will free up those two more.”
Indiana is led by junior guard Ali Patberg, who averages a team-high 15.8 points and 4.8 assists per game.
Sophomore guard Jaelynn Penn scored 24 points and sophomore guard Bendu Yeaney added 17 points against the Longhorns.
“They’re great players, well coached, super fundamentals,” Ionescu said. “We’re just excited to be able to go out there and play against them. They’re not going to beat themselves. They’re going to come out and have a well-executed game plan, and we’re going to have to be able to weather that.”
Indiana defeated UCLA 67-65 on the road during a 10-0 start to the season. Down the stretch the Hoosiers — who split two games with Michigan State, the only nonconference team to beat Oregon — had a four-game losing streak when Patberg was out with an injured shoulder.
“We had a tough stretch, which at the beginning of the season, coach said that would happen,” Patberg said. “She told us that it was going to be hard and it was going to be difficult. We kept our head down and worked hard in practice, and just that mentality that it’s a new season kept us going.
“Coach kept telling us that it’s a new season, no matter what happened during the regular season or in Big Ten. It’s anyone’s game now.”
Kym Royster, a 6-foot-2 senior, is the tallest player in Indiana’s starting lineup. The Hoosiers gave up 19 offensive rebounds to Texas but shot 44.4 percent from the field with seven made 3-pointers.
“I think they mirror us in a lot of the things they do,” Graves said. “They run a lot of sets and they execute really well. So it should be a fun, exciting game.”
The winner will advance to the Sweet 16 next Friday at Moda Center in Portland.
“It’s disappointing,” Graves said of Sunday’s television conflict with the men’s second-round game. “I wish they could work this out, the two networks, because then you’re making our fans choose. And that’s too bad, actually. That’s too bad.
“But we have our own fans, and I’m sure this place will be filled and rocking.”