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When Was The Last Time Oregon Reached The Final Four

Oregon is known for its flashy football program, one of the best in the Pac-12 over the last decade, but the basketball program is experiencing a renaissance under head coach Dana Altman. The Ducks are the No. 1 seed in the West Region, and play the Duke Blue Devils in tonight's Sweet 16 for the chance to play for a Final Four berth. While some may think this would be the first trip to the Tournament's final weekend for the program, Oregon actually has a college basketball national championship under its belt.

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From the archives: @OregonMBB won the first @NCAA title in 1939. Story: https://t.co/QviYjcGqjUpic.twitter.com/BGzk73zfWV

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">@NCAA title in 1939. Story: https://t.co/QviYjcGqjUpic.twitter.com/BGzk73zfWV

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From the archives: @OregonMBB won the first @NCAA title in 1939. Story: https://t.co/QviYjcGqjUpic.twitter.com/BGzk73zfWV

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The 1938-39 Oregon "Webfoots," led by head coach Howard Hobson, finished with a 29-5 record, and defeated Texas, Oklahoma, and Ohio State in the tournament en route to a title. Hobson's team was nicknamed the "Tall Firs," due to a size advantage over most opponents. The roster featured four players that were at least 6-foot-4, with 6-foot-8 Slim Wintermute playing center. He was one of the team's three All-Americans, along with guard Bobby Anet and forward Lauren Gale, and went on to a professional career and was inducted into University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. Hobson and Gale are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Between 1939 and 2000, the Oregon program only made the NCAA Tournament four times: 1945, 1960, 1961, and 1995. The Ducks have seen a resurgence in recent years, and are playing in their fourth straight tournament, and first Sweet 16 berth since 2013. In 2007, Oregon made the Elite Eight in the Midwest Region, falling to eventual national champion Florida. This year's team has a tough test ahead of it, in Duke, but with two more wins, Dillon Brooks and company can take Oregon to a place it hasn't been in 77 years.

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