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75 years after Tall Firs won it all, Ducks back in hunt with Sweet 16

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Oregon players celebrate on the court during the second half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Oklahoma State in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, March 21, 2013. Oregon won 68-55. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

EUGENE, Ore. - From national TV coverage to the campus newspaper, the Oregon Ducks have been turning heads and making headlines with their arrival in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16.

University of Oregon officials are trying to boost the buzz behind this team. At the UO Alumni Association, they've been busy tracking down Indianapolis hotel space for fans.

"Over the course of the weekend we were able to obtain hotel rooms at the Crown Plaza, which is nearby Lucas Oil Stadium," said Anthony McAdoo, Senior Associate Director at the alumni center.

UO athletics officials meanwhile are reaching out to season ticket holders for Sweet 16 ticket requests.

"It's going to be a very tough ticket," Senior Associate Athletics Director Craig Pintens told KVAL News, "because you've got Louisville, who travels very well and is very close.  You've got Michigan State who travels very well."

At Premier Travel in Springfield, fans have been calling, but sorry: no charter flights or package deals this time.

"It's hard to put a package together with that short of a notice, but there are hotels that are available that are within walking distance to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis," said manager Lauri Quinby at Premier.

Another story line is the historical karma surrounding the Ducks' run.

It's the 75th anniversary of March Madness.  

Second,

it was Oregon and Ohio State in that first NCAA championship in 1939

, won by the Webfoots. Both schools are in the Sweet 16 this week.

By early Friday evening - the game starts around 4:15 p.m. - we'll know if these long-shot Ducks have a shot at making history.

"You know, I'd like to see Ohio State go out before then but definitely, if the Ducks continue on the roll that they're on, it could be a nice 75Th anniversary," said McAdoo.

Pintens said season ticket holders and Duck Athletic Fund contributors have requested most of the opening allocation of 500 tickets from the NCAA.

Another 750 tickets on consignment are on standby, but Pintens said Oregon would have to buy the whole batch and hope they all sell.

Meanwhile, it looks as though Oregon fans will be outnumbered in Indiana.

Tourism bosses in Indianapolis said Louisville, Michigan State and Duke fans are gobbling up most of the available tickets.