These tidbits are a mix of interesting facts and musings, short analysis and things to watch out for in the Sweet 16 matchup between the Oregon Ducks and Louisville Cardinals.
**Louisville is known for its unyielding full-court press, spearheaded by veteran guards Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. During the regular season the Cardinals were second in the entire country in steals per game. In context, there are 347 Division I teams. In the first round against North Carolina A&T, the Cardinals broke a tournament record with 20 steals.
**When asked about getting ready to face Louisville’s bottom of the ocean-like pressure, Oregon coach Dana Altman said: “I guess you can compare it to people trying to simulate our football team’s speed. You can’t do it.”
**To break the press, the Ducks will need speed to get around it and control to survive it, meaning Johnathan Loyd and Dominic Artis may see significant time on the floor together. “It’s something against Louisville that has to be an option,” Altman said of playing his point guards simultaneously.
**The Ducks shot 31.9 percent from three in the regular season and missed their primary three-ball shooter, Dominic Artis, for most of the season. Thus far in the postseason, UO has shot 47.4 percent despite Artis going 1-for-4 from deep.
**Oregon is a 12-seed and Louisville is a one-seed. No 12-seed has beaten a top-ranked team, going 0-18 since the tournament expanded to 64 or more teams in 1985.
**On three different occasions since 2000, Oregon has beaten Louisville by 20 or more points including the latest matchup, a 27-point Ducks win in 2001.
**Louisville possesses higher one-man averages in points and assists than Oregon, as Russ Smith outscores E.J. Singler, 18.4 to 11.6 and Peyton Siva bests Dominic Artis, 5.9 to 3.3 in assists.
**Who is your favorite wealthy elder – Colonel Sanders or Phil Knight? Oregon plays its home games in Matthew Knight Arena while Louisville calls the KFC Yum Center its haven.
**Of the remaining 16 participants in the bracket, Oregon (according to seeding) is the third-worst team left, in front of only 15-seeded Florida Gulf Coast and 13-seed La Salle. Louisville is the tournament’s overall top seed.
**Dana Altman has never reached the Sweet 16 as a head coach. Louisville’s coach Rick Pitino has made it to the Sweet 16 on 10 occasions, taking three different programs to the final four.
**Americans favor Louisville quite heavily to win the whole tournament, as one-third of online bracket entries have the Cardinals slotted as eventual champions. President Barack Obama picked Louisville to make to the ultimate twosome but Indiana as the 2013 kings.