Oregon has the ability to play with and beat Louisville, but they must play at their A game by keeping the turnovers down, starting the game strong early and continuing to hit three pointers. With those keys, Oregon will make its way to the Elite 8 and all of the glamour that goes along with it.
The Oregon Ducks used an impressive effort on the court to upset five-seeded Oklahoma State on Thursday afternoon by a score of 69-54. Arsalan Kazemi grabbed 17 rebounds while Damyean Dotson led the Ducks with 17 points.
Coming off a 26-8 season where they recently won the Pac-12 tournament championship, the Oregon Ducks were selected as a 12 seed in the NCAA tournament. Oregon was selected to the midwest region and will play #14 Oklahoma State Thursday in San Jose, California. The NCAA tournament selection is the Ducks first since 2008, and the first for everyone on Oregon’s roster except Center Tony Woods.
Oregon did everything right against Stanford Saturday night, and avenged its worst loss of the season in the process. After a disappointing 48-46 loss to Cal Thursday, Oregon’s balanced scoring and points off turnovers propelled them to a 77-66 victory. The win took away the chance for the Bay Area schools to sweep the Ducks, and payback for its 24 point loss to Stanford earlier in the season.
Ranked 16th in the nation and boasting a 16-2 record, the Oregon men’s basketball team have been projected as a five seed in Joe Lunardi’s latest NCAA tournament Bracketology. The Ducks have been rising recently in Lunardi’s weekly projected rankings. Last week Oregon was projected as a seven seed and they were projected as a ten seed the week before that.