Usually, the biggest travesties of the NCAA Tournament selections are bubble teams that don’t receive at-large bids. But, this year, the biggest jaw-dropping decision of this tournament was the Oregon Ducks only receiving a 12-seed in this year’s tournament. The Ducks have four wins over Top-50 RPI teams this season and were the Pac-12 Tournament champions. By Oregon only pulling a 12-seed, the Committee basically said that the Ducks would not have gotten in without that championship.
Not only did Oregon receive a 12-seed, but they were also lower than several at-large teams who don’t have nearly as impressive resumes as them. Bucknell received an 11-seed, Temple received a 9-seed, Villanova received a 9-seed, Wichita State received a 9-seed and Belmont received an 11-seed.
And, UCLA, who Oregon is 2-0 against this season and beat in the Pac-12 title game, yesterday, is a 6 seed. Wow, just wow. I’m not saying Oregon needed to be seeded higher than UCLA, but if the Bruins are 6 seeds better than the Ducks for finishing one game better than them in the conference, that’s pretty absurd.
The Ducks, as a result of their ridiculous slight, will now have to play the 5-seed Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Second Round. When the Ducks were celebrating their Pac-12 Tourney win on Saturday night, the Oregon coaches and players probably weren’t thinking they would be rewarded with a date with Marcus Smart, Markel Brown, Le’Bryan Nash and Phil Forte.