Despite winning the Pac 12 Tournament Championship, the Oregon Ducks didn’t seem to receive the respect they deserved heading into the 2013 NCAA Tournament as they earned the No. 12 seed in the Midwest Region–which was a big surprise. Now, it appears the Ducks are playing with an extra chip on their shoulder as they made a major statement in their first game of the tournament against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Oregon came through with the first upset of this year’s tournament after their 68-55 win on Thursday. Arsalan Kazemi came up big for the Ducks as he scored 11 points to go along with 11 rebounds–helping the Ducks prove they deserved a higher seed than No. 12 in the Midwest Region.
For the most part, the NCAA Tournament sees plenty of teams making a strong run when they get hot at the right time and even though it’s early on–this could easily be the case for the Ducks heading into the third round. By giving Oregon a No. 12 seed, the committee basically said a team that won their conference tournament title was on the bubble watch.
It’s safe to say Oregon ruined a lot of brackets with their upset over Oklahoma State and now they will play St. Louis–who is 16-1 over their last 17 games–in the third round of the tournament on Saturday. The Ducks wanted to make a statement heading into Thursday and now they have the perfect opportunity to make a strong run by starting off the tournament with an upset.
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