2013 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 12 Oregon vs No. 5 Oklahoma State

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The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee is a weird bunch of fellas. While I completely agree with every single team they let in the big dance, I do question some of their seeding decisions. Mainly, how did the Oregon Ducks end up as being a 12 seed when they finished their season by winning their conference tourney title? A 12 seed is usually reserved for bubble teams and I don’t know of many people who thought Oregon was on the bubble. They will be looking to right the Selection Committee’s wrong when they face-ff against a very good Oklahoma State Cowboys team.

What to Watch For

Guard play on both sides of the ball for both teams. OK State features Marcus Smart and Markel Brown, which might be the best back court in the country. The two combine for over 30 points per game which is nearly 50 percent of the team’s offense. On the other hand, Oregon is going to need freshman Damyean Dotson to play the game of his life on defense.

Who is going to run out of gas first? This game should be pretty high scoring and it could end up to who has the deeper bench. In a game where two teams are evenly matched, an unknown x-factor will likely end up being the deciding factor in the outcome of the game.

Prediction

If you read my intro then you know I am higher on the Ducks than the Selection Committee. Both of these teams are capable of going deep in the tournament — so it is a shame they have to meet this early because of seeding issues.

Oregon 79 OK State 78

For more in-depth, team specific breakdowns head over to the Oregon Profile page and the OK State Profile page.

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