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2013 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview: No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 12 Oregon

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

If you are only a casual fan, then you would assume that a one-seed against a No. 12 really is a lopsided battle. However, the Oregon Ducks being placed as a 12-seed on selection Sunday was probably the biggest stunner that came out of Greg Gumbel‘s lips.

Thanks to showing the nation why they shouldn’t have been seeded that high, Oregon is now stuck with the tough task of facing the Louisville Cardinals in the Sweet 16. Regardless of what you feel about any of the team’s seeding, if the NCAA Tournament has taught us anything it is that at this point in the big dance, seeding can be thrown out the window.

What to Watch For

Louisville has more experienced, better overall talent. Still, sometimes a strange version of some of the Cardinals players appear during games. Russ Smith can go all Rusdiculous at the wrong times, Peyton Siva can magically become into a mediocre player and Louisville is obviously worse-off when these things happen. It will be up to Rick Pitino to make sure the better versions of these two players show up.

Damyean Dotson has quietly stole the NCAA Tournament show. While there might be funner, more lighthearted stories in the state of Florida, Dotson has been playing lights-out in the first two postseason games. So far, Dotson is averaging 20 points per game in the big dance — that is nine points above his average. Oregon’s success or failure will likely be keyed by the freshman.

Prediction

I think it is safe at this point to assume everyone knows Oregon is better than a 12-seed. However, it won’t be enough to get past the number one overall seed.

Louisville 76 — Oregon 70

For more in-depth, team specific breakdowns head on over to the Oregon Profile and Louisville Profile.

 

Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone