The Oregon Ducks could have gone much farther in the 2013 NCAA Tournament if it weren’t for their bad seeding.
The Ducks did manage to make the Sweet 16 as a No. 12 seed, but too bad they had to play the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals. In case you already forgot somehow, the Cardinals did just win the national championship, so you could say that they weren’t too bad this year.
If Oregon would have gotten a No. 5 or No. 6 seed, it would have done wonders in the tourney. I bring up those two seeds because two Pac-12 teams earned them. The Arizona Wildcats were a No. 5 seed and the UCLA Bruins were a No. 6 seed. Oregon only finished one game back in the regular season conference standings and it won the Pac-12 tourney. How exactly did the Bruins and Wildcats get those seeds and Oregon got a 12 seed?
At the very least the Ducks should have received a No. 8 seed or heck even a No. 10 seed, which is what the Colorado Buffaloes got, who despite beating Oregon twice on the season, had three more losses than the Ducks.
Oregon played Louisville pretty close regardless, but ended up losing by eight points. Whether the case, the Ducks had a great season, they were just given a terrible seed in the Big Dance, which eventually caught up to them in the round of 16. Who knows how far this team would have gone if it received a higher seed, but none of it really matters in the grand scheme of things because Louisville was clearly the best team in the tournament.
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