Mar 2, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Wednesday night was another good example of why they play the games in College Basketball. Five of the Top 25 teams went down, including 6th Ranked Miami, 7th Ranked Georgetown and 24th ranked UCLA. Oregon also had a gift from both Washington State, who beat Cal in Pullman 73-61 and Stanford tool out Cal 83-70.
So, what does this mean for the Ducks heading into the weekend? Oregon now has a half game lead over UCLA and a one game lead over Cal.
Winning tonight at Colorado will get Oregon the Pac 12 Title, and the #1 Seed in the Pac 12 Tournament(6pn, ESPN2). If they lose, they have to win on Saturday at Utah. From there things get a little muddled as far as who gets what. The Ducks could still get part of the title, but it would be shared.
We are also at the point of the year where a win can make or break the bubble for teams. The Ducks are not at risk in this area. Their body of work on the year speaks for itself and winning will keep things on the positive – plus teams on a winning streak tend to look better than a team on a five game losing streak to the Committee making the ultimate decision.
March Madness looks like it may have started a little early, but I doubt that any college basketball fans are complaining.
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