March Madness Déjà vu: Oregon Meets Oklahoma State Friday in Omaha


As the Championship games wrapped on Sunday with Arizona winning the Pac-12 Championship on Saturday night out rebounding the Ducks 37-20 in the process, Oregon would wait to see where they would end up playing in the NCAA Tournament.

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The season was another successful one with the Oregon Ducks winning twelve of their final fourteen games, including two in the Pac-12 Tournament against Colorado and Utah. One of the big reasons for the wins this season is Joseph Young. The Senior hit the game winning shot in the Pac-12 Tournament against Utah with just over two seconds left giving Oregon a 67-64 win. Young has averaged over twenty five points per game in the team’s recent winning streak and will look to lead the way in the NCAA Tournament.

Joe Lunardi from ESPN had Oregon as a seven seed entering the Tournament playing in Seattle and facing possibly Gonzaga. After two brackets in the Midwest and the East there were no Pac-12 teams announced. South or West is where everyone from the Pac-12 would end up and Altman would find his team not being awarded for their end of the year run. Utah would be the Pac-12 team playing in Portland and UCLA would also be announced in Kentucky before Oregon would find out where they were playing. The West Region would be where the Ducks would play.

"They played in one of the most competitive leagues this year. We will not be looking past Oklahoma State. We played them a couple of years ago. We respect their talent and athleticism. We’ll have to play really well. Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman on NCAA Second Round Opponent Oklahoma State."

Oregon would be the eight seed in the West Region and take on Oklahoma State on Friday in Omaha, Nebraska. The top seeded Wisconsin Badgers in the West lead the bracket. Oregon met Oklahoma State in the NCAA Tournament two years ago and won.

An eight seed is respectable for the Ducks this season considering their body of work. Of course, the Ducks cannot be caught looking ahead to the rematch with Wisconsin, a team they also faced and lost too recently in the NCAA Tournament. Oregon lost to Wisconsin last season in the Sweet 16.