History helped predict 12th-seeded Oregon’s 68-55 win over fifth-seeded Oklahoma State in San Jose. For the 26th NCAA tournament in 29 years since the field expanded to 64 teams, a No. 5 seed has fallen to a No. 12 seed.
Many thought Oregon, which won the Pacific-12 tournament title, deserved a better tournament seed, and the team entered the Midwest Region first-round game eager to prove it deserved more respect from the selection committee. The Ducks likely would not have made the field without that automatic bid and sent a strong message against Oklahoma State by taking an 11-point lead into halftime. They maintained a double-digit edge the rest of the way and dominated on the boards with a 45-29 advantage.
In Oregon’s first NCAA tournament victory under Coach Dana Altman, four players scored at least 11 points, paced by freshman Damyean Dotson’s 17 points. The Ducks will meet Saint Louis on Saturday, reaching the second round for the first time since 2007.
The team got healthy at the right time, with their rise corresponding with freshman Dominic Artis’s return to the lineup after missing five weeks with a broken foot. A Bay Area native, the freshman had 13 points on four of seven shooting with four steals.
Meantime, Oklahoma State hasn’t had much luck in the tournament under Coach Travis Ford. In five seasons, the Cowboys have made three appearances, going 1-3 overall.
Oregon pick was easy– older team inside- terrific rebounding team-mix matching defense by a very good coach – UWelcome
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) March 21, 2013
— Wally Szczerbiak (@wallyball) March 21, 2013