Posted March 20, 2013 on
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A Pac-12 tournament title, a second-place finish in the regular season and a ranking in the final AP poll added up to very little for Oregon when it came time for NCAA tournament seeding.
The Ducks (26-8) ended up with the 12th seed in the Midwest Region in what was one of the more questioned decisions made by the tournament selection committee.
For Oregon, the slight wasn't all bad as they get to stay on the West Coast this weekend in San Jose. Their second-round opponent might have more to complain about as the draw gave fifth-seeded Oklahoma State (24-8) a tougher-than-expected opening game.
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SAN JOSE- If Oregon felt disrespected by the NCAA selection committee's placement, it was the Oklahoma State Cowboys feeling the brunt of the Duck backlash. Oregon punished the Cowboys on the glass, outshot them from three and led for the majority of the game in a 68-53 win.
Oklahoma State knew what it would be up against when they faced Oregon on Thursday: no surprises. Oregon would focus on turning the Cowboys over and owning the rebounding margin. And that's exactly what the Ducks did, to little resistance from Travis Ford's group. Here's a quick look at the game:
Oklahoma State's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2010 didn't go as well as Travis Ford and his team was hoping. The Cowboys struggled offensively in suffering a 68-55 loss to Oregon in a second-round game of the Midwest Regional in San Jose, Calif. The Cowboys finish the season with a 24-9 record.
Markel Brown didn’t need to be told where his Big 12 brethren were headed in the moments following Selection Sunday. Minutes after the NCAA Tournament field was announced, the Oklahoma State guard rattled off the seeds of Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Iowa State in response to questions from the media. It didn’t take him long to learn the field.
If the NCAA Tournament is all about matchups as the so called experts say it is then Oklahoma State should be in good shape. That’s because the Cowboys guards of Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Phil Forte could cause problems in OSU’s first game Thursday afternoon against Oregon in the Midwest Regional in San Jose, Calif.
The Midwest Regional is widely regarded as one of the most difficult this NCAA Tournament season. If Oklahoma State is going to make a run, they'll need to eliminate a number of dangerous teams. With Oregon on the horizon, it's time to see who else might be ahead for the Cowboys.
Oregon's win set several individual and team records. The Ducks defeated Oklahoma State 68-55 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Oregon led most of the game and had a 37-26 lead.
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