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One is a mid-major that has been carrying on the memory of its late coach. The other is a Pac-12 tournament champion that feels slighted by its No. 12 seed.
When fourth-seeded Saint Louis and Oregon meet Saturday for a spot in the round of 16, neither side will be lacking motivation.
The Billikens (28-6) already have eclipsed the 1988-89 team's school record of 27 victories, staying on the path Rick Majerus set before he died in December. Now they're going for consecutive wins in the same tournament for the first time after overwhelming New Mexico State 64-44 in their opening game.
The Ducks (27-8) sent a strong statement to the selection committee in upsetting No. 5 seed Oklahoma State 68-55. They haven't advanced past the first weekend since going to the regional final in 2007, when they lost to eventual repeat champion Florida - a game coincidentally played in Saint Louis.
With a chance to earn a spot in the Midwest Regional in Indianapolis next week, one more win...
BEST OF MAXIM
Damyean Dotson scored 23 points, Carlos Emory added 14 points and hot-shooting Oregon sprinted past fourth-seeded Saint Louis 74-57 in the NCAA tournament Saturday night.
Dotson made his first five 3-pointers to carry the 12th-seeded Ducks (28-8) into the second weekend for the first time since 2007, when they lost to eventual repeat champion Florida in the regional final. Oregon...
For the first time since 2008, the Oregon men's basketball team is going to the big dance.
Considering the depths in which the Ducks had fallen to in between NCAA tournament appearances, the mere fact they made it should be cause for celebration.
However, this birth came with a little slap in the face. The Ducks and their followers feel slighted, even disrespected...
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Oregon is riding its much-debated No. 12 seed all the way to the round of 16.
Damyean Dotson scored 23 points, Carlos Emory added 14 points and the hot-shooting Ducks sprinted past fourth-seeded Saint Louis 74-57 in the NCAA tournament Saturday night.
Dotson made his first five 3-pointers to carry Oregon (28-8) into the second weekend for the first time...
Shooting an incredible 72.7 percent in 3-point shooting, the Oregon Ducks beat the St. Louis Billikens, 74-57 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Senior E.J. Singler talks about the Oregon 75-57 win over Saint Louis at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on March 23, 2013.
The Oregon Ducks advanced to the Sweet-16 today by defeating St. Louis 74-57 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
The Oregon Ducks using a stingy defense took the lead early in the game and never looked back on the way to a 68-55 win over Oklahoma State at at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., in front of a reported crowd of 16,836.
SAN, JOSE- What a whirlwind the last six days have been for the Oregon Ducks. Last Sunday much of the country scratched their collective heads at the Ducks No.12 seeding, but two blowout-upsets later and the Ducks will play in the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis next Friday.