The only double-digit seed team left in the NCAA Tournament, the 12-seeded Oregon Ducks, have been on a tear lately. Going back to Feb. 28, they are winners of 10 straight games by an average margin of victory of 18.9 points. Starting tomorrow night, we will find out of this Oregon team is along for the ride, or if they mean actual business this season.
12 clearly is just a number for this team, after winning the Pac-12 Championship to automatically qualify, they took down fifth-seeded Wisconsin in the round of 64 by 18 points, and Cinderella hopeful UC Irvine by 19 points in the round of 32.
This team realistically has not made a national headline since its 7-3 phenom, Bol Bol, went down with a season-ending injury this season. Quietly though, this Ducks team is the hottest in the country, and will get to show the nation who they really are going up against No. 1 seed Virginia tomorrow night for a 9:57 p.m. eastern tip-off.
Junior point-guard Payton Pritchard plays with an unmatched attitude. Louis King and Paul White have also filled the void with their rising emergence.
Coach Dana Altman has been here before, whether it’s been the 12th, first or any seed in between, the Ducks have been irritant to teams in the NCAA Tournament the past decade.
They currently are 8.5 point underdogs to the Cavaliers, who almost faced Deja Vu to a 16-seed again last week. It almost feels like the Ducks has to be licking their chops in this position, and in no way should fear this Virginia team.
March Madness has had its disappointments, but an Oregon upset here could shockwave for an eventful weekend of Sweet 16 and Elite 8 action.