Thursday, March 21, 2013

Oregon pulls 1st upset of the 2013 NCAA Tournament

Earlier today we featured our look at the teams that needed to watch their backs for the upset special and while three of the four have yet to go off or aren't complete, we got our first upset from the first game we mentioned as Oregon cruised to a 68-55 victory over Oklahoma State.

However, we shouldn't be so shocked to see a 12 seed take down a 5 seed, it's been the most popular upset throughout the years since the field went to 64 teams. Heck, this win makes it 6 straight years of a 12 beating a 5 in the tournament.

What was different about this one was the fact that they kicked the crap out of the Cowboys. The Ducks can thank their good shooting from the outside (36.4% as a team) and suffocating defense for this victory. In fact, one could argue they just showed the blueprint in how to win a game in the NCAA tournament period.

Damyean Dotson led Oregon and with a game high 17 points on 3 of 4 shooting from the outside and 4 of 8 shooting overall. The guard also had 2 assists and steal to help his team out, but no one was as helpful as Arsalan Kazemi. The Ducks' forward poured in 11 points and completed a double-double with 17 rebounds.

Carlos Emory nearly joined Kazemi in the double-double category coming up just a rebound short (9) to go along with his 12 points.

Oklahoma State was bothered all game long by what Oregon was doing defensively and it showed in their three point and free throw shooting, going just 5-17 from deep and 8 of 15 from the charity stripe.

Markel Brown led the way for the Pokes, scoring 16 points in the losing effort. However, he was just 6 of 16 from the floor and just 2 of 8 from deep in the game, showing a microcosm of the frustration Oregon created.

The Ducks advance to the 3rd round to face the Bilikins of Saint Louis on Saturday in a 12 vs. 4 matchup.

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