Oregon’s offense is their best asset. Joe Young can put up points in a hurry and is a lot of fun to watch. The Ducks will do their best to keep pushing the ball up and down the court.
Oklahoma State will play the role of the turtle in this game. They are methodical and use their defense to set up a lot of their offense. I don’t want to compare their half-court offense to watching paint dry, but it’s damn close.
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Oregon got hot at the right time. They went into the Pac-12 conference tournament winning nine out of their last ten games. They made the conference tournament semifinal, but got blown out by Arizona. The Ducks lean heavily on senior guard Joe Young. He will need to have a big game to beat Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State will make a team work just to score 50 points in a game. Senior Le’Bryan Nash has been in the NCAA Tournament many times in his college career. He’s having a hell of a season. If Oregon dictates the pace of this game, Nash will get more shots.
The pace of the game will be the key to winning this game. Oregon likes to play faster, since they play smaller and faster style of offense. Oklahoma State will press in hopes of causing turnovers, but they like to take their time on offense. If Oregon gets to 65 points, they will win this game.
Prediction: #8 Oregon Ducks
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.