2013 March Madness: #5 Oklahoma State vs #12 Oregon

Marcus+Smart+Oklahoma+State+2013If you’re looking to pick an upset, look no further than when a #5 seed meets a #12 seed in the first-round. These matchups are the most common upsets in the history of the NCAA Tournament.

#5 Oklahoma State (24-8) vs. #12 Oregon (26-8) could be a special game.

In December, it was unthinkable that Oregon would barely make the NCAA Tournament. They were 18-2 through January before hitting the heart of their Pac-12 schedule.

Can Oregon join the long list of #12 seed upsets?

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys might have the best player in this year’s tournament, Marcus Smart. He pushes the ball down the court and is a defensive ball hawk around the perimeter. He has a knack for shutting down the opposing team’s best perimeter scorer. OSU’s other guard Markel Brown isn’t too shabby either.

OSU does have a habit of runing isolation plays on offense. They don’t pass the ball well.

It is a tale of two seasons for the Oregon Ducks. You have the 18-2 start and the pedestrian 8-6 end. They averaged 75+ points per game during the first 20 games and then they hit a wall. They averaged over ten points less in their last 14 games.

Is Oregon more like the team that started hot or the vanilla team that finished poorly?

Unfortunately, I believe they will perform in the NCAA Tournament more like the team that sputtered at the end.

It’s a slippery slope when you start filling out your bracket with teams with an elite player. College coaches are smart and they can gameplan to take out a team’s best player. Oregon is talented, but in this case, they won’t be able to stop OSU’s Marcus Smart. I have the Cowboys advancing to face the winner of Saint Louis/New Mexico State game.

Prediction: Oklahoma State

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