Published March 17, 2013
In the space of a week, Oregon ran an emotional gamut.
The Ducks ended the regular season with a thud — losing their final two games — then turned around and won the Pacific-12 Conference tournament.
Now Oregon heads into the NCAA tournament as the No. 12 seed in the Midwest Region. The Ducks (26-8) will face No. 14 Oklahoma State, the fifth seed in the Midwest, on Thursday in San Jose, Calif.
Coach Dana Altman believes Oregon is stronger because of the roller-coaster they've been on.
The Cowboys (24-8) finished third in the Big 12 behind co-champions Kansas and Kansas State. The team is led by freshman point guard Marcus Smart, who won the Big 12's Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors.