SAN JOSE, Calif. – One is a mid-major that has been carrying on the memory of its late coach. The other is a Pac-12 tournament champion that feels slighted by its No. 12 seed.
When fourth-seeded Saint Louis and Oregon meet Saturday for a spot in the round of 16, there won't be any lack of motivation.
The Billikens (28-6) already have eclipsed the school record for wins, staying on the path Rick Majerus set before he died in December. Now they're going for consecutive wins in the same tournament for the first time after overwhelming New Mexico State 64-44 in their opening game.
The Ducks (27-8) sent a strong statement to the selection committee by upsetting No. 5 seed Oklahoma State 68-55. They haven't advanced past the first weekend since going to the regional final in 2007.