No. 12 Oregon got past No. 5 Oklahoma State pretty easily in the Midwest Region, and as you may have noticed in the title, despite the difference in seeding, I’m not exactly sold on this result being an upset.
The Ducks were picked by many to emerge victorious from this game, and the real story should be how the heck they weren’t awarded with a better seed to begin with. Oregon took down Washington, Utah and 21st-ranked UCLA last week on their way to a Pac-12 tournament title and went 4-1 against ranked teams this season. I’m not saying the Ducks should have been a favourite to go deep or even that they should have been a top-8 seed, but a 12-seed? Really? On the same level as Akron, Ole Miss and Cal?
As for the Cowboys, after a 19-5 start to the season that included three streaks of at least five straight wins or more (one of which was a seven-game streak), they finished with just five wins in their last nine games and crash out of their first NCAA Tournament in three years earlier than they would have hoped.
The big question now is whether standout freshman point guard Marcus Smart will declare for the NBA Draft after completing his first season at Oklahoma State with a 14-point, 9-rebound, 5-assist, 5-steal performance in his tournament debut, though he did also turn the ball over five times and shot just 5-of-13 from the field. In a weak draft class that doesn’t offer much in the way of impact point guards, Smart should be in the running for a top-five pick or higher, and that alone should answer the question as to whether he declares.