Ducks draw Okla. State in NCAA tournament

Ducks draw Okla. State in NCAA tournament

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by ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer

kgw.com

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 18 at 4:16 PM

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.

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