Second verse, same as the first? The Oregon Ducks certainly hope they can, and maybe even do better.
The Ducks are a No. 12 seed for the second time in school history. The only other time came in 2013, when the team shocked two Top 5 seeds on route to the Sweet 16.
Oregon was placed in the Midwest Region in 2013 and played their first two games in San Jose, CA. The Ducks are in the South Region this year, and they will start in … San Jose, CA.
Last time as a No. 12, Oregon upset No. 5 seed Oklahoma state 68-55 in the opening round. The Ducks rode the wave and smacked No. 4 seed St. Louis 74-57.
Unfortunately, in the next round, they ran into the No. 2 overall seed and No. 1 in the Midwest Region, Louisville. The Cardinals beat Oregon, 69-77.
Louisville would go on to win the 2013 NCAA Title, but the Championship was stripped away in 2018.
In 2013, it was surprising to see Oregon as a double digit seed after a Top 4 regular season in the Pac-12 and a Conference Tournament Championship. This time around, it fits a little more to be a No. 12 seed.
Oregon finished the season sixth in a “down” Pac-12 Conference. The Ducks weren’t deterred, and they won four games in four nights to steal a bid to the NCAA Tournament, literally.
If Oregon lost to Washington then UNC-Greensboro would have made it to the big dance instead, Stanford Athletic Director and NCAA Committee Chairman, Bernard Muir said.