Oklahoma State vs. Oregon: Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread Info and Predictions
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys and Oregon Ducks bring two high-powered offenses to their first round matchup in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
They will take court in San Jose in a No. 5 vs No. 12 matchup.
Oklahoma State is 24-8 and received an at-large bid to the Big Dance after it lost 68-57 to Kansas State in the Big 12 Tournament.
Oregon earned their ticket to March Madness by winning the Pac-12 Tournament with a 78-69 victory over UCLA.
Where: San Jose, Calif. at HP Pavilion
When: Thursday, March 21 at 4:40 p.m. ET
Betting Line: Oklahoma State -3.0, according to Wager Minds
Who will win this game?
All injury information via USA Today.
Oklahoma State lost guard Jean-Paul Olukemi for the season in November. Oregon has no injuries reported.
What's at stake?
Their NCAA Tournament lives, a shot at their one shining moment, and everlasting glory.
What they're saying
CBS Sports's Gary Parrish talks about Oregon's low seeding.
The Ducks are 26-8 overall but 21-4 with their starting point guard, Dominic Artis, who missed nine games with an injured foot. Oregon was in first place in the Pac-12 standings when Artis went down. Oregon won the Pac-12 tournament after Artis returned. And for that, the committee gave the Ducks a No. 12 seed?
Hoopsworld talks about the key players for Oklahoma State.
[Marcus] Smart, who takes no plays off and works as hard as anyone in college basketball, was named the Player and Freshman of the Year in the Big 12 after averaging 15 points, five rebounds, four assist and three steals a game. He has two fellow future pros on the wings in Markel Brown and Le’Bryan Nash. The sharpshooting Phil Forte, Smart’s longtime best friend, has also been an impact freshman, scoring 10 a night. His shooting has become vital as the Cowboys see defenses really sag in when he’s not out on the court since shooting from distance is not a strength of Brown, Nash or Smart.
Most important player to watch: Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart
The 6'4" freshman guard is already one of the best players in college basketball and is in the conversation for the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
He led the Cowboys in scoring (15.4), assists (4.2) and steals (2.9) and was third in rebounds (5.7). Smart is currently third on ESPN Insider Chad Ford's Big Board.
Key matchup: Battle of the Freshman Point Guards
Smart is the best player in this matchup, but Dominic Artis has been very solid for Oregon as well. He averaged 8.5 points and 3.4 assists per game this season and shot 34.8 percent from deep for the Ducks.
Artis won't be able to outplay his counterpart, but if he can make Smart work on the defensive end and limit his own turnovers, Oregon can have a shot at the upset.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 79, Oregon 70
Oklahoma State has the superior talent and is playing well as a team, going 12-3 in its past 15 games. Oklahoma State's star power will prove to be too much for Oregon.
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