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Oregon had every right to play its opening game with a chip on its shoulder.
After winning the Pac-12 tournament, they were “rewarded” with being a No. 12 seed in this year’s March Madness.
The Fighting Ducks (that’s what it said on their jerseys) got their payback by knocking off the No. 5 seed Oklahoma State Cowboys 68-55.
Freshman guard Damyean Dotson led all Oregon’s scorers with 17 points.
Senior PF and double-double dude Arsalan Kazemi (pictured) put in 11 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Six of his rebounds were offensive boards.
National Freshman of the Year and Big 12 Player of the Year Marcus Smart never really got on track even though he finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five steals. The other side to his stat line was five turnovers, 5-of-13 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 from the line.
Oregon easily won the battle on the boards 44-30 and held the 'Pokes to 29.4 percent (5-of-17) shooting from beyond the arc.
Oregon will play No. 4 seed Saint Louis (27-6) on Saturday in the round of 32.