San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - The Oregon Ducks became the latest No. 12 seed
to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, and they will tangle
with the fourth-seeded Saint Louis Billikens in Midwest Regional action at HP
Pavilion on Saturday.
The winner of this clash moves on to the Sweet 16 next week against an
opponent to be determined.
Oregon, which entered the Big Dance in a surly mood after being labeled a 12-
seed even after finishing second in the Pac-12 during the regular season and
then winning the conference tournament, sent a message to the selection
committee by claiming a 68-55 win over No. 5 seed Oklahoma State in the second
round on Thursday, marking its 27th victory of the season (27-8) and its 13th
all-time in the NCAA Tournament. It was the first tourney triumph for the
Ducks since topping UNLV in the Sweet 16 back in 2007.
Saint Louis continued its sensational run through the 2012-13 campaign by
dismissing 13th-seeded New Mexico State in the second round on Thursday,
64-44. The 20-point margin of victory was the most for the team in its NCAA
Tournament history, which now includes a 5-8 ledger, and it was the Billikens'
28th win on the season overall, which established a new single-season school
record. SLU won the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament championship last
weekend, and has now five straight games.
This bout marks only the second meeting all-time between these two schools in
men's basketball, the first going to Oregon in a 59-55 final back in December
Damyean Dotson scored 17 points and Arsalan Kazemi logged a double-double
consisting of 11 points and 17 rebounds to help power the Ducks to their 13-
point win over Oklahoma State on Thursday. Dominic Artis tacked on 13 points,
but his biggest contribution may have been at the defensive end (four steals)
where he frustrated Cowboys' freshman sensation Marcus Smart into a 5-of-13
shooting effort (14 points). Carlos Emory added 12 points and nine boards for
Oregon, which shot just 39 percent from the floor, going 8-of-22 from 3-point
range in the process. The Ducks controlled the glass (44-32), but they were
guilty of 18 turnovers. E.J. Singler (11.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.9 apg) heads a list
of three double-digit scorers for Oregon, which puts up 71.7 ppg while
yielding 63.6 ppg. However, the real catalyst for the club is Artis (8.5 ppg,
3.4 apg), as the Ducks are now 22-4 this season with him in the lineup.
Dwayne Evans scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half, helping Saint Louis
continue its hot play of late, and dispatch with the Aggies of New Mexico
State on Thursday afternoon. Evans, who picked up MVP honors in the recently-
concluded A-10 tourney, set a new school record in NCAA Tournament action with
his point total, but he wasn't the only productive member of coach Jim Crews'
squad, as Cody Ellis and Cory Remekun both came off the bench to combine for
23 points and 12 rebounds. The Billikens shot 46.3 percent from the field, but
their strength, as it has been all season, came at the defensive end as NMSU
shot a paltry 27.9 percent from the floor, missing 14 of its 16 3-point
attempts along the way. SLU forced 16 turnovers, and won the game rather
handily despite being outrebounded by a 42-33 margin. Evans (14.0 ppg, 7.7
rpg, 43 steals, 25 blocks, .544 FG percentage, .772 free-throw percentage) is
one of the more well-rounded players in the Atlantic 10, and he seems to
thrive when the lights are the brightest. Saint Louis ranks among the national
leaders in scoring defense (57.7 ppg).
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