March Madness: West Region Sweet Sixteen Recap

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It is rare that a number one seed is considered the underdog by the masses when facing a four seed. However, one should never expect the norm when playing Duke and Coach K in March Madness. The predominantly football school Oregon continued to prove to the world that they are deserving of the number one seed as they took down the reigning champion Duke Bluedevils 82-68. The Ducks took a double-digit lead early on in the second half and never looked back. They were led by All-Pac-12 First Team member Dillon Brooks, who had 22 points on the night. Brooks came under fire from the legendary Coach K at the end of the game which stole a lot of the headlines. Brooks made a half-court three with less than 15 seconds left in the game, and in his defense there were only three seconds left on the shot clock. It was reported that Coach K told sophomore guard Brooks in the handshake line after the game “You’re too good to be showing off.” The Ducks are proving that they are one of the most complete teams in the nation. Their supreme athleticism will be put to the test next round against the Sooners who are led by Player of the Year Finalist Buddy Hield.

Oklahoma finally proved that they do not live and die with star guard Buddy Hield as they dismantled Texas A&M 77-63. The Sooners had an all-around performance and ended the game with five players in double figures, while Jordan Woodard led the way with 22 points. This game was never close as Texas A&M struggled with a cold shooting night. It will be a much tougher game against the Oregon Ducks next round as the Ducks have very athletic wing players who can all match up against Hield, along with two of the best shot-blockers in the nation. The Sooners will need another strong team effort if they wish to make a final four appearance. It will undoubtedly be one of the best games of the tournament.