Posted: 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013
By Avinash Kunnath
Matt Takimoto, Addicted to Quack - Louisville's press will cause any team to turn the ball over, so Oregon can't help the Cardinals out by making bad decisions or trying to force something that isn't there. They haven't been good at that all year, but they'll have to change in a hurry if they want to pull the upset. And Damyean Dotson has to continue his stellar play; he's averaging 20 ppg in the tourney so far, and was 5 for 6 from three-point range against Saint Louis. If Dot stays hot, the Ducks have a shot.
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: Simply stay hot and crash the boards. The three-point shot is the great equalizer in the tournament and you see it every year in most upsets of top teams when the underdog simply keeps knocking down threes. They will also need Arsalan Kazemi to remain Herculean on the offensive boards and give them additional opportunities to knock down shots.
Norcalnick, California Golden Blogs: I'd advocate turning the game into a bruising, defensive slog. I know Oregon tends to like to push the pace, but the strength of their team is defense. Oregon can win a game in the 50s or 60s, but I doubt they have enough offense to win a game in the 70s.
Adam Butler, Pac Hoops - Take care of that basketball. This will feature two teams that love them some defense and Louisville is a group that really forces decisions out of another team's guards. The Ducks have a turnover tendency which plays right into the Cardinals' wheelhouse. What's nice is the ability to have a number of players - Kazemi, Dotson, Singler - capable of contributing to the press break. Oh, and they're gonna have to make shots. Buckets.