The West Region of this year’s Sweet 16 definitely isn’t hurting for storylines. Duke is college basketball royalty with a king for a coach looking another Final Four appearance. Oregon, the No. 1 seed, is still fighting for respect outside of the paper tiger that is the Pac-12.
The first week of the NCAA Tournament has come and gone, and we have cut down the field to the Sweet 16. Northern Iowa, Stephen F. Austin and Middle Tennessee tried their best to play the role of Cinderella, but the clock has struck midnight on the mid-majors, as the Sweet 16 has turned into a battle of the college basketball big boys — including a record six ACC teams.
Following a day when several Big 12 Conference programs went down in defeat, the Oklahoma State Cowboys hope to avoid similar trappings on Friday as they take on the Oregon Ducks in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the CenturyLink Center.
The fifth-ranked and top-seeded Arizona Wildcats will try to avoid their fourth Pac-12 Tournament championship game loss in the last five years when they take on the second-seeded Oregon Ducks in the league title match Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena.