It is arguably one of the most beloved times of the year for most sports fans. Regardless of the attention we gave to college basketball during the regular season, we can all agree that we are suddenly “experts” now that March Madness has rolled around. Whether you’re filling out one or five different brackets, one piece of advice that I can give you is that the Oregon basketball team will advance to the 3rd round and play the Wisconsin Badgers.
Now as of right now, I don’t have a bold prediction for the potential Oregon-Wisconsin matchup. However, I do have an idea of what we should expect as the Ducks take on the BYU Cougars in the round of 64.
Throughout this game, there will be three main factors that will contribute to why the Ducks will win the game.
1. The Ducks beat BYU 100-95 in overtime. This game was played three months ago, and both teams have both had their ups and downs since, but Oregon still has the advantage right now.
2. BYU will be playing without Kyle Collinsworth. After tearing the ACL in his right knee in the WCC title game March 12th versus Gonzaga, Collinsworth will be out until next fall. This means the Cougars will be without their leading rebounder and second leading scorer.
3. The Ducks’ two transfer guards have been on fire! Senior Jason Calliste and junior Joseph Young were both leading the Ducks in points over their previous eight game win streak. Calliste has been on fire from behind the three point line while Young has been able to score from all areas on the court.
If the Ducks are able to limit BYU’s Tyler Haws, and score like they usually do then the Ducks should have no problem beating BYU and moving on to the next round. Their game will be played in Milwaukee, WI. at 3:10 p.m. ET. Whoever wins the game will go on to play the winner of the No. 2 seed Wisconsin and No. 15 seed American U game.