Oregon has a track record of turning the ball over, which is not the best quality for a team facing Louisville.
DAYTON, Ohio (WDRB) – The bracket never sleeps. Neither does WDRB. Five takeaways from the NCAA Tournament bracket as we try to settle the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday.
1. Charred Duck – Oregon should be a great matchup for Louisville's full-court pressure. The Ducks rank 264th in the nation in turnover percentage, according to Ken Pomeroy. Rick Pitino's Cardinals rank second in percentage of turnovers forced.
Dana Altman's team has endured games with 21 turnovers (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), 20 (Nevada), 23 (Washington), 20 (Stanford) and 22 (California). Turn it over like that against Louisville, and it's a layup line.
2. Excited by a Russ Smith/Aaron Craft matchup?
Me, too. And if Louisville gets to Atlanta, we should get one because Ohio State is traveling on an express path to the Final Four.
If the Buckeyes win their game against Iowa State Sunday, they'll have more room to run than Ted Ginn Jr. The highest-ranked team Ohio State will encounter in Los Angeles could be Arizona, a six-seed. Gonzaga (1), New Mexico (3), Kansas State (4) and Wisconsin (5) were hardly a scary group to begin with, but they're already bunked in the Heartbreak Hotel.
3. Club Seats – Three coaches who are members of the National Championship Club have already secured spots in the Sweet Sixteen – Rick Pitino (Louisville), Tom Izzo (Michigan State) and Jim Boeheim (Syracuse).
4. Recognize These Names? Oregon's leading scorer is E.J. Singler, the younger brother of former Duke star Kyle Singler. But the Ducks are into the balance thing. They don't have anybody who averages a dozen points per game.
One of the Ducks' inside players is Tony Woods, the former Wake Forest player who lived in Louisville for several months and considered transferring to U of L and Kentucky before heading to Eugene. He's just another guy, averaging 9.1 points and 3.6 rebounds.
5. Ticket Mania – Remember, even though the Midwest Regional is being played at Lucas Oil Stadium, they're not using the 65,000-seat format from the 2012 Final Four. Capacity will be closer to 31,000 – and if Duke joins Louisville, Oregon and Michigan State on the card, tickets will be tight.