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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Phil Knight's money advances in hoops tourney

The Ducks have made it to the Sweet 16 round of March Madness, and of course, that will just make their devoted fans even more intolerable (if such a thing is possible). The team is peaking at just the right time, and its opponents so far, although capable, have been handed their heads. But next up for Oregon is Louisville, and many folks have those guys picked to go all the way. The game will be played in Indiana, which favors Louisville (less than two hours away on I-65). As always, we'll be pulling for the Ducks' opponent.

Meanwhile, another team we don't like, the vastly overrated Gonzaga squad, played its second bad game in a row and didn't get away with it. They fell to ninth-seeded Wichita State. Wichita will play either a 12-seed or a 13-seed in the Sweet 16, which will be sweet indeed for them. That will probably put a 9-seed or weaker up against The Ohio State for a berth in the Final Four.

UCLA and Cal have both exited, and so the only Pac 12 team left besides the Ducks is Arizona. The Wildcats have had two wimpy opponents and will face either Iowa State or Ohio State in the Sweet 16. It's nice for the conference that two Pac 12 teams are still playing, while Georgetown, Gonzaga, New Mexico, and Saint Louis are all watching on TV.

Also from the left coast, San Diego State is playing Florida Gulf Coast in the battle of the beach bum schools. Hard to believe, but one of those teams will be in the Sweet 16, there most likely to be crushed by the Florida Gators.

Comments (6)

Admittedly, I was a beach bum when I went to that school.

I see no way the Ducks will be able to handle the pressure defense that Louisville plays.

They've had a nice run and deserve some praise for playing good team ball - Uncle Phil or not.

Louisville is a scoring machine with solid defense & deserve their #1 seed - of course, I'm an underdogs kind of fan so I will be pulling for a miracle- Go Ducks.

The Ducks LOST at home to California a few weeks ago. Cal is the same team that Syracuse (Big East) just blew out yesterday in San Jose. And Syracuse just barely scratched out a 2 point win against Louisville earlier in the season. Both Syracuse & Louisville are much better teams than they were early in the season. I think that Oregon will get hammered by Louisville.

I know Uncle Phil's a mixed bag, but I watched the "survive and advance" 30 for 30 on the 1983 NC State Jimmy Valvano team, and it said the Jimmy V foundation just went over the $100 million mark. That's the same amount uncle Phil and aunt Penny gave to OHSU, which helped Brian Druker and his team change the cancer paradigm with their targeted T cell approach, which is now becoming mainstream. But for Druker I'd be dead. So, although it's fine and fair to call him on his crappy stuff, give Phil some credit for backing OHSU and Druker.

I am a Beaver fan, but GO DUCKS. They play exciting basketball and I love their hustle and speed.

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