The Saint Louis Billikens and Oregon Ducks were two of the most impressive teams to win in the second round. On Saturday, they'll face off for a chance to go to the Sweet 16.
The Billikens entered the tournament as a dark horse candidate to reach the Final Four. They may be a mid-major program from the Atlantic 10, but this is a team that executes very well on both ends of the floor and is very well coached.
SLU is ranked sixth in the nation in defensive efficiency. The offense can become a bit stagnant at times, although forward Dwayne Evans, who had 24 points on Thursday, can be a pest while attacking the rim.
The Ducks may be a No. 12 seed, but just about everyone would say this team was badly under-seeded.
With freshman point guard Dominic Artis healthy and running the show, UO is a much tougher team on both ends of the floor. They lack an elite scorer, but Kyle Singler, Carlos Emory, Damyean Dotson and Arsalan Kazemi can all stuff the stat sheet on any given night. Oregon knocked off five-seeded Oklahoma State, 68-55, to reach the third round.
On paper, this game has the potential to be great. Both teams are similar in what they like to do on the court, and they both have coaches who have done a terrific job this season.
What the game will likely come down to is turnovers. Oregon averages 15 a game, and they coughed it up 18 times in the opening round. Saint Louis loves to put pressure on the ball and force their opponents to make mistakes. If UO isn't able to keep possession on the offensive end, the Billikens will roll.
Start Time, TV Coverage: 7:10 p.m. ET, TBS
Location: HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA