Oregon Seeded 12th? Really? Really??


The NCAA Basketball Tournament selection committee met Sunday in the mile-high city of Denver – or maybe it was high atop the Space Needle in Seattle – okay, I don’t really know where they met, but they were obviously at very high altitude when they met and they had to be some place where they were under the influence of hypoxia.  At least that’s the only thing I can think of that would begin to explain their, uh… well, there has to be a better word for it than “logic”.

It is difficult to figure out how UCLA and Arizona rate sixth seeds when Oregon was 3-0 against them and won the PAC-12 Tourney, and it’s even more curious how mid-PAC Colorado rated a tenth seed.  California was the remaining PAC-12 team invited to the Big Dance, also with a twelfth seed.  All I can say is that it’s a good thing the Ducks won the tournament or they probably would have been left out completely.

That’s the bad news.  The good news is that the Ducks got assigned to play in San Jose against an initial foursome that includes Oklahoma State (24-8), Saint Louis (27-6) and New Mexico State (24-10).  Oregon is as close to a home team as there is in that group of four, and while nothing is a given for anybody this year, the travel for the first weekend and the road to the Sweet Sixteen could have been tougher draws.  I still think there should be mandatory drug testing for the selection committee members, though — at least for substances other than PEDS, because clearly that was not an issue!

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Mike Merrell

Mike Merrell

Mike (Editor-in-Chief) is a 1970 graduate of the University of Oregon where he attended the Honors College and received all-conference honors as a swimmer. After college, Mike ran for the Oregon Track Club and narrowly missed qualifying for the US Olympic Trials in the marathon. He continues his involvement in sports with near-daily swimming or running workouts, occasional masters swim competition (where he has received two Top-10 World rankings), providing volunteer coaching to local triathletes and helping out with FishDuck.com. Mike lives on 28 acres in the forest near Sandpoint, Idaho, where he has served as a certified public accountant for most of his working career. His current night job is writing novels about Abby Westminster, the only known illegitimate daughter of Britain's finest secret agent who has to bring down arch-villains plotting dastardly deeds. And, yes, Abby is also a DUCK!