by DSH contributing writer Eric Sloat
Oregon has nothing to complain about their seeding this time; the Ducks are a 7 and will face 10, BYU, in a West Regional, Saturday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After most projections had the Ducks in the 8/9 slot this is great, and puts the Ducks in as good a position for a run as they could have hoped for.
Oregon beat BYU 100-96 in overtime in Matthew Knight Arena last December, and the Cougars will be without their second best player, guard, Kyle Collinsworth, who tore his ACL in the Cougars conference championship game against Gonzaga, last week. Collinsworth led BYU in rebounds, 8.1, assists, 4.6, and was second in scoring, 14.0. The Cougars are led in scoring by Taylor Haws, 23.4, Haws got 32 in the game against the Ducks. If the Ducks get by BYU, they would likely face #2 Wisconsin in the second round.
Arizona is #1 in the West; the Wildcats should beat Weber St, and then probably match up with Oklahoma St. UCLA is #4 in the South; The Bruins have Tulsa in the first round, and probably Stephen F. Austin in the second round. Stanford is #10 in the South; the Cardinals have a tough draw, facing #7 New Mexico, and then likely, #2 Kansas in the second round. Colorado, #8 in the South, goes up against a good Pittsburgh Panthers team, and if they get past them, would probably have to deal with overall #1, Florida in the second round. Arizona State is#7 in the Midwest; the Sun Devils meet Texas in the first round, and probably #2 Michigan in the second round.