(KSDK Sports) -- Don't let the seeding fool you today whe the Saint Louis Billikens and the Oregon Ducks meet in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday in San Jose. The Oregon Ducks are not your typical #12 seed. Not by a long shot.
There was a good amount of rumbling around the world of college basketball last Sunday, when the selection committee handed out the draws, and Oregon received its #12 seed. The general concenses among pundits is that the Ducks were miss-seeded, and should have been much higher. Oregon made that point on their own by doing away with Oklahoma State in the second round with ease.
The #4 Saint Louis Billikens won their second round game against New Mexico State 64-44. Billikens F Dwayne Evans finished with 24 points, six rebounds, an assist and a block. Evans went an impressive 11-for-16 from the field.
New Mexico State fought back in the second half, but Saint Louis' defensive pressure was just too much, especially on the perimeter, where New Mexico State shot 2-for-16.
The Billikens have five players who average at least nine points a game, Evans who averages 12.9 points per game and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game.
Senior G Kwamain Mitchell is averaging 10.2 points per game and a team-high 3 assists per contest. The balance continues onto the bench, led by senior F Cody Ellis, who averages 10.1 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game, and was named the A-10 Sixth Man of the Year.
Saint Louis has quality wins over New Mexico, Butler, and VCU this year. After the passing of Coach Rick Majerus in early December, the Billikens lost only three games the rest of the regular season. In seven NCAA Tournament appearances, the Billikens have never advanced past their second game.
The Oregon Ducks won their second round game 68-55 over Oklahoma State on Thursday.
Arsalan Kazemi finished with 11 points, 17 rebounds, two steals, and two assists for the Ducks. Dominic Artis had 13 points and four steals and helped slow down Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart.
Damyean Dotson had a team-high 17 points in the win. The Ducks lost three of their final five regular-season games but won the Pac-12 tournament for the first time since 2007. Freshman PG Artis missed all of February with a foot injury and has been eased into the rotation.
No Oregon player ranks among the Pac-12's top 20 scorers, but six players average more than nine points per game. Senior F E.J. Singler averages a team-high 11.7 points per game, while Artis averages 10 points per game and 3.5 assists per contest. Senior F Kazemi averages 9.2 points on 58.5% from the field, while also averaging a team-high 9.5 rebounds per game. Oregon's best wins this year were against UCLA, Arizona, and UNLV.
Oregon may have not struggled against Oklahoma State, but on the year the Duck have struggled against tough and physical defensive schemes. This isthe key for Saint Louis. If you play Oregontough and physical they can be beaten.