After pulling off two upsets last weekend, the Oregon Ducks are now in the Sweet 16. Their challenges will not get any easier, as they’ll face the top-seeded Louisville Cardinals to see who will move on in the Midwest bracket. Despite getting a lower-than-expected seed on Selection Sunday and embracing the underdog role quite well, the Cardinals could possibly be the toughest test they face in the entire tournament.
That being said, one of the obvious keys to a potential upset is freshman guard Damyean Dotson. Currently the team’s second-leading scorer this season behind E.J. Singler, Dotson has been the star for the Ducks in this tournament. Scoring 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, he beat out his own performance against the Saint Louis Billikens with 23 points, including five made 3-pointers and a pair of steals.
Matched up against the heavy pressure provided by the Cardinals defense, he’ll be primarily matchup against Peyton Siva, Louisville’s starting senior point guard who has averaged 2.3 steals a game this season. They’ll focus on forcing turnovers to one of the more turnover-prone teams left in the tournament. Featuring star players like Russ Smith and Chane Behanan, the Cardinals are also deeper and more experienced in the spotlight.
In what should still turn out to be a competitive game between two very different squads, Oregon will need to have another very good team performance if they want to make Louisville the second No. 1 seed to fall in the NCAA tournament.
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