Travis Ford's team has been impressive this season after going 15-18 a year ago when OSU missed out on postseason play for the first time since 1996.
The Cowboys are led by National Freshman of the Year and Big 12 Player of the Year Marcus Smart, who averaged 15.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.9 steals as a freshman. Three of his teammates – Markel Brown (15.3 points), Le'Bryan Nash (14.1) and Phil Forte (10.4) – also average double figures for a team that finished third in the Big 12 during the regular season.
Oregon won the Pac-12 Tournament championship with a 78-69 victory over UCLA on Saturday night. The Ducks had a chance to win the Pac-12 regular season title but suffered losses to Colorado and Utah in the final week of the season. Coach Dana Altman's squad bounced back to win three consecutive games over Washington, Utah and UCLA in the Pac-12 tourney.
The Ducks also have four players averaging double figures, led by 6-6 senior E.J. Singler, who leads the team in scoring with 11.5 points per game. Others scoring in double figures are 6-5 senior Carlos Emory (11.2), 6-5 freshman Damyean Dotson (11.0), and 6-1 freshman Dominic Artis (10.0).
If the Cowboys win Thursday's game, they will advance to play either No. 4 seed Saint Louis or No. 13 seed New Mexico State on Sunday.