2014 NCAA Tournament: Wisconsin vs. Oregon preview

The Badgers and Ducks impressed in their first round games.

Who: 2 Wisconsin (27-7) vs. 7 Oregon (24-9)

When: Saturday 4:45 PM PT

Channel: CBS

Where: West Region, Milwaukee

Why watch?

One of the nation's best and fastest offense takes one of the nation's best defenses that prefers to slow the pace down more than just about anyone in the country hear. Need I say more?

Who are the stars?

F Frank Kaminsky 7‘0 235 Jr. Wisconsin

One of the best seven footers in the tournament this year, Kaminsky makes an impact on both ends of the court and is surprisingly deadly three-point shooter. He is one of the best players in the nation at protecting the rim while also not committing fouls.

G Joseph Young 6‘3 185 Jr. Oregon

Young showed just how explosive he is in the first round against BYU and proved once again that he is one of the top pure scorers in the tournament, dropping 19 on 7-12 shooting. Young has the speed to test Wisconsin's defense and is the kind of streak shooter that could take over the game.

F Sam Dekkar 6'8 220 So. Wisconsin

The Badgers‘ other great big man is a little bit smaller, but a similar player that can score, rebound, defend and is exceptionally efficient on the court. Also like Kaminsky, he can step out and knock down the three.

Key matchups

Who will dictate their style?

The Ducks want to run and fill up the stat sheet, the Badgers want to slow it down, limit shots and keep it a low-scoring affair. Whoever can make the other team play their style will likely walk away with the win in this one.

Can the Ducks handle Wisconsin's size?

The Ducks are one of the fastest, but also smallest teams in the country and they face off with a big and strong opponent in the Badgers. It will be tough for the Ducks to win if they can't score at the rim or keep the Badgers from getting easy shots with their size inside.

You're a Pac-12 fan, why do you want Oregon to win?

The Pac-12 desperately needs a third elite program after Arizona and UCLA to emerge for the conference's image and if the Ducks can get to back-to-back Sweet 16s, they could become that needed third team.

Prediction

The Ducks are going to test Wisconsin's vaunted defense in a big way, forcing them to run, but I think the Badgers will be able to keep pace with the Ducks in the scoring department, even if they have to change-up their style a little bit. The Ducks will keep it close to the end, but won't be able to get over the edge and will lose a close one to the Badgers.

Wisconsin 72 Oregon 70

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