Most NCAA Men's Basketball teams are done for the season, and enjoying the end of spring break, but most would rather not be, because those few left are still playing for tournament titles, with the NCAA Men's Basketball Regional Finals, known as the "Elite 8" at the pinnacle of it all.
For most Pac-12 fans, it means a tough decision, as rooting for Oregon is difficult, if not impossible. Then there are those that do support the conference, whether it be because they know the business end of shared NCAA revenue and tv contracts mean at this point the further the Ducks fly, the larger check their program is going to get, or just because of regional enthusiasm.
Oregon kicks off today's double header, taking on Oklahoma in Anaheim in the West Regional, with a trip to Houston, TX, next week for the Final 4 at stake. Tip time is 3:09 PM PDT, and CBS has the coverage.
It's even more unlikely than ever many Oregon State fans will watch though, as the Beaver women's team will be playing their "Sweet 16" game in the Women's tournament in the Dallas Regional against DePaul at exactly the same time. Amazing how frequently the Oregon and Pac-12 audiences get split up over collision scheduling.
Oregon is the only team from the west left though, as Syracuse found a way to get past Gonzaga 63-60 last night.
The Ducks reached today's regional final, their first trip so far since 2003, by beating defending National Champion Duke 82-68, led by Dillon Brooks and his 22 point effort. This after the Sooners had shot down Texas A&M 77-63, as Oklahoma, normally led by Buddy Hield, had 5 players in double figures.
With similar athletic styles, it should actually be a great game to watch.
The day's second game in the NCAA Men's tournament will follow at about 10 minutes to 6 PM PDT, also on CBS. It's the South Region final from Louisville, KY, between Villanova & Kansas.
Tomorrow, the East & Midwest Finals will follow, and it will be an all-ACC Easter (which means half the Final 4 will be from the ACC as well). Virginia will square off with Syracuse, after the Cavaliers dominated Iowa St. in the MIdwest in the first game, and Notre Dame, recipients of a gift themselves against Wisconsin, will meet North Carolina in the East in the nightcap. It's the 25th time the Tar Heels have made it to the Elite 8.
TBS has both games starting just after 3 PM PDT.
You can also watch the games on-line at March Madness Live.