Bracketology 2012: The Long, Hard Fall of the Oregon Ducks

After their one point loss to the Colorado Buffaloes sealed their 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament fate, the Oregon Ducks became another victim of the fickle beast that is conference tournament week.

a 22-9 season including 13-5 in conference is good enough to make Oregon around the 10th team outside of the tournament in almost everyone's bracket. They have a RPI of 62 according to ESPN, more than half their wins coming on the road and all under the guidance of first year coach Dana Altman. An 11-5 record over their last 15 games, and a single point from Colorado will more than likely keep them from the dance. As is life.

Oregon's season will not be over though as they will be assuredly heading to the NIT this season, though I'm sure they'd like to be playing elsewhere. Their squad will return a number of players next season and have the experience of this season's success under their belt. Hopefully it can get them into the Dance next season.

For more on the Ducks, head over to Addicted to Quack to get in on the discussion and get your voice heard. For more on bracketology and the NCAA Tournament in general, please make sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated NCAA basketball hub.

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