The Oregon Ducks hope recent experience in the NCAA Tournament will give them an edge.
Ninth-seeded Oregon faces No. 8 seed Mississippi State tomorrow in the South Regional in North Little Rock, Ark.
Last season, Oregon made it to the round of eight, falling to eventual national champion Florida. Four starters return from that team. The fifth was Aaron Brooks, a first-round pick of the Houston Rockets.
The Ducks took a collective sigh of relief when they made the tournament. Their inclusion was thrown into question when Washington State beat them in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament.