Mostly because of its no-play-on-Sunday policy, BYU always seems to create bracketing headaches for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament selection committee.

Matters were complicated even more this year when the Cougars’ second-leading scorer, point guard Kyle Collinsworth, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the West Coast Conference championship game, although that didn’t prevent the committee from giving BYU a surprisingly high seed.

Perhaps the favorable seed and their knowledge that the committee has to make special accommodations for them is what kept the No. 10 Cougars from complaining Sunday about their draw, and the fact that the committee violated its no-rematch policy. According to NCAA bracket principles, "If possible, rematches of nonconference regular-season games should be avoided in First Four and second-round games."

But the WCC’s Cougars (23-11) are playing the Pac-12’s Ducks (23-9) on Thursday at Milwaukee, despite having lost to the No. 10 Ducks 100-96 in overtime back on Dec. 21 in Eugene.

Besides, Oregon probably has a bigger beef with the committee, seeing as the Ducks are being asked to beat a team they already defeated, then play Wisconsin (if it beats American) some 80 miles away from its Madison campus. On Monday, coach Dave Rose told BYU Radio that he was more surprised by the committee’s choice of BYU’s opponent than by the seed his team received.

"I can remember the locker room in Eugene right before Christmas, the disappointment in our guys," Rose said Sunday. "We had a lead late, and kinda let it get away, and lost in overtime. So, for a lot of reasons, I think our guys will be really excited to play in this tournament against Oregon."

What the matchup lacks in intrigue and mystery should be offset by its potential entertainment value. Both teams love to run, as evidenced by that high-scoring contest three months ago. BYU is the third-highest scoring team in the country at 84.2, while Oregon ranks 11th at 81.8.

"They are a very good offensive team," Oregon coach Dana Altman told the Eugene Register-Guard. "It was a long time ago when we played them. We are different, they are different. I don’t think you draw too much from that first game. It was here, which was a big advantage for us. We made a big rally to catch them. We will have our hands full. They are a good team, well-coached, and we have to bring our ‘A’ game."