A Quick Look at Iona-Oregon in the NCAA Tournament
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —The Ducks are counting on senior forward Chris Boucher's contributions from the sidelines against Iona.
Boucher tore his ACL in a victory against California in the semifinals of last weekend's Pac-12 Tournament, quite a blow for the team's leading shot blocker and dangerous 3-point threat. Boucher was Oregon's third-leading scorer at 11.8 points, also averaging 6.1 rebounds and 2.55 blocks before getting hurt. The Ducks lost by three points to Arizona in the Pac-12 Tournament final without him.
Oregon coach Dana Altman is now counting on more from juniors Kavell Bigby-Williams and Roman Sorkin and freshman Keith Smith to fill a void on the big stage with Boucher out. If Oregon avoids the upset, the Ducks could face Altman's former Creighton program in a second-round game Sunday. The Bluejays are the Number 6 seed in the Midwest, and play 11th-seeded Rhode Island in the opener.