Chartreuse vs. purple: one of the better color match-ups of the tournament. That's about all this game had going for it if you are a fan of the underdog.
No. 1 Oregon did exactly what you would expect a top seed to do in a game against a team with a losing record. The Ducks ran the Crusaders out of the gym and had a whole lot of fun doing it. The Ducks dunked, and dunked, and dunked all over Holy Cross. Five times in the first half, of the high flying variety, and __ in the game.
The Ducks scored an efficient 1.38 points per possession and frustrated the Crusaders to a measly 0.78.
Robert Champion was the lone Crusader who had a stand out game against the Ducks. He scored 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting. Malachi Alexander (10 points) held his own as well, but those two were far from enough against a loaded, potent Oregon team.
Chris Boucher, who was responsible for most of the high flying entertainment, led the Ducks with 18 points. Dwayne Benjamin added 12 while Dillon Brooks and Elgin Cook (13 rebounds) had 11 a piece.
Holy Cross, which stormed its way through the Patriot League tournament before defeating Southern in the First Four, had no chance. The fact that they trailed by just 18 points at the break is a testament to the will this team, with just ten wins entering their league tournament, had built over the past few weeks.
Oregon avoided becoming the first No. 1 to fall to a No. 16. Their reward is a date with the winner of the No. 8 Saint Joseph's vs. No. 9 Cincinnati game.