Oregon's loss of big man Chris Boucher to a season-ending knee injury cost the Ducks a second consecutive PAC Tournament championship Saturday night in Las Vegas where they lost the title to Arizona.
The Ducks fell to a no. 3 seed and were moved into the Midwest Region for the NCAA Tournament.
The Ducks may win a couple in the Big Dance, but Boucher was such a force as a shot blocker and occasional long-range shooter that his loss likely dooms Oregon this season. The loss of his 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game creates a vacuum-like sucking sound around the team.
Oregon's players are saying all the right things going into the tourney, but Boucher's absence is a very real threat to this team's great dream.
Awaiting them, if the Ducks get as far as the Sweet 16, will likely be Louisville.