March Madness: No 16s over 1s this year after Oregon completes sweep

We’ll have to wait at least one more year for there to be a No. 16 over No. 1 upset.

Despite upsets on every other seed line, the No. 1s have officially avoided being upset in the first round for yet another season, as Oregon defeated Holy Cross 91-52 on Friday night.

This one was a dunk fest for the Ducks, led by Chris Boucher. The 6-foot-10 big man — who got good news on Wednesday when he was granted an extra year of eligibility — scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds while throwing down multiple vicious dunks against the Crusaders.

It was basically over from the opening tip, as the Ducks just swarmed the Crusaders. A good year for Holy Cross and Bill Carmody, who finally returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since his days at Princeton back in 1998. But they’ll go home, and the Ducks move on in what has been a wild first round.

Oregon will face the winner of St. Joseph’s and Cincinnati.

Chris Boucher led the way for Oregon. (USATSI)
Chris Boucher led the way for Oregon. (USATSI)

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