Oregon’s Chris Boucher Tears ACL, Out For Season

    Oregon has lost Chris Boucher for the season. The senior big man tore his ACL in the Pac-12 Tournament.

    March 14, 2017

    Oregon has lost Chris Boucher for the season. The senior big man tore his ACL in the Pac-12 Tournament.


    Oregon will enter the NCAA Tournament without one of its best players, putting a major dent into the national championship hopes of the Ducks.

    Forward Chris Boucher will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ACL he suffered in Friday night’s win over Cal in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. On Saturday, the Ducks said an MRI confirmed the tear and that surgery will be scheduled for Boucher.

    The 6-foot-10 senior averaged 11.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and a Pac-12-best 2.5 blocks during the 2016-17 season.

    This is a brutal blow for the Ducks (29-5), who fell to Arizona, 83-80, in the conference tournament championship game on Saturday night. Boucher served as a motivator from the bench during the game, but there’s no question that his presence will be missed on the court moving forward.

    Without Oregon’s best interior player, head coach Dana Altman will have to lean more on junior forward Kavell Bigby-Williams for a presence down low. Bigby-Williams had a double-double earlier in the season, but he has seen inconsistent playing time for most of the ’16-17 campaign. He had three points in 14 minutes on Saturday night.

    It will be interesting to see how the NCAA Tournament selection committee, led by chairman Mark Hollis, treats Boucher’s injury in terms of Oregon’s seeding. The selection committee does account for injuries and can adjust teams’ seeds based on who is and is not available for the Big Dance.

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