Firing on all cylinders, Oregon leaves Holy Cross in the dust

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Holy Cross coach Bill Carmody doesn't hide his emotions well on the sideline. He doesn't throw fits or start screaming matches, but it's not difficult to read his expressions.

And Friday night, in a 91-52 loss to top-seeded Oregon, there was a lot of shoulder-shrugging, a lot of, "Well, what are you going to do?" At one point, he leaned back in his chair, put his hands behind his back and just looked up to the ceiling.

And no, the answers to Oregon's offensive and defensive prowess weren't written up there. And yes, many other coaches probably will hope the same and find the same unsatisfying answer in this NCAA tournament.

But there really isn't an answer -- on the ceiling or anywhere -- for the Ducks. They dominated in every part of the game to the point it sounded like a Dr. Seuss book.

On offense and on defense, on the ground and in the air. All the hoops and alley-oops.

And for all of it, Carmody kind of shrugged, paced around a bit, sat down, stood up, took some water. When most of his starters finally came out, he gave his players a high five, a congratulatory pat on the back and then sat down. With the exception of a few moments here and there, he stayed seated the rest of the game, legs crossed.

It was the kind of game that could do that to a coach.

It was the exact same reaction Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak had last weekend when the Ducks handled his Utes in the Pac-12 tournament title game. Oregon won by 31, its biggest margin of victory this season (until it played Holy Cross). Krystkowiak was so lost for answers that the coach, usually very animated, didn't even manage to take his suit coat off during the game.

Both coaches saw how frustrating it can be to slow the Ducks, who look to be peaking at the perfect time. Slowing down Chris Boucher is nearly impossible. His skillset -- he specializes in blocking shots, alley-oops and 3-pointers -- makes him a threat everywhere. His 20 points and five rebounds against Holy Cross certainly opened some cracks for Elgin Cook, who recorded only his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Their productivity opened the door for stud freshman Tyler Dorsey and playmaker Dillon Brooks.

All of this left Carmody with no answers and a lot of shoulder shrugs.

But what else was he going to do?