NCAA Tournament: Tyler Dorsey Leads Oregon Ducks To Elite Eight

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. reacts after making a basket during the second half of a regional semifinal against OR in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo.

One shot was the difference Thursday night (March 23) as third-seeded OR outlasted the seventh-seeded University of MI men's basketball by a score of 69-68 in an NCAA Tournament round of 16 game at the Sprint Center.

"We lean on him right now", the Ducks' Dylan Ennis said.

But he missed a double-pump shot just before Dorsey hit the go-ahead bucket, and his step-back jumper caught the front of the rim and bounced away as time expired. Walton finished as the leading scorer for MI with 20 points.

The victor of tonight's Michigan-Oregon game will play the victor of the Kansas-Purdue game on Saturday with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

The Oregon men's basketball team will face MI at 4 p.m. today in the Sweet 16.

"The kids fought their hearts out this whole season but particularly this last six weeks to be more than a story", MI coach John Beilein said. The game really did not begin in earnest until both teams settled down after the intermission.

"Tyler got us going in the first half and kept us going", OR coach Dana Altman said. He has scored at least 21 points in five straight and is averaging 25.5 points and 5 rebounds per game in the NCAA Tournament.

After back-and-forth play, OR led by just one point with around 10 seconds left. OR was led by Tyler Dorsey's 20 points. Chris Boucher, the Ducks' top big man, was out with a season-ending injury.

Yet, it would be unfair to remember this version of the Wolverines as much for this loss as the journey propelling them so far.

Michigan's remarkable run continues as they followed up an unlikely Big 10 conference tourney title with a pair of wins over Oklahoma State and Louisville to move on to the round of 16. So with Ennis defending him, he tried one more time. "I wish we could have more games to play together because I think a couple minutes throughout the game we didn't show the type of team we were becoming". "No one else on this team that we wanted taking that shot".

"We felt very confident having the ball in his hands", senior wing Duncan Robinson said.

The Zak Irvin-Derrick Walton Jr. matchup against Dillon Brooks-Tyler Dorsey are going to be special.

Michigan: The Wolverines got on a roll late in the season, and they became a tournament favorite after their plane skidded off the run way as they attempted to take off for the Big Ten Tournament.

Ultimately, fatigue might have caught up to them.

Kansas 98, Purdue 66 - Frank Mason III and Devonte' Graham each had 26 points, and the top-seeded Jayhawks turned on the jets in the second half to blow out the fourth-seeded Boilermakers in Kansas City.

On the season, MI basketball is averaging 75.3 points, 29.3 rebounds and 13.8 assists per game. In the first half alone Thursday against No. 3 seed OR, he scored 11, and his seven assists made for 18 more.

Mathews, Przemek Karnowski and Johnathan Williams all had 13 points to lead the Bulldogs. Yes, the senior came up short on his last shot to win the game, but he chimed in with another big effort in scoring a game-high 20 points. The rebound forced MI to foul. He ended up with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting and also added eight rebounds. The Ducks came in shooting 71 percent from the line.

OR and MI both had their doubters this season, and with good reason.

OR held MI scoreless in the final 2:02.

  • Julie Sanders