OR ends Michigan's run, heads to Elite 8

After Purdue held a 33-25 lead with 6:50 to play in the first half, Kansas took off, went into the half up 47-40, and didn't look back on the way to a huge 98-66 victory.

Most of Oregon's damage will be done by forward Dillon Brooks and wing Tyler Dorsey.

But it bounced off, the game ended and Michigan's impressive NCAA postseason run was over, losing to No. 3 seed OR, 69-68 in the Midwest Regional at the Sprint Center on Thursday night.

Walton had done a fine job creating separation from Dylan Ennis, the man guarding him. That shot can come from the brilliant player most deserving of the chance, with a stat line already cemented as brilliant.

OR moves on to the Elite 8 to play the victor of the Kansas/Purdue game, while MI will fly back to Ann Arbor for the final time this season. OR has withstood the loss of big man Chris Boucher to a season-ending knee injury in the Pac-12 semifinals to make the Sweet 16 for a second year in a row.

"I watched their (75-72) win over Rhode Island (on Sunday)", Michigan coach John Beilein said on WTKA's "Michigan Insider" on Monday. It was a great team. "What (Beilein) does offensively is really unique and special and they're an outstanding offensive team. We weren't sharp as we would have liked to have been today, but you have to credit OR with that".

Jordan Bell had a double-double for the Ducks (32-5), with 16 points and 13 rebounds. They committed seven despite solid overall play from point guard Derrick Walton Jr., who has a team-high 11 points and seven assists. While he's been a double-figures machine all month, Irvin had his best game yet: 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, with some of his biggest points coming down the stretch.

Defensive rebounding was a favorite target of ours all season, and it's exactly what allowed OR to erase a late three-point deficit and ultimately advance to the Elite 8.

MI made only 11 three-pointers in the game. Ennis missed the front end of the one-and-one. He missed, and Bell swooped in for the offensive rebound and putback to make it a one-point game. "We executed it perfectly", Bell said. MI also won the Big Ten Championship Game, showing that the program is strong and not a fluke at all.

Ultimately, fatigue might have caught up to them.

Wilson then missed a lay-up from point blank rage at 8:15, and the Wolverines were in trouble.

Kansas used two big runs, including an 11-0 charge highlighted by Lagerald Vicks' 360-degree dunk, to take control. That gave him a team-leading 18 points. He registered 20 points, eight assists, and five rebounds, drilling three of five three-point shots. "I had a good look at the basket".

MI was 11 for 31 from 3-point range. The Wolverines just weren't comfortable finishing near the rim - OR outscored MI 34-16 in the paint - and although they made 52% of their twos, they left some easy ones on the board. But despite that and MI playing, at times, a sloppy game, the Wolverines hung around and started taking the lead back in the final minutes thanks to three pointers of their own.

OR earned the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, but MI will be the toughest opponent they'll have faced in the tournament so far.

  • Julie Sanders