March Madness Resumes With Oregon And Michigan Set For Sweet 16 Showdown

It's been a great run thus far for Oregon.

As one of the Top Ten teams throughout the NCAA Tournament, the Oregon Ducks are in the place where they are expected to be.

After back-and-forth play, OR led by just one point with around 10 seconds left. The outcome puts MI in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals in Kansas City against Oregon. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament, which guaranteed MI an NCAA Tournament berth.

Jordan Bell had a double-double for the Ducks (32-5), with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

MI is 4-0 all-time against OR on the hardwood, according to Brandon Quinn of MLive.

Dorsey scored 20 points and made the go-ahead layup with 1:08 left, and third-seeded OR held on to end No. 7 Michigan's dramatic postseason run with a 69-68 victory in a Midwest Regional semifinal on Thursday night. He averaged 20.5 points, 6.3 assist, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals, missing just one free throw during the tournament.

OR didn't have the win secured until Derrick Walton Jr., who had carried the Wolverines the past three weeks, was off with his long jumper just before the buzzer.

The biggest lead of the game was a six-point cushion by OR with 13:16 left. His three-pointer over OR guard Dylan Ennis was on-line - but missed.

The Ducks are going to the Elite Eight for the second year in a row, and they made it without big man Chris Boucher, who went out in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals with a season-ending knee injury. OR had plenty of inside game without Boucher, outscoring the Wolverines 34-16 in the paint and outrebounding them 36-31.

Walton led No. 7 seed MI (26-12) with 20 points. So we've got to be able to run them off the line and that is what changed our season. "No one else on this team that we wanted taking that shot". The Ducks' Tyler Dorsey scored on a scoop shot with 1:00 remaining to give his team the winning margin.

It was over when: OR looked like it may take control down the stretch, forging a 60-55 lead with 5:08 left on a Dylan Ennis hoop.

Walton's 3-point attempt failed to fall as time expired, sealing the win for Oregon.

MI is a well-balanced team, with four players (Derrick Walton Jr., Zak Irvin, Moritz Wagner and Wilson) averaging between 11.0 and 15.4 points, and those same four players average between 4.1 and 5.3 rebounds per game. The Wolverines, coming off four wins in the Big Ten tournament, made 16 3-pointers to eke out a 92-91 victory over Oklahoma State and then upset No. 3 seed Louisville 73-69 behind a career-high 26 points from Moe Wagner. The Wolverines won all eight of their neutral court games in 2016-17 and hope to continue their fairy tale run by improving to 5-0 against the Ducks.

Ultimately, fatigue might have caught up to them.

Next up: OR will play Kansas at 5:45 p.m. Saturday in the Elite Eight in Kansas City, Mo.

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  • Julie Sanders