Michigan's magical March ended Thursday.
Tyler Dorsey and Jordan Bell took over late to lead third-seeded Oregon to a 69-68victory over No. 7 Michigan in Kansas City.
Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin rallied the Wolverines with six straight points to take a 68-65 lead with 2:04 remaining. But Dorsey's layup with 1:09 on the clock gave the Ducks a 69-68 lead that proved to be the difference. Walton finished 20 points while Irvin added 19.
Bell then had a pair of rebounds, one at each end in the final minute to help the Ducks (32-5) move onto the Elite Eight.
Here are three reasons why Oregon was able to knock off Michigan:
1. Rebounding —Bell pulled down 13 rebounds to go with 16 points. The 6-9 junior forward helped Oregon hold a 36-31 advantage on the glass and held Michigan to just two offensive boards. Bell had four offensive rebounds himself, none more important than when he grabbed the ball off a missed layup byDillon Brooks with 21 seconds remaining. Bell also grabbed an offensive board off a missed free throw byDylan Ennis and put it back to make it a one-point game with 1:48 remaining.
2. Dorsey coming through in the clutch — Oregon's All-American guard scored 51 points through Oregon's first two NCAA Tournament games and added 20 on Thursday to lead the way. If the Ducks are going to reach their first Final Four since 1939, they'll need to Dorsey to continue to come up big. Oregon has balanced scoring and had four players in double digits on Thursday, but the offense runs through Dorsey.
3. Michigan's reliance on perimeter shooting— Michigan failed to push the ball inside the paint and attempted 31 3-pointers. The Wolverines went just 11 of 31 from behind the arc, dooming them to defeat. The Ducks were there for the taking, but the Wolverines were unable to capitalize. The long shots that were missed resulted in long rebounds that were largely grabbed by the Ducks, who turned the ball over just five times to go with 15 assists.