The Michigan Wolverines were the dark horses headed into not only their matchup against the Oregon Ducks, but all of March Madness itself. Many people didn’t see the 27 win team as even a match to Oklahoma State in the Round of 64.
However, the Wolverines fought through all the adversity and doubt that accompanied them through the first and second round. Nonetheless, the Ducks played to every little mistake that the Wolverines’ made.
Starting with the turnovers, the Wolverines couldn’t help but have the ball either on the ground or in Oregon’s hands all the time. Michigan committed 8 turnovers to Oregon’s 5 and it cost them in the late stretch of the game when even a single possession could’ve changed the course of the game.
Michigan found themselves fighting from behind in the second half where they only held a lead for approximately 3 minutes. Oregon played to their weaknesses like nothing else in the second half and Tyler Dorsey, above anybody else, exposed Michigan’s weak perimeter defense. He finished the night with a total of 20 points and with an astonishing 15 of them coming from behind the arc.
Sticking with Oregon, Jordan Bell contributed astonishingly well by grabbing 13 rebounds and scoring 16 points. On a night where he shot 7-10, it almost appeared as if the Wolverines had no answer for him.
However, Michigan still had a chance to win the game late following a missed free throw from Dylan Ennis but alas, Derrick Walton came up short on the final shot of the game. But it is worth noting that Walton played out of his mind, carrying Michigan once again by scoring 20 points and getting 8 assists including this absolute beauty.
This pass from Derrick Walton Jr. though… 👀🔥https://t.co/dv5LW1nv6v
— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) March 23, 2017
Tonight, Michigan’s cinderella story ended as Oregon advances to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive year where they will play either Kansas or Purdue.