Three freshman starters help OR women's basketball team to Sweet 16

Three freshman starters help OR women's basketball team to Sweet 16

OR guard Tyler Dorsey comes up with a steal against Michigan's Zak Irvin (21) and Derrick Walton Jr. There they will play top-seeded Kansas, which dismantled Purdue 98-66 Thursday night.

The Oregon Ducks officially put an end to one of the biggest storylines this March, halting the Michigan Wolverines' tournament run Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri, with a 69-68 win that punched their ticket to the Elite Eight. Ennis missed yet another free throw, setting up Michigan's last chance.

Dorsey scored 20 points and Bell had 16 points and 13 rebounds.

The Wolverines have faced a national player of the year candidate, Purdue's Caleb Swanigan, but they haven't faced the likes of Frank Mason III, a senior point-man who has averaged 24.2 points, 6.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds over the past five games. Particularly impressive was the Wolverines' conquering of Louisville, after giving up a seemingly backbreaking eight straight points to close out the first half, to trail by that margin. Moe Wagner and D.J. Wilson clicked at the same time in the last game, and Zak Irvin is always lethal shooting the ball.

"We always believed in ourselves", Wagner said after his team advanced to the Midwest Regional semifinals - next up is third-seeded OR on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.

OR out-rebounded MI, 36-31, and held the Wolverines to only two offensive rebounds.

Walton made a three to put the Wolverines ahead 68-65 with 2:02 left.

Foul trouble: Both of these teams do a great of not fouling and aren't great at getting to the free throw line.

OR is without one of the most impactful players in the game, Chris Boucher, but is determined to make a second consecutive regional final by proving doubters wrong where success is still achievable in what ultimately defines the word 'team.' Here is what to keep in mind when breaking down what should be the most physical game of regional play. OR has five players averaging double figures led by Dillon Brooks at 16.4 ppg and Tyler Dorsey at 14 ppg.

OR made it 68-67 when Jordan Bell grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw by Dillon Brooks and put it back.

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Walton's shot concluded what was one of the most frenzied finishes we've seen so far in the Big Dance. They struggled to get good looks or to move the ball on offense, and the lead was 50-46 Ducks at 12: 48 on a Brooks triple.

After a sloppy first half on the offensive end, OR leads MI 35-33.

It's a credit to Wolverines' coach John Beilein.

Dylan Ennis and Jordan Bell had themselves a showtime moment in transition when Ennis hit Bell for a one-handed ally-oop to give the Ducks a 22-21 lead.

It will be hard to find anyone picking OR to upset Kansas, which is why I give it at least an outside chance of happening.

Few teams live and die with 3-pointers quite like MI, which made 16 of 29 in the first round against Oklahoma State.

Walton finished with 20, Irvin 19 and Wilson 12 for MI.

Statistically speaking, MI basketball's 69-68 loss to OR in the Sweet 16 didn't look that bad. West Virginia missed two 3-point field-goal attempts in the final 20 seconds and could not get off another as the buzzer sounded. It made two quick 3-pointers before the first media timeout and tried to runaway with the game early in the half. The Ducks reached the Sweet 16 six times, including three in the last five years. The Wolverines won a game the next day in their practice jerseys, then followed with three more in three days to claim the tournament title.

Gonzaga will play either Arizona or Xavier in the Elite Eight Saturday. They survived a plane accident, won the Big 10 Tournament for the first time in a long time and made it to the Sweet 16 as a seven seed in the NCAA Tournament.