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NCAA TOURNAMENT: Oregon's late rally eliminates URI

21 March 2017

The Ducks beat Rhode Island, 75-72, and will move on to the Sweet 16, where they'll face MI, who upset No. 2 Louisville earlier Sunday. Coach John Beilein's team has beaten second, fourth, fifth, eighth and 10th seeds spanning the Big Ten Tournament and the first two NCAA Tournament outings. The No. 7-seeded Wolverines were first matched up with Oklahoma State and took down the Cowboys, 92-91. After that, MI eliminated No. 2 Louisville, 73-69.

Sure, Oregon (30-5) is seeded No. 3 in the Midwest Regional and URI No. 11. However, in the second round, they were put to the test.

As a result, the third-seeded Ducks advance to face surging MI in the Sweet 16 and the 11th-seeded Rams head home after losing a game they led for the first 16-plus minutes of the second half. He'll run into a couple of others, Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr. and Mo Wagner, when the teams meet next week in the Sweet 16 in Kansas City.

The shooters shoot. It's plain and simple. Dorsey scored 17 of his 27 points in the final 14 minutes of the game, including a three to tie the game with 1:47 left, and the game winning three with 38 seconds left. The officials called a media timeout but when play resumed, Brooks hit all three of his free throws and the Ducks trailed 66-63, setting up a Jordan Bell lay-in from an assist by Dorsey with 5:34 left in the contest and it was a one-point game at 66-65. If Brooks is more efficient and Dorsey keeps it up, OR will be in great shape.

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But Rhode Island missed a big stat line from star Hassan Martin, who had no points or rebounds playing just 14 minutes because of foul trouble. The Ducks won the battle on the glass (35-28), 15 coming on the offensive end.

We will remember the Rams as they were.

Meanwhile, Oregon will be going to their second straight Sweet 16 as they try to improve upon last season.

The Wolverines protect the basketball and lock down the perimeter.

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Against Louisville, Michigan was tenacious on the ball and forced 11 turnovers while surrendering only six of its own, often preventing the Cardinals from finding a rhythm in their half-court sets.

Brooks found his shooting stroke as he typically does and scored 19 points despite a 7-for-20 shooting day.

We're recapping the best, worst and weird moments of the NCAA Tournament, which tipped its round of 64 on Thursday. Dorsey will keep his hot hand, and Brooks will deliver some clutch threes.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT: Oregon's late rally eliminates URI