ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- The final shot of Michigan's season went to the team's top player. Derrick Walton missed, but it was an ending the Wolverines could accept. "It looked good from my angle," teammate Zak Irvin said. "No one else on this team that we wanted taking that shot." Michigan lost its regional semifinal to Oregon 69-68 on Thursday night in a game that slipped away in the last few possessions.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Thanks, Michigan. It was fun while it lasted. So who's going to be the lovable underdog in the NCAA Tournament now? Take your pick: Xavier or South Carolina. The Musketeers are a No. 11 seed after losing their starting point guard to a knee injury in late January and finishing seventh in the Big East. They stomped No.
Results from the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday: ___ WEST REGION XAVIER 73, ARIZONA 71 SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, Sean O'Mara scored inside with 40 seconds left and No. 11 seed Xavier upset No. 2 Arizona 73-71 in the West Region on Thursday night.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Michigan's loss to Oregon has saved a Las Vegas casino owner $1 million. Golden Nugget owner Tilman Fertitta personally approved a $12,500 bet on Michigan at 80-to-1 odds from Derek Stevens, who owns The D casino. Oregon beat Michigan 69-68 to move on to the Elite Eight.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Tyler Dorsey's teammates call him "Mr. March." Yeah, that fits. Dorsey scored 20 points and made the go-ahead layup with 1:08 left, and third-seeded Oregon held on to end No. 7 Michigan's dramatic postseason run with a 69-68 victory in a Midwest Regional semifinal on Thursday night. "We lean on him right now," the Ducks' Dylan Ennis said. "He's playing his best basketball, and it's coming at the right time.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 1:05 a.m. Xavier's upset of Arizona wrapped up Thursday's four-game slate, sending the Musketeers into the Elite Eight as a surprise team alongside high seeds Gonzaga, Kansas and Oregon. That made Arizona the third No. 2 seed to lose after Duke and Louisville the first weekend.
When Michigan was slumping earlier in the season, the coach started thinking Super Bowl, not Final Four. John Beilein conjured up the highlight-reel catch that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman made during New England's game-tying drive in the Super Bowl, and said the Wolverines should keep that sort of play -- an outlier, as he called it -- in mind.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Two national player of the year front-runners, Frank Mason III of Kansas and Caleb Swanigan of Purdue, will lead their teams against each other in the Midwest Regional semifinals on Thursday night. In many ways, they're a microcosm of their teams.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- No. 7 seed Michigan (26-11) vs. No. 3 seed Oregon (31-5) Third round, Midwest region; Kansas City, Missouri; 7:09 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Michigan has won seven in a row and 12 of its last 14 after knocking out second-seeded Louisville in the second round. The Wolverines have been a tournament darling since they escaped tragedy during an aborted takeoff on their way to the Big Ten Tournament.
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A preliminary investigation into the runway accident involving a plane carrying the Michigan men's basketball team cites a mechanical problem. The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday issued an update about the March 8 crash at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti Township, near the Ann Arbor school. The aborted takeoff caused extensive damage to the aircraft but only one minor injury during evacuation.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Ask Moe Wagner who he looked up to when he was younger, and suddenly the Michigan big man's fiery demeanor makes a little more sense. "Kevin Garnett was always my biggest idol, even though our play isn't really similar. Just the way he brings intensity and energy to his team," Wagner said. "That always was something that really impressed me.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- This is March Madness on a whole different level. A bet between two Las Vegas casino owners will cost one of them $1 million if Michigan wins the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Derek Stevens, who owns The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate casinos, plunked down $12,500 on the Wolverines at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, which was offering 80-to-1 odds before the tournament started.
Everything's magnified in March. A player who has been slumping all season can quickly put that behind him with a couple of big performances in the NCAA Tournament. A team that has struggled can suddenly change its reputation by heating up in the postseason. North Carolina's Joel Berry II, Florida's Devin Robinson and South Carolina's entire team are some of those on the annual tournament roller coaster heading into the Sweet 16.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- The Atlantic Coast Conference's strong regular season only stood to set up a first-weekend flameout in the NCAA Tournament. The league had a record nine bids, but North Carolina is the only one alive in the Sweet 16. And the South Region's No. 1 seed was fortunate to survive a second-round game against Arkansas to get there.
Results from the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday: ___ EAST REGION SOUTH CAROLINA 88, DUKE 81 GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Sindarius Thornwell had 24 points, Chris Silva scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half and seventh-seeded South Carolina stunned No. 2 seed Duke 88-81 on Sunday night to advance to its first Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament's expanded bracket.
Michigan ousts Louisville...Georgia Tech advances to NIT quarterfinals...Blue Jackets clinch playoff spot
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Michigan's amazing March tournament run is headed to the Sweet 16. The seventh-seeded Wolverines trailed most of the game before pulling out a 73-69 victory over second-seeded Louisville. Moe Wagner had a career-high 26 points, and D.J. Wilson made four free throws in the final 17 seconds to clinch it.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Moe Wagner gritted his teeth, pumped his fist and stuck out his mouthpiece to the crowd's delight Sunday. A few minutes later, the tough German took a couple more bows -- first on the baseline in front of Michigan's bench, then with the rest of his teammates near midcourt. Suddenly, the often overlooked 6-foot-11 forward was the well-deserved center of attention.
The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 12 a.m. The Sweet 16 is set after a Sunday filled with close games and two huge upsets. No. 7 seed South Carolina bounced No. 2 seed Duke, a team that opened as the betting favorite in some Las Vegas casinos. Another 2, Louisville, was taken down by Michigan to leave the ACC with only one team in the field.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- No. 2 seed Louisville (25-8) vs. No. 7 Michigan (25-11) Second round, Midwest region; Indianapolis; 12:10 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Michigan has used poise, emotion and experience to reel off six straight wins. The Big Ten Tournament champs don't foul much and take care of the ball, too, as evidenced by the four turnovers they had in a first-round win over Oklahoma State.
NCAA TOURNAMENT-SCHEDULE Trojans, Rams deliver big stunners UNDATED (AP) -- Southern California and Rhode Island have become the second and third No. 11 seeds to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. And tenth-seeded Wichita State made it five double-digit seeds reaching Round 2. Sixth seed SMU had won 16 in a row until Elijah Stewart led the 11th-seeded Trojans to a 66-65 triumph over the Mustangs in Tulsa.