Dejected Wilson on loss: 'I gave it away'

D.J. Wilson blames himself for Michigan's 69-68 loss to Oregon, "I gave it away."

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some plays get more scrutinized than others.

In the NCAA Tournament, it just happens that way. 

And for D.J. Wilson, he remembers two plays, in his opinion, that cost Michigan a victory in the Sweet 16, just moments after Oregon came back to defeat U-M, 69-68, Thursday evening. 

First, Wilson pointed his missed layup in the closing minutes of back and forth affair, two points that could of eased U-M’s to a possible victory, he says. 

However, with Michigan up, 68-65, with 1:47 remaining, Oregon’s Dylan Ennis missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw. The problem, though, Wilson didn’t box out Jordan Ball, who promptly got the rebound a cut U-M's lead to 68-67.

Of course, Tyler Dorsey would hit the eventual game winner, to put Oregon up ,69-68, with 1:09 to go. But nevertheless, Wilson took his brunt for the blame afterwards.

“Personally I think myself I gave it away,” Wilson said, clearly dejected afterwards.

“I missed a bunny. I missed a free throw block-out, it ended up being two points. Those are four points right there we should’ve had back.”

Wilson’s comments didn’t stop there, he made it clear that he wasn’t happy with his performance in the end.

“It’s not so much of a shock, I’m just disappointed,” Wilson said. “Especially on myself, the few plays, the miscues I had down the stretch that resulted in us taking this L.”

Though, senior Zak Irvin didn’t see it in Wilson’s perspective.

“There is so many plays in game like this where you go back and say ‘what if?’ where you feel like you let the team down” Irvin said of Wilson. “D.J. is one heck of a player, he’s had one heck of a season. We wouldn’t be in this position without him.”

Now, well, Michigan's season is over

“We was on a great run,” Wilson said. “We were playing basketball the way we knew we could play. Just to have it end like this -- it sucks.”


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