KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- While his senior season didn’t end as he hoped, Zak Irvin still has a lot to be proud of.
“Obviously we didn’t want the season to end this early,” Irvin said moments after Michigan lost to Oregon, 69-68, in the Sweet 16.
Though, no Final Four run was in the cards for Michigan, Irvin still leaves a strong legacy with the conclusion of his four-year career on Thursday.
“We won the Big Ten championship outright, go to the Elite Eight, a Big Ten tournament championship, going to the Sweet 16 our senior year, I think there is a lot of achievements these five seniors have had,” Irvin said. “And that’s something we should be proud of.”
And, of course, Irvin and fellow senior Derrick Walton Jr. lead U-M’s surge late against the Ducks, combining for 39 points in their final college game.
“I just think that’s just how our career has gone here,” Irvin said. “I think everyone saw two seniors that didn’t want their careers to end. And that would do anything necessary to be able to lead this team to the next round. I’m proud of Derrick for how hard he fought. I gave it my all tonight. Unfortunately it didn’t go our way.”
No it didn't, but there is a lot to be proud for Irvin – that’s for sure.