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In their first Final Four appearance since 1939, when they won the very first NCAA Tournament, the Oregon Ducks met No. 1 seed North Carolina Tar Heels feeling confident following victories over Iona, Rhode Island, Michigan and Kansas in previous tournament rounds. The Ducks seemed to have overcome the loss of senior forward Chris Boucher, but his absence was certainly felt in the national semifinal game, against two of college basketball's most prolific big men in North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks (3) and Isaiah Hicks (4). Oregon's offense struggled throughout the game, as Mr. March, Tyler Dorsey (5) and Mr. Big-Moment Dillon Brooks (24) failed to get into the type of scoring rhythms the team had relied upon throughout the tournament and the season. One of Oregon's strongest vocal leaders, sixth-year senior guard Dylan Ennis (31), delivered one of the best performances of his career, scoring 18 points on multiple aggressive drives to the basket, readily attacking the Tar Heels formidable post presence. Ennis also delivered a massive block to Tar Heels star Justin Jackson (44), though he was called for a foul on the play (look up the video, the only foul committed was on Jackson's pride.) Despite a lackluster performance, the Ducks remained in the game as Meeks took the free throw line up just a single point with less than ten seconds remaining in the game. After Meeks' four consecutive misses at the line, the Tar Heels took advantage of Oregon forward Jordan Bell (1) and his exhaustion caused by his having to battle against the two Tar Heels posts throughout the game, grabbing a second offensive rebound in the final moments, cementing their victory. In a season that will be remembered for its game-winning buzzer beaters and miraculous last-second rebounds for Ducks fans, the Oregon team was simply one big moment too short. Their historic season will last in the minds of fans for years to come. The thought of what could have been had Boucher been able to play throughout the tournament will also linger. But this team was special, and their competitive spirit and clear comradery far outweighs the heartbreaking end to their magical run.