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Bell blames himself for the loss

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Oregon Ducks season came to an end with a narrow one-point loss, 77-76, to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Final Four. It was key offensive rebounds late by Kennedy Meeks that allowed UNC to advance.

Jordan Bell, who was by Meeks for the final rebound, is blaming himself for the loss.

Jordan Bell (Getty Images)

Jordan Bell (Getty Images)

“If I would’ve just boxed out,” he said. “I had two opportunities to do it; I missed both of them. We lost the game because of it.”

Bell had 16 rebounds in the game. However, within the final 6.4 seconds, after the Ducks cut the lead to one – and following several missed free throws by the Tar Heels – Oregon could not get a rebound. On the first rebound, he got beat by Theo Pinson, then by Meeks on the second rebound.

“There was a scrum there and we didn’t come up with either one,” Ducks head coach Dana Altman said. “Jordan felt terrible.”

While many of the players left the court after the game, Bell stayed – and was one of the last to leave.

“This is going to hurt forever,” he said.

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