The sequence will live forever in Michigan history: The inbounds pass. The clock ticking down. Jordan Poole‘s legs splaying out to each side, his last-ditch effort sailing through the air. The buzzer sounding. The ball crashing through the net. Bedlam.
Michigan is en route to the Final Four of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, but if not for Poole’s buzzer-beating heroics in the second round against Houston, the Wolverines would probably be watching this weekend’s games from home.
Michigan’s 64-63 win over Houston was one to remember, and according to CBS Sports, it’s the third-best game of this NCAA Tournament — so far.
To be sure, the two games ranked ahead of that contest– Kansas vs. Duke in the Elite and Eight, UMBC vs. Virginia in the first round — were fantastic in their own right. The Jayhawks’ 85-81 win over Duke was steeped in history and was the only regional final between the top two seeds. The Retrievers’ 74-54 win over the Cavaliers was historic in that it was the first time in men’s tournament history a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed (haven’t you heard?).
But Michigan’s win was magical. The Wolverines were done, trailing by 2 points with 3.8 seconds to go and Houston going to the free-throw line. Who could have guessed the Cougars would miss both free throws, that Michigan could somehow win it, if it could somehow get a shot off in time?
And then it all happened, giving Wolverines fans a moment they won’t soon forget.