Michigan G Jordan Poole’s masterful shot is one to remember
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What was the most memorable moment for Michigan athletics in 2017-18?
Jordan Poole’s 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Wolverines to a 64-63 win against Houston in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in March. It’s easily the most memorable moment for Michigan athletics during the last school year.
Our readers and followers on Twitter agreed. Ninety-two percent of voters picked the freshman guard’s last-second shot as the best Michigan moment.
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“I knew what we were going to do, so it was kind of like second nature at that point,” Poole told reporters after the win against Houston. “But then I’m thinking, like, ‘Well, if I get the opportunity, I’ve got to knock the shot down.’
“People dream of stuff like this and … I made it.”
What made that shot so memorable? Several factors:
It propelled the Wolverines all the way to the National Championship Game in April. And it made the NCAA Tournament’s One Shining Moment montage. If it hadn’t, then that would be a discredit to Michigan, to Poole and to the magic of March Madness.
As an aside: Poole’s shot also ended a less-than-stellar shooting night for the Wolverines against Houston. The Wolverines were 7 of 29 on 3-pointers against the Cougars before Poole hit the highlight-reel-worthy shot.
Other candidates for the most memorable Michigan moment:
Chase Winovich’s ChadTough fundraising efforts
The colorful Michigan defensive end got even more colorful, and he did it for a good cause. Winovich spearheaded a campaign that raised more than $211,000 for the ChadTough Foundation in December. When the campaigned crossed a threshold of more than $15,000, Winovich and several of his teammates dyed their hair orange for the Outback Bowl in January.
Winovich also participated in Dancing With the Michigan Stars, which raised more than $143,000 for the foundation.
Hockey reaches the Frozen Four
Under first-year coach Mel Pearson, the Wolverines reached the Frozen Four for the first time since 2011. Michigan opened the season 8-10-2 but helped itself by winning 10 of its final 14 regular-season games to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Wolverines (22-15-3) lost to Notre Dame in a national semifinal game, as the Irish scored the game-winning goal with 6 seconds left in regulation.
Football opens the season with win against SEC opponent
Michigan football opened the season with a 33-17 win against Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Freshman wide receiver Tarik Black caught 2 passes for 83 yards and his first college touchdown. The win against a shorthanded Florida team gave the Wolverines faithful lots of optimism, but the Wolverines finished 8-5, with yet another loss to Ohio State and a loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.
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