Michigan’s Moe Wagner gets it. He knows he’s not the most liked player in college basketball. He sticks his tongue out, he points his fingers and he screams into the night. The junior forward plays with passion, and because of it he’s attracted his fair share of haters.
But in the midst of pandemonium Saturday night, after Michigan freshman Jordan Poole sank Houston with a miraculous buzzer-beater in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Wagner took some time to console heartbroken Cougars players after the Wolverines’ 64-63 win.
Corey Davis Jr. played 34 minutes on Saturday night. He didn’t stuff the stat sheet, finishing with 3 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal. He’ll be remembered most for being the defender who leaped in front of Poole and didn’t foul, raising his hands high and avoiding contact. Poole converted the shot anyway, and moments later Wagner was alone on the sideline, watching the final seconds of his season tick away.
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) March 18, 2018
That’s when Wagner approached the guard and offered a quick handshake and a quick hug.
RESPECT. Mo Wagner stops to console heartbroken Houston player, Corey Davis Jr., before celebrating Michigan’s miraculous buzzer beater three that sent them to the Sweet Sixteen last night. pic.twitter.com/N7a6sRUb5G
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Wagner was seen offering support for another Houston player.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2018
The thrill of a March buzzer-beater is likely unmatched, a feeling the winners won’t soon forget. It’s probably equally as memorable for the losers, yet tinged with feelings of regret. Wagner’s reputation as a fiery player might be appropriate, but in a heated moment Saturday night, the junior, who tallied 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block, took some time to look out for those on the other side.