Trey Burke is no stranger to hitting program-altering shots in the NCAA Tournament. Take the 2013 edition, when Michigan trailed top-seeded Kansas by 3 in the Sweet 16, the clock winding below 7 seconds. He launched a 30-foot heave, which rattled through the net to force overtime. The Wolverines won that game and the next two before falling in the National Championship Game, marking their deepest tournament run in 20 years.
Fast forward to Saturday night, with Burke out to dinner following his New York Knicks’ win over the Charlotte Hornets and his alma mater down to the wire against Houston in the Big Dance. Moments later, Jordon Poole became the most-recent Michigan tournament hero with his flailing, buzzer-beating, Sweet 16-clinching 3-point shot.
“It was a great shot,” Burke told the New York Post. ““One of those shots you got to be special for.”
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Long before Poole’s March Madness moment, though, he was watching when Burke hit his monumental shot. Poole did not know much about Michigan at the time, but the sequence has been etched in his memory ever since.
“That was a huge shot. That sent them eventually going to the national title [game],” Poole said after the Houston win. “Especially being in a uniform like this. And he was in the same one.”
So, whose shot was bigger? Poole’s was more contested and served as the game-winner, but Burke’s kept Michigan’s eventual National Championship Game run alive. It has yet to be seen how the Wolverines will respond to their most-recent second chance and NCAA Tournament glory.
Regardless, we asked fans for their opinions, and you can see the results, here.