In the lead-up to Saturday’s Final Four game against Loyola-Chicago, I’ll be running through what I believe are the five best moments from Michigan’s postseason run. This will include the B1G Tournament as well.
The list will contain a little bit of everything. We’ll have individual moments while others will be a small collection of plays, etc. Some will come from the bench, some off the court, some on, and you might see one or two from after the whistle. I want to keep it fresh. Without wasting any more time, let’s get to #5.
DANCE ON THEIR GRAVES
The Texas A&M Sweet Sixteen game was indubitably the most impressive victory of Michigan’s current 8-game, 8-win postseason run. The Wolverines set a tournament record for most individual players to hit a three in a game (8) and completely rocked the Aggies from start to finish.
While this game was a highlight factory in itself — MAAR and Matthews were fantastic — my favorite moments occurred near the end as the lesser-used subs came in and continued what the big guns started.
First, we start with Austin Davis, the sophomore forward/center. Davis is seldom-used but did give the Wolverines a couple, literally a couple, really tough, solid minutes against Purdue’s army of centers. Davis got out on the break and dropped this hammer.
CANCEL THE TOURNAMENT, AUSTIN DAVIS JUST GOT AN ALLEY-OOP pic.twitter.com/88K3tm4tP7— Steven Crompton 〽️ (@SCrompton37) March 23, 2018
If I’m being real, I shared Steven’s sentiment in that moment. I didn’t possibly think this detonation of Texas A&M’s soul could get any more disrespectful. How could this clowning get any worse?
How about an NBA caliber three-pointer from a former student manager right in one of the Aggie’s eyes?
What a moment for @baird_cj. Started as a student manager and turned into a walk-on as a freshman this season. Can now say that he made a three-pointer in the Sweet 16. The bench’s reaction makes it so much better, too. pic.twitter.com/YCOEmA1gUi— Josh Poloha (@JorshP) March 23, 2018
This game was oodles of fun and the bench reactions to these shots really capture how close and connected this team is. They’re truly a special bunch, and good for Austin and CJ to get their own shining moments.