It’s another day without March Madness, or any sports at all, but we are going to try and have some fun by taking a look back at, in my opinion, the greatest game in the history of the Michigan basketball program.
Allow me to set the scene. It was March 29, 2013. A freshman in college at CMU, my roommate and I were glued to the television to watch the No. 4 seed Michigan take on the No. 1 seed Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen in Arlington, Texas. It was a much simpler time, and a time where Steve Kerr was still doing color analysis, believe it or not.
With Michigan down by three points, my heart racing and my roommate and I standing on our feet, sophomore point guard Trey Burke dribbled down the court with 10 seconds left after a one-and-one free throw went missed on the other end of the floor. Burke went to the left side of the court, and somehow Mitch McGary got tied up with a Jayhawk, forcing both of them to the ground. Burke saw his opportunity to pull up.
Burke nailed a shot from way downtown with 4.2 seconds to go. My roommate and I jumping up and down, shouting in excitement, we couldn’t believe what just happened. Burke, the star of the team, who struggled for most of that night, came up clutch. And he continued his clutch shooting in overtime, sealing the deal for the Wolverines.
“On a night where his jump shot had been sporadic at best, he launches a 30-footer under pressure, knocks it down,” Kerr said on the broadcast.
All 23 of Burke’s points came in the second half and overtime. Unbelievable stuff.
So without further ado, here is the entire game in all its glory. Comment below your favorite memories from this game, or this season, and lets try and stay positive during this really strange and difficult time.