Michigan Miracle, Wolverine freshman nails buzzer beater to end Houston's season

Michigan Miracle, Wolverine freshman nails buzzer beater to end Houston's season

A 64-63 win for MI basketball was the end result, thanks to a heroic 3-point shot from Poole, who made a deep three as the clock hit triple zero.

A positive for the Cougars: They fouled less than typical this season. The Wolverines hit a ridiculous buzzer-beating 3-pointer to reach the Sweet 16. The senior made his first eight free throws of the game, but missed three of his last four tries as MI earns a spot in next week's West Regional Semifinal against North Carolina or Texas A&M.

As Michigan celebrated, the referees went to the scorer's table to review the play and ensure that Poole had got it off in time.

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The game featured 17 lead changes and 12 ties, including 28-28 at halftime. Defensively, Michigan basketball yields 63.5 points against the opposing teams.

"Once I caught the ball and turned around, I saw three defenders on me, and I heard Jordan call out my nickname 'Hum, ' and I looked up", senior Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman said after the game.

MI air-balled three 3-pointers in four possessions spanning the break. That Sweet 16 match will be played Thursday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Considering that he was just a 68 percent free-throw shooter on the season, Houston's Devin Davis performed pretty well Saturday night.

Three-seeded MI trailed sixth-seeded Houston 63-61 with 3.6 seconds left in their West Region matchup Saturday night. Davis again pulled down a defensive rebound and was fouled, but he missed both of his free throws with 3.9 seconds to go. The Wolverines and Cougars played a tightly-contested affair for 40 minutes, which ultimately led to the team with the last possession earning a chance to win. Abdur-Rahkman finished 4 of 15 from the field and Matthews was 5 for 12.

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