With nine seconds left in the game and the Michigan men’s basketball team down by one, Derrick Walton Jr. received the inbounds pass looking for a shot that would lead the Wolverines to the Elite Eight.
And with two seconds left, the senior guard got his chance, jab-stepping his defender and stepping back for a 3-point attempt.
But unlike so many of Walton’s shots in Michigan’s seven-game undefeated run, the ball fell just short, clanking off the front iron as the buzzer sounded.
Last weekend in the Big Ten Tournament, it was Michigan’s defense and guard play that led them to victory. Friday, it was the Wolverines’ 3-point shooting that led them to victory. Against Louisville, it was all big men.
In a game pundits called a matchup between the two hottest teams currently in the Big Ten, it certainly lived up to its billing as Michigan prevailed, 74-70, in an overtime thriller at the Verizon Center on Friday afternoon.
WASHINGTON — Wednesday afternoon, the Michigan men’s basketball team was set to fly to Washington D.C. for the Big Ten Tournament.
But a plane accident derailed the Wolverines’ plans, and they were forced to fly out Thursday morning, landing just three hours before the noon tip-off and not arriving at the Verizon Center until about 10:40.
That didn’t stop Michigan, though, as it came out on fire, jumping out to a 20-point lead and ultimately won, 75-55.
Now, less than 24 hours after that victory, Michigan will have an even tougher test in No. 13 Purdue.