Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
When a guy named Johnson punches our guy in the johnson, and virtually gets away with it, it becomes the Karma that Killed Kansas.
In the last 2:22 of regulation, Johnson committed 2 turnovers which led to 4 Michigan points, plus missed the front end of a 1 and 1 which led to Burke's tying 3-pointer.
In the OT, Johnson was 1 of 3 with an additional turnover. At the end he drives for the tying basket, then (probably thinking about his missed free throw) passes up a sure chance at a lay-up or a two shot foul.
Its Karma baby, Karma! Think not? Just check out this Kansas Sports piece: http://www2.kusports.com/news/2013/mar/30/opinion-kus-stunning-loss-comes-down-karma/
The contrast could not be more startling.
Last night, Indiana looked like it had never even heard of a 2-3 zone before, and Syracuse simply demolished them. Just like that, the B1G's best team was gone.
Tonight, a team that was capable of abusing all of Michigan's weaknesses played solid basketball and got production from all of its key players. Withey was a force underneath the basket, and every time McGary was matched up against him one-on-one Withey got the better of him.
Yet somehow McGary produced 25 points, Burke had 10 assists, and Michigan won a basketball game they had no business even keeping close, against a team that was as bad of a matchup as Michigan could imagine.
And Beilein must receive the credit. Unlike Tom Crean, he did not shrink from the moment; he put Michigan in a position to succeed. In a game where Michigan had to score effectively and efficiently against a strong defense, Beilein devised a strategy that put them in the right place. McGary scored 25 points--but never when he was posting up Withey. Beilein moved Withey all over the court on screens and switches, and used movement to get McGary in position to score.
Somehow, Michigan's offense found all the right spots to keep scoring, even when Burke started cold. Somehow, Michigan was in all the right places to score. Somehow, Beilein was able to keep Michigan humming.
Beilein was masterful.
Now that Florida has ended FGCU's Cinderella story, it's time to beat the Gators!
Edit: The game is on Sunday at 2:20 eastern time on CBS. Thanks to ixcuincle for that.
We're a couple hours or so out, I had to go back and watch that comeback. There's no way I'm sleeping before 2am tonight.
I went back to watch the comeback just for the sheer "awe," but I think there were a lot of small things that people may have missed. Thus, I wanted to start a thread so everyone could discuss.
2:25 - Glenn Robinson III gets a steal and a dunk to start the comeback. (64-72)
2:02 - Trey Burke forces a 10 second violation.
1:52 - Burke and McGary run a beautiful pick and roll. (66-72)
1:44 - Withey sets a backcourt pick on Burke, right into his back. NOTE: I don't know if everyone caught Burke grimacing later in the game, but this is where it started. He definitely reaggrevated that injury from the SDSU game. (Clearly it wouldn't bother him too much, but let's hope it doesn't stiffen up tonight)
1:33 - Burke tries to apply full court pressure again, but Johnson blows past him. The back is clearly limiting Burke. However, KU with the lead doesn't take advantage for the 5 on 4 and pulls the ball back out.
1:22 - Wow. Bad call on McGary. Releford goes to drive (and dunk) and McGary gets all ball. He did bump him with the body, but the refs hadn't been calling body fouls all game. It should have been a no call. (66-74)
1:13 - Burke with the stepback 3 on Withey. HALOL. (69-74) Michigan Timeout.
1:12 - Coach B is seen YELLING at GRIII to guard the inbounds pass. This is huge as KU never gets in rhythm on this possession. These are small coaching moves that win games like this. By the way, we also go with Morgan and LeVert for McGary and Stauskas. In the "OPEN Thread" I was pleading for this. It works as Michigan disrupts Kansas and then with :56 left Beilein says "no foul." Burke does a GREAT job of communicating with his teammates and passing along the order. GREAT job by Beilein on not fouling here, what a key coaching move.
:45 - Johnson drives to the shoulder on his right, passes to McLemore who drives. Again, many may have missed this but Morgan does a GREAT job, I mean GREAT job of rotating baseline and helping on the drive. To this point, Morgan has the underrated play of the game (GRIII will take that from him later). Morgan ALSO comes up with the HUGE rebound. Give the guy all the crap you want, but we don't win this game without Jordan Morgan right here. HUGE PLAY.
:28.9 - GRIII's hustle grab and reverse lay-up steals Morgan's shine as underrated play of the game. The only reason this is even underrated is because Burke's going to make a play that lives in NCAA infamy. (71-74) Michigan Timeout.
:21 - Michigan actually applies a REALLY good press and doesn't force the foul. KU responds and moves the ball and LeVert is forced to foul, however, he does so in a manner that is FAR from intentional.
:21 - Michigan subs McGary and Stauskas back in for offense. Johnson hits both free throws. (71-76)
:14 - Burke with the blow by! Not sure if he did it on purpose, but he makes the right move (obviously) of going for 2. Let's be honest, we've seen Burke take the HERO 3 in this situation a million times. The fact that he goes in for the easy lay-up again is a HUGE play that'll be overlooked because of what happens next (after what actually happens next). (73-76)
:12.6 - Burke fouls Johnson. Johnson missed the front end of the 1-1.
:4.2 - Burke becomes legend. Witness. (76-76)
:1.3 - Why is LeVert always on the end of the last second attempts? Clank. Overtime.
Michigan couldn't have played that last 2:30 any more perfectly. Sure they had a little help (Johnson randomly dribbling for 3 seconds and forgetting that the 10 second violation is actually a real thing), but they made plays. Beilein flat out outcoached Self in this 2:30. With the usage of the timeouts, with the yelling at GRIII to get on the inbounds passer, Beilein straight took it up a level.
Overtime (Key Plays)
4:01 - Burke continues legend. (79-78)
3:47 - Burke clearly in pain, holding his back after a Michigan foul, stretching.
3:25 - Burke with a mismatch on McLemore calls off any help from Stauskas.
3:21 - Burke continues legend, bang. (81-80) [.gifable moment Max B's chest bump]
2:30 - Just a note...we were actually down at this point in regulation and overtime. Says a lot.
1:03 - McGary with the rebound after the Burke miss. Puts it back, great play. (85-82)
:53.3 - Another HUGE steal by GRIII...KU has to foul and it looks more intentional than I think most people realize. Not flagrant, not even close, but intentional. [.gifed KU woman] (87-82)
:45 - KU's Johnson makes a huge 3 to keep them in the game. (87-85)
:08 - Should KU have been called for 6 men on the floor? Does the ball have to be in-bounds? Steve Kerr complains about the free timeout for KU...I originally thought they had a TO and called it, but no, he was correct.
:00 - KenPom is wrong, we win by 2. LeVert again is the one guarding the shooter. (87-85)
WHAT A WIN!!! GO BLUE!