After plum forgetting to rank the gifs the last time out, that feature is back just in time to attempt to pick a top moment from Sunday's triumph against Michigan State. I'm sure that won't be hard at all. It's clearly
that Burke steal that other Burke steal the floor slapping the other floor slapping Hardaway trolling Izzo McGary's magnificent pump fake oh god help me.
This is not the number one gif of the game—you'll have to hit the jump to find that out—but this totally unaltered look at the interaction between Tim Hardaway Jr. and Tom Izzo is, again, totally unaltered and completely true to life in every way:
Good to see that when Hardaway's shot isn't falling, he's finding other ways to help the team win. Or, at the very least, trolling Izzo on national TV.
[Hit THE JUMP for the top ten gifs from the game, plus several honorable mentions because I'm terrible at making difficult decisions.]
Click the still frames and/or links to open each gif in a lightbox.
This isn't really a "top gif" in any way, but thanks to some poor coverage by CBS a lot of people missed what caused Nik Stauskas to start spurting more blood than an extra in a Tarantino flick. Here you go:
This looks to me like it was a terrible, terrible call (alternate angles didn't capture the critical moment when the ball did/didn't hit the line), though it did elicit a pretty hilarious reaction from both McGary and a guy I presume is a student manager (also in still form):
OTHERS: Spartan Inbound Derp, Really Excited Band Guy, Burke Score/Steal Sequence, Hardaway-to-GRIII Oop, Burke Layup And Yell, Burke Backdoor Pass To LeVert (Who Gets Sent Flying By Nix Despite Barely Being Touched), McGary Reverse Layup, LeVert Up-And-Under To End Half, Beilein Chews Out Teddy V, Burke Oop To Hardaway + High Five, Morgan And Hardaway Play Catch.
10. Trey Burke Falling Layup
The pair of feet in the above frame belong to the same man responsible for putting the ball in the basket. I don't think anything else needs to be said here.
Trey Burke is not the first man to pull off this move, but that doesn't make it any less spectacular.
8. Hardaway Trolls Izzo
Original version. Calling all lip-readers—clearly the two Michigan fans behind Izzo found this exchange hilarious.
7. HUG AL GLICK
Damn you, CBS—they showed a replay of the full bench reaction that cut off just before the hug, which was by far the best part. This is still pretty great. For those that don't know, the man hugging Beilein is the athletic department's biggest donor (his name is on the football practice facility) and a pretty wonderful all-around guy.
6. Slap The Floor, Trey
After his midcourt swindle and go-ahead score, Burke slaps the deck and then lets it all out.
5. Most Successful Pump-Fake Ever?
@aceanbender Costello with some textbook MMA defense there.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) March 5, 2013
— Dave Hogg (@Stareagle) March 5, 2013
Well played, Mitch.
4. So, Mr. Appling, How Was Your Sunday?
(Before I'm accused of complete, blinding bias: yes, this is a blatant offensive foul on Burke—albeit a very crafty one—and also probably a moving screen on GRIII. The officiating in this game was horrible for both teams.)
3. Burke Seals It
Yeah, Tom Izzo was not enthused (still frame below, so no need to click):
2. Slap The Floor, Everybody
FRAMES OF THE GAME: Yoink
Yeah, making this list was pretty difficult, but in the end was there really any doubt about the top spot? I guess we'll find out when you...