Kansas led 70-59 with 3:47 to go.
It seemed as if Kansas was going to make another trip to the Elite Eight and Michigan was going to join rival Indiana as Big Ten members to get bounced in the Sweet 16. That all seemed likely until Trey Burke decided to do everything but engrave his name on the national player of the year awards.
Burke was held scoreless in the first half went off for 23 points in the second half and overtime in Michigan’s 87-85 comeback win over Kansas. Burke’s biggest shot forced the extra five minutes. The sophomore point guard drilled a 30-footer to tie the game at 76. Kansas held a 14-point led with under seven minutes to go. Michigan erased that deficit with a 22-8 run to end regulation.
Six years prior Kansas was on the other end off a game-tying three in the NCAA tournament.
In the 2008 title game a freshman named Derrick Rose made one of two free throws, giving Memphis a three-point lead. The missed free throw set up Mario Chalmers’ heroic game-tying three forcing overtime, ending with the Jayhawks cutting down the net.
Memphis was up three and elected not to foul which helped win a national title for Kansas. The Jayhawks were in the same position as the Tigers were in on Friday night in the Sweet 16. Elijah Johnson missed a free throw, keeping it a one-possession game, and providing Burke with a stage to become a tournament hero.
Burke brought the ball up the floor and got a look, although it was a 30-footer. The Big Ten Player of the Year was the hottest player on the floor at that time, so even when he raised up for that long-range shot the basket had to look a little bigger. Kansas had the chance to foul, but allowed Burke to throw up a prayer. Johnson may have had the best chance to foul Burke, but as he attempted to step up and defend Burke, he collided with Mitch McGary, who he had already “collided” with earlier in the game, and fell to the floor giving Burke enough space for a shot.
In a span of six years the argument of foul when up three late in the game has lifted a banner in Allen Fieldhouse and ended another Jayhawk run to the Final Four.
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Tonight’s bubble action. This post will be updated as the games are completed.
Cincinnati at UCF, 7:00 p.m.
Pitt at No. 12 Miami, 7:00 p.m.
No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.
Ole Miss at Florida, 9:00 p.m.
Georgia at No. 22 Kentucky, 9:00 p.m.
Arkansas at Mississippi State, 9:00 p.m.
GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.
The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.
THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.
We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR
- Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
- Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
- Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
- Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
- No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
- No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.