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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Wichita State senior forward Anton Grady received some positive news on Saturday as a neurosurgeon reviewed MRI results, which are negative for spinal cord trauma.
According to a release from Wichita State, doctors believed Grady suffered a spinal cord concussion during a collision on Friday after he was taken off the floor in a stretcher and taken to a hospital in an ambulance. CT and MRI scans on Friday both turned up negative, but the news of Saturday’s results are an even more encouraging sign for Grady.
The injury for Grady occurred during a Friday loss to Alabama during the AdvoCare Invitational as the senior’s condition has improved since the collision. Grady will receive physical therapy over the next few days and doctors will check his progress before he is released from the hospital.
Grady has been alert and responsive to questions and had feeling in his extremities on Friday, but the use of his arms and legs was limited. By Saturday morning, Grady had improved the use of his extremities.
The 6-foot-8 Grady has averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds per game this season in his first season with the Shockers. The Cleveland State transfer is shooting 39 percent from the field.
Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.
During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.
In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.
“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”
Miller also released his apology in the same release.
“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.
For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?