Poole's 3 at the buzzer sends MI to Hollywood

Poole's 3 at the buzzer sends MI to Hollywood

Poole's 3 at the buzzer sends MI to Hollywood

Updates throughout. With AP Photos. Poole rose up above a closing Houston defender and drilled the deep three to give MI the stunning 64-63 win and a trip to the Sweet 16.

The play stared with 3.9 seconds left and it followed a timeout after Devin Davis missed a pair of free throws that could've sealed the win for Cougars.

MI freshman Jordan Poole added to the drama of the NCAA tournament Saturday when he hit a game-winning buzzer-beating three-pointer to lift the Wolverines over Houston and into the Sweet 16.

Almost an hour after the game, Davis returned to the court at an empty Intrust Bank Arena and just stood at the free-throw line by himself.

While Poole's shot was incredible, there is another shot in MI basketball history that may be better.

Four players are averaging at least 9.6 points per game for MI, they are Moritz Wagner (14.5), Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (12.6), Charles Matthews (12.6) and Duncan Robinson (9.6). The Wolverines, who are the 3-seed in the West Region, will face the victor of 2-seed North Carolina vs 7-seed Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 Thursday in Los Angeles.

Gray hasn't done that, leading the Cougars in scoring at almost 20 points a game.

They just about did it.

Gray turned in the individual performance of the tournament thus far on Thursday when he scored 39 points, including the game-winning layup with two seconds remaining, against San Diego State to give the Cougars a 67-65 victory.

Davis grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled on the next possession.

Senior guard Wes VanBeck sparked Houston's offense off the bench with a three after he missed the entire AAC tournament with an injury.

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The down-to-the-wire outcome was hardly surprising given the way the rest of the game went.

The game included 17 lead changes and was tied 28-28 at halftime.

Kansas was stunned and the Wolverines trampled the Jayhawks in overtime.

Poole finished the night with eight points. And just like Burke, Poole now has an NCAA Tournament moment, that will live on forever in MI basketball history.

Both teams shot below 40 percent from the field.

The third-seeded Michigan Wolverines needed a miracle to survive an upset bid from No. 6 seed Houston, and freshman Jordan Poole delivered.

MI converted eight straight at one point to take a 57-53 lead with 3:42 to go. Davis tops in rebounds with 6.2 while Gray leads in assists with 4.5.

Wagner answered with a putback basket for MI with 1:41 left, but after the teams swapped 3-point misses, Davis grabbed a crucial rebound and made two foul shots to give Houston the lead. But the cracks showed when Davis went to the foul line with a chance to ice it.

MI won its 11th straight game in the most dramatic of fashions, even without its top players at their best.

Wagner and Abdur-Rahkman both finished with 12 for the Wolverines (30-7), while Charles Matthews finished his night with 11.

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