Saturday, March 30, 2013
Burke doesn't miss chance for Michigan
By Jason King
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Time and time again the past few seasons, as the final buzzer sounded after a close loss, Michigan point guard Trey Burke has found himself asking the same question.
Why did those 3-pointers rim out against Arkansas and Ohio State?
Why couldn't he make that final shot in an overtime loss to Wisconsin?
Why did he miss a free throw and layup in the waning moments at Indiana?
"All of them looked good and felt good," Burke said. "I just kept asking, 'Why are they all going in and out?'"
Burke never discovered the answer -- but he never lost confidence, either. Instead the Wooden Award candidate just kept firing away in those tight moments, hoping that good fortune would eventually come his way.
It finally happened for the nation's best player Friday -- fittingly, on the biggest stage of his college career.
Burke's 3-pointer with 4 seconds remaining forced overtime in the Wolverines' Sweet 16 showdown against Kansas at Cowboys Stadium. Along with capping his team's rally from a 14-point second-half deficit, the shot gave Michigan a huge jolt of momentum that it used to defeat a deflated KU squad 87-85.