March Madness 2018: MI sinks buzzer-beater to eliminate Houston

March Madness 2018: MI sinks buzzer-beater to eliminate Houston

Needless to say, the shot Poole's been preparing all his life to take dropped as MI downed Houston 64-63 and advanced to its 15th Sweet 16 in school history.

MI went the length of the court in less than four seconds for the winning shot.

MI defeated Houston 64-63 on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on a heave by Jordan Poole at the buzzer. The largest lead for either team throughout the contest was six points, held by MI on two separate occasions in the first half.

Poole scored eight points during the contest - but that bucket was the only shot he hit in the second half. One could say with confidence that the game was won (or lost, in Houston's case) at the free throw line.

Houston had a chance to clinch victory with 3.9 seconds remaining, but Devin Davis missed two free throws that would have given the Cougars a four-point lead.

MI trailed 63-61 with four seconds to play after Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rakhman failed to convert a layup.

As for MI, the 3-seed now advances to their second Sweet 16 in as many seasons and the fourth in 11 seasons under John Beilein. MI missed a chance to tie the game with under 10 seconds left, and Houston got the rebound, apparently sealing the win.

The Wolverines have won 11 straight and play Thursday against the victor of Sunday's game between the West Region's No. 2 seed North Carolina and No. 7 Texas A&M.