NBA stars react to Michigan’s win against Houston
With all due respect to the NBA, it has nothing on college basketball during this time of the year.
March is that one month where the NCAA brand of hoops is head and shoulders above any league in the world when it comes to thrill, drama, and of course, buzzer beaters. So when Michigan Wolverines freshman Jordan Poole drilled a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer against the Houston Cougars Saturday night, he did not just send the Wolverines to the Sweet Sixteen Round and the Cougars out of the tournament but also sent a number of former and active NBA players bonkers on Twitter.
Here are some of the reactions to the game from the pros:
Love March Madness!!! What is dude doing inside the 3?!?!?! Smh what a finish lol
— SLOWMO (@KyleAnderson5) March 18, 2018
— Robert Covington (@Holla_At_Rob33) March 18, 2018
— Kenny Smith (@TheJetOnTNT) March 18, 2018
— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) March 18, 2018
— John Henson (@Johnhenson31) March 18, 2018
Great win against a young talented team. 🔒🔒🔒#ontothenextone
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) March 18, 2018
Tim Hardaway Jr., who played for the Wolverines in college and helped Michigan reach the tournament’s title game in 2013, reacted just as how you would expect him following Poole’s dagger three.
HAILLLLLLLL YEAAAAAAAA #goblue
— Tim Hardaway Jr (@T_HardJR) March 18, 2018
Things would have ended differently had Cougars senior forward Devin Davis made at least one of his free throws with 3.6 seconds remaining on the game clock. If he had, Michigan would have needed a four-point play in the next possession to win a game.
Poole finished the game with only eight points, but became an instant Michigan hero with his game-winner. Junior forward Moritz Wagner and senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the team with 12 points apiece.
John Beilein and the Wolverines will next face the winner of Sunday’s matchup between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Texas A&M Aggies.
NBA news: NBA stars react to Michigan’s win against Houston