As cliche as it sounds, Michigan’s win on the road last night against Purdue is the kind of material that Hollywood goes crazy for.
The narratives were all there. The Wolverines needing another win to try and lock up the Big Ten outright. They were on the road against a far inferior team. The possible hangover from a huge win just days prior against their arch rival. At one point, they faced a 19 point deficit in the first half.
The task was tall, but, as John Beilein coached teams tend to do, this group fought back and showed no signs of being flustered.
Oh, right. Remember that “slumping GR3” narrative? Well, that seemed to put itself to bed, if not for only a night.
Down by one with 2.9 seconds left in overtime, Beilein called a timeout to set-up a play coming out of the in-bounds pass. What ensued was one of the great plays in college basketball this season.
One the sideline in-bound pass, Caris Levert threw a perfect rainbow to Robinson in the right corner to where only he could get it. What occured was one bounce, a drive of the baseline, and in the end, a win for the Wolverines.
Robinson finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. All of this was done with GR3’s father, former Purdue star Glenn Robinson, in the house. What a special night for that young man.
Michigan fans have witnessed all of the ups and downs of having such a young team throughout this season, as the Wolverines are one of the youngest groups in all of college basketball. Sometimes, being young means that you’re just too naive to understand the kind of trouble you get yourself into, and you rise up from it. That’s become a trademark of this program throughout the last few seasons.
Too young to know. Too dumb to care.
But this team isn’t dumb. It’s the exact opposite. These are kids with a high basketball IQ and they are led by, quite frankly, one of the most underrated coaches in all of college sports.
The Wolverines need to win two out of their next three games to lock up their first outright conference championship since 1986.
Michigan next comes home to play Minnesota on Saturday night.