Burke Gears Up For Gators (w/ video)
Trey Burke
Trey Burke
GoBlueWolverine.com
Posted Mar 30, 2013


Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke has had the ball in his hands with the game on the line several times in his short career with the Wolverines. Friday against Kansas, Burke stuck a 30-footer propelling his team to victory and keeping their season alive.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Three...dribble to the left, two...crossover step-back, one...the ball is released with a fluid flick.   Then buzzer as the ball flutters through the net right as the buzzer sounds, mom leans out of the door to the house demanding you get inside because it's almost dark out.

That vision never ends in defeat because the ball always makes its way through the hoop. The celebration on that cement driveway is the feeling every young basketball player hopes to experience if ever granted the opportunity on the big stage during March Madness.

Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke made his vision a reality Friday night in a Sweet 16, overtime win over No. 1 seed Kansas, even if it wasn't exactly how he drew it up.

"(I did that) a lot," said Burke Saturday. "It wasn't from that deep though."

Burke's 30-foot heave with time winding down in regulation, trailing 76-73, is a shot that will live in Michigan basketball lore for the rest of eternity -- but it didn't come without disappointment when that eight year old kid inside Burke missed similar opportunities throughout his short, yet historic, college career.

"He's had a couple of shots like that," said Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer. "Arkansas a year ago and then Ohio State this past year in Columbus but we see Trey, everyday, make that shot.

"He gets great separation, he gets great elevation and he's cold-blooded when it comes to making big shots. For him to be able to, on this stage, make that shot, it's great for him and Trey's about winning."

The improbable comeback by the Wolverines, erasing a 10-point deficit with just over two minutes to play, now propels Michigan into an Elite Eight match-up with No. 3 seed Florida. Over 200 congratulatory text messages were waiting for Burke on his phone immediately following the victory but the end goal isn't being in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1994. 

The goal is to get to the Final Four in Atlanta, a round last visited by the Wolverines in 1993.

"We were all very excited after the game, obviously, just being able to get back to the Elite 8 is something that this program hasn't done in a long time," said Burke.

"We really don't have time to reminisce on the last game.  We just have to get ready for Florida tomorrow and we have to be prepared.  This deep into the season you can't really look back on your last wins or your last losses.  You just have to keep playing."

To watch video of Burke from Saturday, press play below.



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