Dakich: 'Unbelievable Feeling' Making Three

Michigan reserve guard Andrew Dakich hit a clutch corner three midway through the first half of the Wolverines 64-57 win over No. 24 Ohio State Sunday. Looking to make an impact in any way, Dakich couldn't be happier burning his redshirt.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Andrew Dakich wasn't supposed to be in this situation.

With Michigan heavily depleated due to injuries, Dakich, a walk-on, saw an opportunity to fill a role for the Wolverines, imploring John Beilein and the rest of the coaching staff to burn a planned redshirt.

After doing so in a 58-44 home win over Nebraska back on Jan. 29, Dakich has been getting regular minutes in the rotation with mixed results.

Sunday afternoon, with Michigan up big on No. 24 Ohio State in the first half, Dakich entered the game midway through the first half, quickly getting open for a corner three, a three he buried to give the Wolverines the biggest lead of the game at 31-11.

"It was an unbelievable feeling," Dakich said afterward. "This was kind of my moment to really get out there and get a chance to play. I couldn't be happier for burning it.

"I haven't been happy with how I've played personally and obviously our team, the way we've all played, but to finally hit a shot was huge for me and gave me a lot of confidence that I can actually do this."

Always looking for areas to improve whether it be through adversity or teaching in moments of success, Beilein has praised Dakich's selflessness this season.

In a big moment and on national television against Michigan's biggest rival, Dakich gave the Wolverines a huge boost even though his coach will have a word with him in the film room Monday.

"I'm going to give him the business because he made a three -- and it wasn't just him -- but we gave up a three at the other end," Beilein said.

"There was two or three steps of celebration and maybe relief attributed to that and if it didn't I'll make it attributed to that. We'll never forget that moment when he celebrated, I think it's the first three he's made."

Dakich played just three minutes against the Buckeyes but it was enough to have a significant impact, something that never originally seemed possible for the Indiana native in Ann Arbor.


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