Kameron Chatman played an unlikely hero today, hitting the game winning three-pointer from the corner to give U-M a stunning 72-69 win against top-seeded Indiana.
The game winner stunned the Hoosiers, while also putting U-M back in the discussion as a possible NCAA tournament team with the win.
The shot was huge for Michigan, no doubt, who now have quality wins against Indiana, Maryland, Purdue and Texas.
But where does this game winner rank amongst all the shots Beilein has seen in his career in coaching? Well, it’s up there, he admits.
“(I) have seen it all. Because we had the same things happen on the other side. I mean, I'm talking half-court shots to go to an Elite Eight game. I'm talking just crazy stuff that has happened the other way,” Beilein said. “So I'm thinking it was coming back around somewhere that one of these would come our way.
“But it's a big moment for us to be a 1-8 game and make that play, after all we have been through this year, right, for that young man to do it as well.”
That young man, of course, is Chatman, who hit only his eighth three-pointer of the season in his most memorable shot of his Michigan career.
“It's going to probably go down when I pack it in some day and I just look back at all of those shots, that one I will remember a lot because of the type of young men that we have on this team,” Beilein said.
“There are two seniors, Caris (LeVert) and Spike (Albrecht). That's all they do. They haven't been able to do anything despite the whole year or the whole Big Ten season for Caris. They got knocked down and kept getting back up. That's why it is so rewarding. And Kam is a great example of that.”No. 8
Michigan plays against No. 4 Purdue in the Big Ten semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m.