INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- During the 2016 Big Ten Tournament, Michigan certainly has found itself a flair for the dramatics.
A game-winning shot by Zak Irvin sealed the deal over Northwestern on Friday and a buzzer-beating three-point shot downed number one seed Indiana on Friday. Perhaps a bit improbable, the Wolverines live to see another day in a tournament they so desperately needed to do well in.
When one thinks buzzer beating three-pointers, Zak Irvin, Derrick Walton Jr. or Duncan Robinson immediately comes to mind when thinking about candidates to take the shot. However, that wasn't the case. Seldom-used Kam Chatman got the call and answered in a big, big way. Possibly even punching U-M's ticket to the Big Dance in the process.
For Robinson, who also had a big time three-point shot on Friday, has struggled shooting but heaped the praise on Chatman as well.
"It felt good coming off the hand all game but I haven't been making them," Robinson said. "Great pass by Zak in the corner and for Kam to hit that, that's awesome. Couldn't happen to a better person, we're all just so happy for him. Just really, really excited to get this win."
The Indiana squad U-M defeated was the same team that blew out the Wolverines on its home turf a few weeks prior. However, one check of the calendar is all one needs to know about wacky things happening in college basketball.
This is March.
"Yeah, man, March," Robinson said. "Anything can happen in March. It's good when you get into a kind of a little bit of a roll here, it's a lot of fun. We'll celebrate this one for the little bit and focus on the next one."
So what was the recipe of success for the Wolverines on Friday. Well, not playing overconfident like the Wolverines did against Indiana last time, according to Robinson. With its egos bruised, Robinson says the team rallied and brought energy that made the difference this game.
"Just staying connected and really believing," Robinson said. "I think, going back to that game in Ann Arbor, we were maybe a little overly confident coming off a little but of a winning streak and they just kind of punched us in the mouth. We were all disappointed and we've got to play a lot better than that... We just believe in each other, we came out and fought and played with a lot of energy."