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Jordan Poole Was 'Thirsty' for Ball Before Hitting Buzzer-Beater vs. Houston

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2018

Michigan guard Jordan Poole (2) is chased by forward Moritz Wagner (13) after making a 3-point basket at the buzzer to win an NCAA men's college basketball tournament second-round game against Houston on Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. Michigan won 64-63. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

Jordan Poole wanted the ball with a chance to send the Michigan Wolverines to the Sweet 16, and he got his wish Saturday night. 

With the Wolverines trailing by two and time winding down, Poole received a pass from Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman on the right wing and drilled a long three-pointer as time expired to hand the Wolverines a stunning 64-63 win over the Houston Cougars at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas: 

Speaking to reporters after the thrilling finish, Poole said he had complete confidence in his ability to convert the game-winning look. 

"I was thirsty. Definitely thirsty," the freshman told reporters, according to the Detroit Free Press. "I've been hitting shots like that in practice all year. I just feel like I always want to take it in a situation like that at the end of the game. My teammates are constantly telling me I got ice in my veins, so I definitely was thirsty." 

Thanks to Poole's heroics, the third-seeded Wolverines will make their way to Los Angeles for a West Regional semifinal. They'll square off against either No. 2 North Carolina or No. 7 Texas A&M with a spot in the Elite Eight up for grabs. 

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