Florida in mind, Wolverines still in awe of Burke's magic moment
6:03 PM, Mar 30, 2013
7:03 PM, Mar 30, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - A day later, new goals have been rolled out and all of Michigan's attention has shifted to Florida.
Well, almost all of it.
"It's hard to not think about it," Trey Burke said of his last-second shot from Friday night.
"It was crazy, especially seeing where I shot the shot from."
It's tough to blame him. Over 40,000 people in Cowboys Stadium were convinced Kansas had the game in hand, but Burke's teammates believed differently.
His shot with four seconds left in regulation propelled the Wolverines into overtime, and was the final jolt in an electric comeback.
"Trey's shot keeps replaying in my head over and over again," Mitch McGary said Saturday. "Last night, I told Glenn, 'This is one of the greatest moments of my life.'"
In a stadium filled with cameras, the shot was destined to be captured and shared. One photo in particular caught the waves of social media.
The picture snapped by Ronald Martinez of Getty Images was a hot topic in the Wolverines locker room after their practice Saturday, notably for the reaction of all of Burke's teammates as he unleashed the ball out of his fingertips.
"Just the moment, it was spectacular. If I could get one of those pictures framed, I would definitely put it on my wall," Nik Stauskas said.
Burke wasn't looking to go to Kinko's to print mass copies of the picture, but he indulged in the enjoyment of looking at it himself.
"It's crazy, the picture they're talking about, to see everybody looking at the shot. It's definitely a picture that can be framed," he proclaimed.
From an unforgettable picture to another grand task. Florida, the Wolverines next opponent, have been bounced from a Regional Final the last two years. Tim Hardaway, Jr. said it's easy to see on film just how hungry the Gators are.
The winner of Sunday's matchup advances to Atlanta, and Hardaway said his team is just as hungry as Florida. And for once, the Wolverines are peeking into the future, but only for the right reasons.
"It's definitely motivation, going to the Final Four. It's something this program hasn't done in a very, very long time," he explained.
The maestro of Michigan's mojo supported the idea that a trip to Atlanta is more important than looking back at the magic of Friday night.
"We set a goal at the beginning of the year to get to Atlanta and compete for a National Championship. Our thing is, we just have to stay consistent and to continue to control what we control," Burke said.
After seeing him grab a stranglehold of the game's closing moments Friday night, it's not outlandish to imagine what he can do Sunday.
Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter: