John Beilein not thrilled with Michigan's late-game shot selection, OK with Trey Burke's in-and-out 3
ANN ARBOR -- After expending so much energy to dig out of a seemingly insurmountable 21-point hole Sunday in Columbus, Michigan found itself dead even with Ohio State with six minutes to play.
Obviously the Wolverines never got over the hump Sunday, as Michigan missed seven of its final nine shots from the floor in a 56-53 loss.
"We got all the way back," Beilein said Monday on his weekly radio show. "(But) I wish we'd have had a little bit better shot selection down the stretch."
After Glenn Robinson III nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 46-all with 5:59 to go, Michigan's next six shots -- and none of them were anywhere near the basket.
Trey Burke missed a long jumper 11 seconds into the shot clock. Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a 3-pointer 11 seconds into the shot clock. Robinson followed with another missed triple, and Burke followed that with a quick 3-pointer that was blocked by Evan Ravenel.
Thirteen seconds later, Nik Stauskas fired away from deep -- he missed, too. Hardaway then closed a relatively mind-boggling stretch with yet another missed 3-pointer at the 2:02 mark, as Michigan stretched its late-game scoreless streak to nearly five full minutes after pulling even.
But in spite of the poor shot selection and missed jumpers, the Wolverines still found themselves down just a pair after a pair of Burke free throws and a steal and jam from Robinson.
And, after a timeout with 29 seconds to play, Burke had a chance to tie the game or go for the win with just 17 seconds left.
He took another 3-pointer, and he missed -- barely. The shot went in, and twirled back out again -- a near mirror image of Burke's missed 3-point buzzer-beater at Arkansas last season.
But unlike the previous stretch of questionable decisions against Ohio State, Beilein said he wasn't upset with Burke's last shot attempt.
"We did have a great shot, a shot clock shot, but a great one by Trey Burke that went in and out," Beilein said. "But, if missing that shot helps us speed our learning curve, then it's all worth it."
Of the final possession, Beilein said Michigan was just trying to get a good look at the basket -- whether it was a 3-pointer or a two. He had no preference.
And, when Burke launched a step-back triple over Aaron Craft -- Beilein had no complaints.
"We were trying to either get to the rim, get a drop-off or get someone open on the perimeter," he said. "None of it happened, and we're blessed to have a guy (in Burke) who can get his own shot almost any time he wants it.
"It turned out to be a really good shot, and he's the guy we want (to handle) the ball (late in the game). ... He took a good shot, and it almost went in."
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