For about 13 minutes during the second half of the South region’s first Sweet 16 game, the Kansas Jayhawks hugely outplayed the Michigan Wolverines. Starting after a TV timeout at 15:48, Kansas outscored Michigan 24-16, building a ten-point lead that looked basically insurmountable. With 2:30 left Kansas had the ball; going by the numbers, a Michigan win at that point had about 200-1 odds, and it would require them to not only hit just about every one of their remaining shots, but also for Kansas to somehow stop scoring points, which up to that moment they had been doing with ease, mostly thanks to their size advantage on the inside.
Of course, that is exactly what happened: Michigan went on a 14-4 run, tying the game, and the Wolverines won in overtime. Here’s how it went down.