Michigan's freshman guard Jordan Poole squared up and drained a long 3-pointer at the final buzzer, giving third-seeded MI a heart-stopping 64-63 victory over No. 6 seed Houston. It was Poole's second made 3-pointer of the game as he finished with 8 points.
MI senior guard Duncan Robinson led them nine points off the bench in the first half, while Houston kept most of Michigan's starters contained.
John Beilein and the Wolverines will next face the victor of Sunday's matchup between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Texas A&M Aggies.
Trailing 63-61, MI took advantage of 2 missed free throws by Houston's Devin Davis, giving the Wolverines the ball with less than 4 seconds left and a chance to tie or win the game. That's when the impossible started to happen, Davis missed both free throws and the ball fell right into Moritz Wagner's arms.
The game featured 17 lead changes and 12 ties with neither team leading by more than six.
Both teams traded big baskets in the final minutes.
It's the second straight Sweet 16 appearance for John Beilein's team, and for the second year in a row, they've done it as Big Ten Tournament champions.
The Michigan basketball program is on to the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament thanks to freshman Jordan Poole. Davis would emerge from Houston's locker room later in the night to practice free throws by himself.
With 5:47 left to play, Charles Matthews connected on a 3-pointer. U-M worked the shot clock down but didn't connect and Houston's Davis went to the line following a rebounding foul.
MI converted eight straight at one point to take a 57-53 lead with 3:42 to go. He went 4-6 from three-point range and converted 11 of 15 free throws.
Who would have put money on MI being able to get the ball across half court and get a good shot with 3.6 seconds?
Ohio State ended its season at 25-9.