ARLINGTON, Texas – From the moment where Kansas led Michigan by 11 points with 3:47 remaining in regulation, Elijah Johnson had committed four turnovers, including a senseless 10-second violation. He missed two of his three shots, clanked the front end of a critical one-and-one and watched as the Jayhawks' express run toward a national championship collapsed in a heap.
Now it was overtime, Michigan up by two and despite the entire ordeal, Bill Self wanted the ball in the hands of the tough senior out of Las Vegas. Self wanted him to go to the rim, go force another overtime, go save KU from one of the most painful losses imaginable here in the Sweet 16.
Johnson got his shoulders past his defender, got open space and enough of a lane to the basket that Michigan's Jordan Morgan felt it was unlikely he could block the lay-up. Instead, Johnson hesitated as he flew through the air, eventually needing to turn mid-flight and throw a desperation pass out to the perimeterRead More »from Michigan displays poise of late-March regular; Kansas, Elijah Johnson crumble down stretch