Wagner gets it. He knows he’s not the most liked player in college basketball player. He sticks his tongue out,
he points his fingers and he screams into the night. The junior forward plays with passion, and because of it he’s attracted
his fair share of haters.
But in the midst of pandemonium Saturday night, after Michigan freshman Jordan
Poole sunk Houston with a miraculous buzzer beater in the second round of the 2018
NCAA Tournament, Wagner took some time to console heartbroken Cougars players after the Wolverines’ 64-63 win.
Corey Davis Jr. played 34 minutes on Saturday night. He didn’t stuff the stat sheet, finishing with 3 points, 2 rebounds
and 1 steal. He’ll be remembered most for being the defender who leaped in front of Poole and didn’t foul, raising
his hands high and avoiding contact. Poole converted the shot anyway, and moments later Wagner was alone on the sideline,
watching the final seconds of his season tick away.
That’s when Wagner approached the guard and offered a quick handshake and a quick hug.
RESPECT. Mo Wagner stops to console heartbroken Houston player, Corey Davis Jr., before celebrating
Michigan’s miraculous buzzer beater three that sent them to the Sweet Sixteen last night. pic.twitter.com/N7a6sRUb5G
The thrill of a March buzzer beater is likely unmatched, a feeling the winners won’t soon forget. It’s probably
equally as memorable for the losers, yet tinged with feelings of regret. Wagner’s reputation as a fiery player might
be appropriate, but in a heated moment Saturday night the junior, who scored 12 points and recorded 7 rebounds, 3 assists
and 1 block, took some time to look out for those on the other side. That’s more than most can say.