Mitch McGary made quite an impression in Michigan's NCAA Tournament win over VCU on Saturday. Much of that impression was left in the scorebook but some was left on Briante Weber.
The VCU guard was tracking Michigan's Trey Burke when he ran into a 6' 10" wall wearing a white No. 4 jersey. The freshman center, making just his fourth career start (two in the regular season), stepped into the path of Weber and Burke ran his defender right into the screen. Momentarily freed up, Burked drained a deep step-back jumper to give Michigan a 36-21 lead late in the first half. Weber went down hard enough that McGary may be hearing from Wolverines football Brady Hoke before the Sweet 16.
"I set a good, hard screen and the man happened to run into my chest. It was a legal screen," McGary told Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, adding "I didn't mean, intentionally, for him to fall down. It just happened like that."
For those of you in the Maize and Blue Nation who want to experience this collision on loop, here is a GIF.
The 20-year-old from Chesteron, Ind. finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal as the Wolverines roared to a 78-53 win.