They had done nothing for Michigan for 35 minutes Friday night. No points. A bundle of missed shots. Less than a handful of positive statistics across the board.
Yet when Michigan needed something from players other than star guards Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., three of Michigan’s role players played a massive role in the second-seeded Wolverines’ come-from-behind 73-69 overtime win over No. 10 Minnesota.
Seniors Zack Novak and Stuart Douglass sparked a game-tying 11-2 run to close regulation for Michigan and then Douglass made a big 3-pointer early in overtime to give the Wolverines control for the first time all night.
Novak and Douglass had been scoreless heading into the final media timeout of the game. Then Novak hit a 3-pointer. And another. And Douglass controlled the ball and made the read and pass of the game on Michigan’s final play of regulation.
Novak's six points and Douglass' five points and two assists turned what would have been a certain loss for Michigan in the Big Ten quarterfinals into a semifinal appearance on Saturday afternoon against either No. 3 Ohio State or No. 6 Purdue.