By Matt McCoy
Purdue's Glenn Robinson, playing at Michigan, denied the Wolverines a Big Ten title 20 years ago. Michigan's Glenn Robinson, playing at Purdue, may have won the Wolverines the championship Wednesday night.
Clinging to a one game lead in the loss column over Michigan State, the Wolverines were about to lose their grip on a potential outright championship. They were down 76-75 with 2.9 seconds left, when Glenn Robinson III saved the day. The sophomore took a cross-court inbounds pass, drove baseline and put up a lean-in bank shot that hung on the rim and dropped through at the buzzer for a 77-76 Michigan win.
The Robinson game winner--coming at Purdue---was an ironic deja vu.
It was March 6, 1994 when Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson--the father of Wednesday's Michigan hero, spun in the lane with six seconds left and swished a floating jump shot to beat the Wolverines in Ann Arbor 95-94. It won the Big Ten championship for Purdue while denying Michigan's Fab Five era a championship of any kind.
I'm posting the videos of both Glenn Robinson game winners. The 1994 video from YouTube is a little low in its video quality but not in the quality of basketball. It was striking to me how good those teams were and was a reminder of what a star the younger Robinson's old man was.
It was also a reminder of how badly that Fab Four team (Chris Weber had gone pro the year before) gagged away the title. The video starts with 2:27 left in the game and Michigan up eight. From there Purdue made winning plays and Michigan made losing ones including an inexcusable turnover by Jalen Rose (strangely, it didn't make the ESPN Fab Five documentary) that led to Robinson's winning shot.
Even after Robinson's basket, Michigan had six seconds and bona fide studs in Rose and Juwan Howard, as well as the much heralded Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. So who took the last shot? Dugan Fife. No wonder these guys never won a title.
Here's the 1994 video
Here's Robinson III hitting the game winner Wednesday at Purdue