2018 NCAA Tournament: Kelvin Sampson says ‘best team’ didn’t win Michigan-Houston game

Was Michigan lucky in its buzzer-beating win over Houston in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night? Sure.

Were the Wolverines the better team in the matchup? Houston coach Kelvin Sampson doesn’t think so.

Sampson told reporters Sunday that he “didn’t think the best team won” in Houston’s meeting with Michigan, which ended in a ridiculous 3-pointer by Jordan Poole.

“I’m proud of our team. Sometimes in situations like that, you gotta get lucky,” Sampson told Mark Berman of FOX 26. “Michigan made a great play, but I didn’t think the best team won that game (Saturday) night. Every kid on our team thought we would win that game, and we played that way.”

Neither Houston nor Michigan had a good night offensively. The sixth-seeded Cougars shot 37 percent from the floor, while the third-seeded Wolverines hit just 35.6 percent of its shots.

Michigan also hit just 8 of its 30 (26.7 percent) 3-point attempts. But Poole hit the one that mattered most.

While Sampson might not think Michigan is deserving, the Wolverines are in this week’s Sweet 16. They’ll face Texas A&M on Thursday night for a spot in the Elite Eight.

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