Michigan trailed by double digits, led by double digits and blew a late lead in the final five seconds on Monday night.
And the Wolverines still came away with a win.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman hit two free throws with 1.2 seconds to go and U-M survived a wild ride on short rest at the Crisler Center, snagging a 68-67 win over Maryland.
After erasing a 14-point first-half deficit and going up by as many as 10 in the second half, Michigan found itself down one after Kevin Huerter capped a late Maryland run after a deep go-ahead 3-pointer with just 3.5 seconds to play.
After a timeout, freshman Isaiah Livers fired a 50-foot inbound pass to Abdur-Rahkman, who drove hard to the lane before drawing a foul with 1.2 seconds left.
The moment Abdur-Rahkman hauled in the pass, Michigan coach John Beilein knew it was over.
"Isaiah Livers just threw it perfect so he could turn (and go)," Beilein said. "(When he caught it) I said 'we're going to win the game.' I just felt he could get to the basket, he was going to find a niche to get in there and (find a way).
"(We had) misdirection going, it gave him a window and, boom, he was there."
He calmly sank both foul shots – giving him 1,000 career points – and sealed another win for the Wolverines.
Abdur-Rahkman credited Livers for the heave, but the rest was on him. Known as Michigan's calmest player, and steadiest leader, the senior from Allentown, Pa. had to wait out a short clock review before stepping to the foul line.
Everything else was simple.
"That was a good pass, I kind of had a little flashback back to my days when I played football. Just zeroing in on the ball, I saw nobody in front of me so I tried to get downhill," he said. "I was just thinking about going up there and visualizing hitting shots. That's the best way to explain it.
"Visualizing making the play. Nothing new."
Moritz Wagner had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Jordan Poole scored 11 off the bench.
Michigan, who entered both The Associated Press Top 25 (23) and the Coaches Poll (24) earlier in the day, improved to 16-4 (5-2 Big Ten). U-M returns to action Thursday at Nebraska (9 p.m., BTN).
Michigan's first 30 minutes were an offensive disaster, as the Wolverines hit just 6 of their first 24 field goal attempts while Maryland used runs of 12-3 and 10-2 to extend a lead to as many as 14.
Seldom-used point guard Jaaron Simmons' driving layup just before the horn cut Maryland's advantage to 10, which somehow seemed like a win for the Wolverines.
Turns out, it was, as the Wolverines opened the second half on a 10-0 run (a 14-0 run from the close of the first half) to draw even after Zavier Simpson converted a three-point play after a layup, knotting things at 30 with 16:58 to go.
Maryland immediately fired off seven in a row, but Michigan's resurgence only continued. Wagner, Livers and Poole hit 3s on four straight trips before Poole hauled in a pass on the wing in transition, stepped back, and buried another.
Suddenly, U-M's lead was four and the building was alive with 12:40 to play.
U-M led by as many as 10, but Maryland had another swing, though, drawing within four after a Kevin Huerter triple with 1:49 to go and then two, 61-59, with 1:26 left.
But Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman buried a 3-pointer, Michigan's 11th of the game, to push the lead back to five on the very next possession.
Maryland opted against covering Livers on the end-to-end inbound pass and paid the price for it.
The 6-foot-7 freshman fired a missile right to Abdur-Rahkman, who slipped behind Maryland's defense and pounded the ball to the rim in a flash.
Michigan went the length of the court, rim to rim, in roughly two seconds with the game on the line. And Livers' pass set everything up.
Poole finds rhythm
Michigan coach John Beilein has talked repeatedly this season about finding more extended minutes for Poole. On Monday, with his team playing on short rest, he found them.
Beilein left Poole in the game for a longer stretch in the second half and it worked out, as the confident freshman guard sparked U-M with three 3-pointers in roughly two minutes of game time before adding an assist and a layup.
In his first 10 minutes, Poole had 11 points and an assist and was a plus-12 on the floor. Michigan's lead, meanwhile, swelled to eight with 7:59 left. As a team, U-M hit eight of its first 10 3-point attempts in the second half as the lead grew to as many as 10.
Poole held his own defensively enough to allow Beilein to keep him in the game. He even let him play some with senior off-guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman, which had been Beilein's hope for some time now.
Michigan's win at Michigan State was two days ago. As far as turnarounds go, this is as quick as it gets during a college basketball regular season.
But U-M's depth showed up Monday night. The Wolverines got extended minutes for 10 players on Mondaywhile Maryland relied heavily on a shorter rotation of seven.
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