Michigan Ross Freshman C.J. Baird Sinks 3-Pointer To Help Wolverines Set NCAA Tournament Record
It was a landmark night for the Michigan Wolverines in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament — not only did they best Texas A&M 99-72, but a 3-point shot from Michigan Ross BBA freshman C.J. Baird at the end of the game helped the team set a tournament record.
It was the first time eight players have hit a three-pointer in one game. It was an NCAA tournament first, for sure. But for Baird, the shot was a dream come true.
“It’s every kid’s dream to play in the NCAA tournament,” Baird said following the game. “And when you watch it for so many years like that … I never thought I’d get to do this. When I shot it, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, go in!’ Then I stepped back and it went in. I got shivers down my whole body, and I just couldn’t hold my emotions. It is one of the best feelings in my life.”
It was quite a moment for the rest of the team as well––they erupted in cheers when Baird sank the shot.
Michigan Ross Dean Scott DeRue joined in as well. He took to Twitter to congratulate the team and share in the excitement about Michigan making it to the Elite 8 round of the tournament:
Congratulations to Baird and the team! Go Blue!
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