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Published May 18, 2013, 02:37 PM

Siva admits Burke’s block was clean in NCAA championship game

CHICAGO — Trey Burke thought he had it all.

By: By Mark Snyder,Detroit Free Press (MCT), WDAY

CHICAGO — Trey Burke thought he had it all.

Trailing by three with just over 5 minutes left, a clean block of Louisville’s Peyton Siva in the NCAA title game was going to give Michigan a chance to tie the game in the final minutes.

Instead, Burke was called for a foul with 5:09 remaining, Siva hit both free throws, and Michigan never got within one possession again, losing the championship, 82-76, last month in Atlanta.

At the NBA predraft camp this week, the pair revisited the moment.

“He came up to me and said, ‘You didn’t have to pin my shot up against the glass like that,’” Burke said Friday, after running through the drills but not participating in workouts. “I just laughed; we both laughed. It’s over with now, but it will be something that’s always on our minds.”

Burke said he replayed it in his head “a lot, and I replayed it on TV a lot. It could have went either way. I felt like it was a clean block, and the ref felt I got some body into him. But it’s over with. That play will go down in history; that game will go down in history.”

Siva wasn’t ready to admit publicly what he told Burke, until Friday.

“I told him today, ‘Trey, I wasn’t going to mention this on Instagram or Twitter, but I was like, man, I feel that was a good block,’” Siva said. “I said, ‘I’ve seen how mad you were afterward,’ and I just walked to the free-throw line, sunk my two free throws and went about the game. Afterward, I was going to tell you, but you looked a little bit upset.”

Then the wry smile came out.

“To answer your question, I’m going to have to agree with the ref and the call,” Siva said, grinning. “He made the foul call. I can’t go back in time and change it.”

Burke, whose vertical leap was among the lowest among guards in Friday’s testing, figures that block was a representation of his skills.

“My adrenaline was pumping, and I was just excited,” Burke said. “When I saw him go up, I knew I was going to try to go get it. I definitely think it was higher than what I got up today.”

“It was a real moment,” he said. “At the same time, I know I’m going to have to be playing against him here in the next year. I didn’t view that text in that type of way. But it was good that he reached out to me and let me know I had a great season and now it’s time to refocus and get on the grind.”

Burke said he sends text messages to Chris Paul regularly and speaks to former Michigan State star Draymond Green as well.