Thought the Fab Five finished in the 1990's? You'd be wrong.
The stars of the Michigan Wolverines' team that won consecutive Final Four berths have shown up to cheer on the latest Michigan heroes as they take on the No. 1 seed Louisville Cardinals—and it's a huge highlight for the tournament that they've made it to the Georgia Dome.
Four of the Fab Five cheering on Michigan from the stands twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 9, 2013
Chris Webber is in the Georgia Dome to cheer on his Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA title game twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 9, 2013
One of the most dominant teams in college basketball history, Detroit natives Chris Webber and Jalen Rose, Chicago native Juwan Howard, and Texas high school stars Jimmy King and Ray Jackson completely changed basketball throughout the early 1990's. To have them at the championship game now is a sign of just how strong and successful the NCAA Tournament has become.
And, according to those at the game, they've been very well received.
Ovation for Chris Webber and rest of Fab 5 on video board. And another one. Big one.— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelCBS) April 9, 2013
The current batch of Wolverines have performed exceptionally well during March Madness so far, having beat quality teams to win their way through to the title game.
They've overcome adversity, come back from the death when it all seemed lost, and with guys like Trey Burke on hand, they've lit up college basketball arenas right around the country.
Just like the Fab Five did, back in the day.
Throughout the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons, the junior and sophomore Fab Five were truly phenomenal—particularly when it came to their strong offense.
They had unprecedented boldness for underclassmen, and with Webber, Howard and Rose all averaging incredible numbers per game, they quickly became college favorites—something that has remained ever since.
Even despite the scandals (which have seen the likes of Webber banned from the program for 10 years), the Fab Five still remain as iconic as the sport itself, and thus having them appear—as a whole—for the tournament this year is a huge boost for March Madness.
Of course, it's incredibly powerful for the Wolverines, and will no doubt give this year's class huge confidence to know that their heroes are in the stands.
But for college basketball as a whole, it's a huge highlight, and one that should be remembered with the other highlights of this year's tournament—regardless of who emerges victorious on Monday night.
"I think it's important for these guys to see us back," King said via ESPN ealier last week when asked why he'll be attending the title game..
"It lifts them up. There's a connection there".
Judging by what we've seen so far from Atlanta, it seems he couldn't be more right.
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