Rumeal Robinson's free-throws won Michigan its only national championship.
Arguably the proudest moment in the history of Michigan basketball came in 1989. Despite garnering a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, the Wolverines were not exactly being pegged as a Final Four team. It did not matter.
Michigan went on to "shock the world" and capture the program's only national championship.
Everything started with the untimely firing of head coach Bill Frieder. Only days prior to Michigan's postseason clash with Xavier, Frieder announced he would be leaving for Arizona State at the end of the campaign.
Athletic director Bo Schembechler decided to make a change right then and there. Frieder was out and assistant coach Steve Fisher would take over for the NCAA tournament.
"A Michigan man will coach a Michigan team," Schembechler said.
No one could have foreseen what would happen next. The Wolverines toppled Xavier 92-87, held off eleventh-seeded South Alabama in the round of 32 and upset North Carolina 92-87 in the Sweet 16. A 102-65 drubbing of Virginia sent Michigan to its first Final Four since 1976.
Once there, the Wolverines knocked out Big Ten foe Illinois in an 83-81 nail-biter.
Michigan met Seton Hall in the National Championship Game. Trailing by a point in overtime, Rumeal Robinson drew a foul with three seconds remaining. Robinson stepped to the charity-stripe and knocked down a pair of free-throws to put the Wolverines up 80-79 and win the game.
Glen Rice and Michigan set numerous NCAA tournament records during the title run. Rice scored 184 points in the six games. No one has topped his 75 field goals and 27 three-pointers either.