Michigan’s Fab Five was an incredibly talented quintet that some thought could be the next collegiate dynasty.
The Wolverines' mind-blowing 1991 recruiting class was super athletic, intimidating and brash.
They feared no one and were ready to take on everyone.
By midway through their freshman season, Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson became UM’s starting five.
They reached the 1992 and 1993 NCAA championship games as both freshmen and sophomores.
The ’93 championship game provided the moment where The Five could put one in the books.
Michigan had a slim four-point lead with under five minutes to play. North Carolina went on a 9-0 run, pulling ahead 72-67 with only 58 seconds to play.
After the Wolverines cut the lead to three with 46 seconds left, they called their final timeout.
As Michigan was coming out of the timeout, its coach, Steve Fisher, reminded the players that they had no timeouts remaining.
After a UNC turnover, Chris Webber scored on an offensive rebound with 36 seconds left, making it 72-71.
Carolina’s Pat Sullivan knocked down the first of two free throws. But when he missed the second, Webber pulled down the rebound, setting up what could be the final possession of the game.
Rather than circling back to get the ball from Webber, Michigan’s guards released, leaving him on his own.
Webber, completely out of sync, advanced the ball beyond half court. Still no ball-handling help.
When he picked up his dribble near his own bench, North Carolina began to move in to trap Webber. He stopped and looked around to see what he could do.
And then, bizarrely, he made the gesture that everyone understood: Webber called a timeout…a timeout that Michigan did not have.
A technical foul was accessed, and the Tar Heels’ Donald Williams calmly stepped to the line and hit both free throws.
UNC inbounded the ball, and Michigan was left with nothing to do but foul again. Williams hit another two free throws to finish the game off, 77-71.
Right or wrong, Webber, a fantastic player, will forever be remembered for this—the biggest of all college basketball blunders.