Comparing Kentucky's All-Freshman Starting 5 to Michigan's Fab Five

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Comparing Kentucky's All-Freshman Starting 5 to Michigan's Fab Five
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There had never been a recruiting class as heralded and anticipated as Michigan's Fab Five back in 1991...until this year.

John Calipari and Kentucky pulled a haul that included six McDonald's All-Americans and five players ranked in the top 10. It was a recruiting class so good that Wildcat fans were actually printing 40-0 t-shirts for a team that the year before lost in the first round of the NIT.

Kentucky endured some bumps in the road. Not all of the freshmen played up to their vaunted rankings, but here we sit with the Wildcats heading to an Elite Eight showdown with Michigan and playing their best basketball of the season. It calls to mind when the Fab Five made their run to the championship game in 1992.

The comparisons are uncanny. Michigan went 25-9, and Kentucky is presently sitting at 27-10. Both teams started all freshmen and were at their best when they did.

But how do the teams stack up man to man? Let's pair them up and see who would come out on top.

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