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Michigan Back at #1 Seed, 1st Time Since Fab 5

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

The Michigan Wolverines are back at #1 in the men’s basketball March Madness tournament for the first time in 28 years. We all know about the Fab 5 & the legacy they left for Michigan Basketball. They were the #1 seed back in 1993. They advanced all the way to the championship game that season, but lost to Dean Smith’s UNC 77-71. Now, the Fab 5 (via Juwan Howard) is back in the tourney as a #1 seed once again.

The Fab Five

Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King & Ray Jackson make up the Fab 5. They all came in together as freshmen & reached the National Championship game in both their freshman & sophomore seasons, unfortunately losing both. They never won a championship together. Ray Jackson is the only one of them to never suit up in the NBA. Jalen Rose was the leading scorer on an Indiana Pacers team that went to the NBA Finals in 2000. Chris Webber was an NBA All-Star. In 2012, Juwan Howard became the first of the Fab Five to become an NBA Champion, winning with the Miami Heat. He was an All-Star & All-NBA forward & went on to win 2 championships with the Heat before retiring & beginning his coaching career.

Juwan Howard, Head Coach, Michigan University

After six seasons with the Heat as an assistant coach, Juwan Howard accepted the job as Head Coach of his alma mater, Michigan University, in 2019. He had instant success with the Wolverines. They started the season 7-0, including wins over #6 UNC & #8 Gonzaga & jumped from unranked to the #4 ranked team in the country. They would have been a #9 seed in last year’s tournament if it wasn’t cancelled due to Covid-19.

This year, the Michigan team has been phenomenal. They’re going into the tournament with a 20-4 overall record which earned them a #1 seed in the tourney. Their first March Madness game is on Saturday, March 20 @ 3PM. They’ll play the winner of Mount Saint Mary’s vs Texas Southern.

Wolverines in the Championship Game?

The last time Michigan was a #1 seed, they went to the championship game. The Fab Five were some of the most iconic college players of all time, so Juwan Howard getting back to the tourney as a #1 seed is exciting. We’ll see if Juwan Howard can get the Wolverines back to the championship game again. I have them making the Final Four, eventually losing to fellow #1 seed Gonzaga in one of my brackets. Click here if you want to join our March Madness Bracket competition for $10, winner takes all.

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