I was eleven years old when I asked my mother for black socks, a pair of all black sneakers and some yellow baggie basketball shorts. I wanted to be just like the Fab 5, the Michigan Wolverines basketball team. The Michigan Wolverines were led by five freshmen and were given the name the Fabulous 5. The Fab 5 played in two back-to-back National Championship games, they did not win in either of those games, but their impact on basketball was very imperative. They bought style to the game of basketball. Teams did not wear black socks and baggie shorts before the Fab 5. These talented five freshmen made history and a fashion statement at the same time.
Twenty years later, the Michigan Wolverines are back in the championship game against Louisville. Louisville is the overall number one seed in the tournament and the favorite to win the National Championship.
Michigan is led by a different group of guys this time around on Championship Monday. The Wolverines are led by sophomore guard Trey Burke, the Naismith and John Wooden Award Winner. Burke will have his hands full with trying the break the press of Louisville.
March Madness has been bitter-sweet for the Louisville Cardinals. They lost a key reserve in the Elite 8 game against the Duke Blue Devils due to injury. Kevin Ware’s injury was one of the most brutal injuries I have ever seen. The Cards were able to pull themselves together and beat Duke to move on to the Final Four.
I believe this game is going to be one of the best match ups in the championship game, since the 2008 Kansas and Memphis match up. Michigan is a solid basketball team that has a reputation for not turning the ball over. They will face a team in Louisville that lives off forcing turnovers. This will be a great match up and I believe Michigan will cut down the nets!