In 1992, Michigan point guard Jalen Rose proved he wasn’t just a talented player, he was also a confident one.
“We realized from Day 1 that we were a Final Four team,” Rose said after his team’s 75–71 Elite Eight victory over archrival Ohio State in overtime after losing to OSU twice earlier that season. “You guys are just now realizing that we’re a Final Four team.”
Youth was served and then some in the Wolverines’ win over the Buckeyes. All but two of Michigan’s points were scored by their Fab Five freshmen: Rose, Chris Weber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson.
Rose, the team’s leading scorer during the regular season, netted 20 points against the Buckeyes. He would spend two more seasons in Ann Arbor before embarking on a 13-year NBA career spent with six different teams. He is currently an analyst for ESPN.
This season, Michigan has arguably its most talented team since the Fab Five Era. Currently undefeated (16–0) and ranked No. 2, the Wolverines travel to 15th-ranked Ohio State this Sunday. Jalen Rose profile