SLAM Magazine and SB Nation have collaborated and released a top 50 list of the all-time best men’s and women’s college basketball teams. Given the iconic and paradigm-changing era in the early 1990s, Michigan had more than worthy resume to be included.
The Fab Five, headlined by Juwan Howard, Chris Webber and Jalen Rose, could have made the list twice. However, the 1992-93 season was selected as comes in as the 20th-best team in the history of men’s college basketball.
Here is the explanation from SLAM on the background of the selection:
The Fab Five’s second—and last—season together featured overwhelming star power. Michigan finished second in the Big Ten with a 15-3 conference mark and needed overtime wins against UCLA and Kentucky to reach the final against North Carolina. Forward Chris Webber’s ill-fated timeout call (when the Wolverines had none left) was a key part of the 77-71 loss. But the legacy of Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson is substantial.
ROSTER · Jason Bossard · Leon Derricks · Sean Dobbins · Dugan Fife · Ricky Guzman · Juwan Howard · Ray Jackson · Jimmy King · Rob Pelinka · Eric Riley · Jalen Rose · Michael Talley · James Voskuil · Chris Webber ·
SLAM also gave the teams a rating on its versatility index, which accounted for how each team stands the test of time when measured up across eras. The Fab Five’s swan song season comes in rated 90 out of 100.
The full men’s list from SLAM and SB Nation can be found here, while the top 50 women’s teams of all time can be found following this link.