April 5 is a day that stings with a lot of Michigan fans worldwide. It was this day back in 1993 that will forever live in college basketball infamy.
24 years ago today, North Carolina edged Michigan to win the National Championship in the game best known for Chris Webber's timeout call pic.twitter.com/C19dU4n2UY
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Michigan and North Carolina play tonight at 7:30 ET on ESPN.
It is their first meeting since the 1993 NCAA Championship Game won by North Carolina.
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Former Michigan big man and famed ‘Fab Five’ member Chris Webber called a late-game timeout that his team did not have in the 1993 National Championship Game against North Carolina.
The Wolverines trailed just 73-71 with under 20 seconds to go in the game. Webber grabbed down a rebound and committed a blatant traveling call that was missed. Thinking about getting up the floor and setting up a play, Webber hurried to the corner and called for timeout — only to learn his team did not have any remaining in the game.
Requesting the timeout when not having any left resulted in two technical foul free throws for North Carolina. After sinking both freebies, the Tar Heels converted on two more after a Michigan foul, and eventually wrapped up what was at the time their third men’s basketball title in program history.
Amazingly, this will be the first meeting since that iconic and infamous moment in 1993. In those 24 years, Michigan has reached the NCAA Tournament 11 times, but it’s a span that that includes a 10-year absence in the dance from 1999-2008. Out of those 11 tournament appearances, Michigan reached at least the Sweet 16 four times, the most successful of which was in 2013 when they finished as the national runner-up to eventual champion Louisville.
North Carolina meanwhile has missed the tournament just three times since beating Michigan in the 1993 title game. They’ve added three more national championships since then as well, most recently in April of 2017.
It still remains unknown if someone on the bench screamed at Webber to call the timeout and it triggered him to do so, but it will forever be one of the most iconic moments in sports history, let alone college hoops.
Webber finished with a strong double-double performance, 23 points and 11 rebounds.