Glen Rice, Rumeal Robinson on NCAA's 'March Madness' celebration list; Chris Webber, Fab Five omitted
ANN ARBOR -- As part of its season-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of "March Madness," the NCAA released a lengthy ballot Tuesday morning honoring some of the best players, teams and moments in the history of the NCAA Tournament.
There were a handful of Michigan mentions on the list, and a handful of others that seem to have been omitted.
Glen Rice, the 1989 NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and Michigan's current all-time leading scorer, was the only Wolverine named to the NCAA's list of the 75-best March Madness players.
Rice finished his Michigan career with 2,442 points, which is still a school record. His 184 points scored in Michigan's 1989 NCAA Tournament championship run is also still an NCAA record.
Also from 1989, former guard Rumeal Robinson was honored for creating one of the Top 35 moments in NCAA Tournament history, for hitting a pair of free throws with three seconds left in overtime to give the Wolverines their first -- and only -- NCAA championship with a victory over Seton Hall in the title game.
A handful of notable Michigan moments/teams/players were left off the list as well.
There was only one mention of anything from the Fab Five era, and that came during the blurb honoring North Carolina's 1993 title squad as one of the Top 25 teams in March Madness history, admitting that the Tar Heels' title game win is more often remembered for "Chris Webber's timeout call."
Webber averaged 19.2 points and 11.3 rebounds in the 1993 NCAA Tournament, but all his appearances have since been stricken from all record books due to school and NCAA sanctions -- as have Michigan's 1992 and 1993 Final Four appearances.
Other notable omissions for Michigan were players like Cazzie Russell, Rickey Green and Bill Buntin -- all of whom starred for Final Four teams with the Wolverines.
All lists were compiled by NCAA stat staffs, which consulted with select media partners and the United States Basketball Writers Association.
In January, fans will be able to vote for the 15 best players in NCAA Tournament history, the single greatest team and single greatest moment. The winners will be announced at the 2013 Final Four in Atlanta.
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