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School Yourself on Michigan's NCAA Title Game History

The Wolverines are hoping to party like it's 1989.

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Monday night's meeting with Villanova marks Michigan's sixth appearance in the NCAA championship game, but it's been 28 years since the Wolverines won their first and only NCAA title. Here's a refresher course...

1965: No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 2 UCLA NCAA Photos via Getty Images 1965: No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 2 UCLA Led by consensus All-Americans Cazzie Russell and Bill Buntin, the Wolverines blew by Princeton — and Player of the Year Bill Bradley — 93-76 to advance to their first-ever title game, setting up a showdown with defending champion UCLA and their iconic head coach John Wooden. Behind 42 points from Gail Goodrich, the Bruins soared to a 91-80 victory and their second-straight NCAA title. 1976: No. 9 Michigan vs. No. 1 Indiana James Drake/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images 1976: No. 9 Michigan vs. No. 1 Indiana After downing No. 4 Rutgers behind 20 points and 16 rebounds by junior center John Robinson, the Wolverines took on the undefeated Indiana Hoosiers in the title game at The Spectrum in Philadelphia. Michigan took a 35-29 lead into the half, but the Hoosiers outscored them by 24 points in the second frame to win 86-68, giving legendary head coach Bobby Knight the first of his three NCAA championships. 1989: No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 3 Seton Hall John W. McDonough/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images 1989: No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 3 Seton Hall Returning to the Final Four after a 24-year-drought, the Wolverines squeaked by No. 1 Illinois in the semifinal before facing Seton Hall in the title game. In one of the most memorable title games in NCAA Tournament history, senior Glen Rice scored 31 points and Rumeal Robinson hit two clutch free throws in the final seconds of overtime to secure an 80-79 victory and give the school its first national title. 1992: No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 1 Duke NCAA Photos via Getty Images 1992: No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 1 Duke Two words: Fab Five. In one of the most hyped Final Fours in history, Michigan's all-freshman lineup, led by Chris Webber and Jalen Rose, were enough to get by Cincinatti in the semifinal, but couldn't contain Duke — led by player of the year Christian Laettner — in the title game, losing 71-51 to the defending national champions. 1993: No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 1 North Carolina David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images 1993: No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 1 North Carolina The Fab Five returned to the Final Four, this time as a top seed. Chris Webber scored 27 points in the semifinal to edge No. 1 Kentucky 81-78 in overtime, but he'd be remembered more for his ill-fated timeout call in the Wolverines' 77-71 loss to No. 1 North Carolina. 2013: No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 1 Louisville Andy Lyons/Getty Images 2013: No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 1 Louisville After beating fellow four-seed Syracuse in the semifinal, the Wolverines took a 31-7 record into the national final against No. 1 Louisville. Led by 22 points from Luke Hancock, the Cardinals won 82-76, squashing Michigan's hopes of taking home their first national championship in 24 years.
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