I was a senior at Michigan that semester. My friend and I found a large black lab mix wandering around South Forest on our way back to my apartment to watch the Thursday night games. He (the dog) seemed friendly but stupid. The two of us couldn't get him to come inside, but when my roommate appeared at the front door, the dog followed him like an old friend. After placing several calls and leaving messages, we learned that the dog's owner was a fraternity brother who was in Milwaukee as a member of the UM cheer squad. We had a fun evening with the dog, who enjoyed the cooked meat we fed him and liked lounging on the couch with my roommate, until we were finally able to reach someone at the frat who sent a few pledges over to retrieve him.
But I digress. Michigan, the 7 seed, lost the opening game on Friday night to 10 Texas, this year's 7 seed and a possible opponent in our second game.
Maceo Baston had a busy night: 9-12 from the field and 5-7 from the line, 23 points, 15 rebounds (7 off, 8 def) but also six turnovers. We outrebounded Texas 46-33, both teams shot the ball poorly, we lost 80-76. That must have been a frustrating team for Fisher to coach, with Maurice Taylor, Albert White, and Willie Mitchell on the roster.
Other notable coaches in that region in 1996:
Rick Pitino (coached eventual champ Kentucky)
Rick Majerus (Utah)
Tim Floyd (Iowa State)
Denny Crum (Louisville)
Tom Penders (Texas)
Todd Bozeman (Cal)
Dave Odom (at the zenith of his Wake Forest career)
John Beilein (Canisus)