29 Years Ago and Today + Predictions

Submitted by xtramelanin on April 2nd, 2018 at 10:02 AM


29 years ago our beloved Wolverines played in the Championship game and won it.  The game was in Seattle in the now-demolished (wise move) Kingdome.  The Michigan games were fantastic.  We beat a tremendously talented Illinios team 83-81, and of course faced Seton Hall in the final game.  They were a well coached and tough team, led by an Austrailian named Andrew Gaze, a 3 point specialist (someone please google this to see if I am remembering this correctly). who was sure to figure into the outcome.  

As to the final game itself, Michigan prevailed 80-79.  For those of us who were alive, whether you were in Seatlle or not, Rumeal Robinson shot a 1-and-1 free throw with seconds left.  We were down by a point....and he sank them both.  Talk about ice in your veins.  

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Before the game we were in a bar across from the Kingdome and I started a poll of the patrons - questions like how many points will Glen Rice score, how many 3 pointers for SH's Andrew Gaze, and of course, who will win and by what score.  The polls skewed heavily Michigan, even in Seattle.  

So with a nod to the thread below, lets make some predictions.   

1.  Is Moe going to show up and dominate?

2.  Are MAAR and Z going to rebound from Saturday's poor shooting?

3.  How many 3's will Nova attempt, and how many go in? 

3.  Who wins, what score?

Go Blue!


thanks to GRBlue for the edit



April 2nd, 2018 at 10:10 AM ^

Even better numbering:

1.  Is Moe going to show up and dominate?

Hell yes! I'm calling 21 pts, 11 boards, 3 assists

2.  Are MAAR and Z going to rebound from Saturday's poor shooting?

MAAR will, and that will eliminate the need for Z to do more than focus on his D and finding openings in Nova's D.

3.  How many 3's will Nova attempt, and how many go in? 

They will attempt 29, and they will make 10.

3.  Who wins, what score?

Michigan over Nova



April 2nd, 2018 at 10:55 AM ^

I made the mistake of telling one of the people I was partying with in Ann Arbor (my junior year) that Rumeal “is not a good free throw shooter”. He proceeded to hang me out the 3rd floor window upside down and said something like “ you better hope he makes these or I’m dropping you”.

I don’t think he really would have done it but I am thankful for many reasons that Rumeal made the shots. I then proceeded to South U and ended up with a souvenir piece of the stoplight that was torn down.

A great night. I will be watching tonight from the comfort of my couch.


April 2nd, 2018 at 10:16 AM ^

Mo will have an average game, hitting for 16 pts and 6 boards.  But he'll hold his own defensively, too, so a good game overall.

MAAR will shoot okay, Z will be all defense and a few knifing drive layups.  Wagner and Robinson will shoot well, but not necessarily lights out - until late.  Matthews will continue his MVP stylings.

Nova will throw up 20 3's, making 7-8.  The 3-pt defense will frustrate them into launching contested 28-footers.  They hit those, more power to them...

Michigan gets the lead late, with 2 minutes or so left, and holds on for the win because of game-closing FT points.  74-66

Blue in PA

April 2nd, 2018 at 10:30 AM ^

I had just gotten to my first duty station, Ft. Hood, TX.


Michigan won the NCAA Championship and a couple months later the Pistons swept the Lakers.


'89 was a great basketball year.



Naked Bootlegger

April 2nd, 2018 at 10:38 AM ^

Still get chills watching those FT's go in.  

Fun fact:  I arrived on UM's campus as a student during fall 1989, the fall semester after Michigan's 1989 basketball championship.   

Fun fact 2:  My daughter arrives on UM's campus next fall.

Conclusion:  UM wins the championship tonight.


Naked Bootlegger

April 2nd, 2018 at 10:59 AM ^

I hesitated posting these facts since pundits and Vegas bettors were not privy to this information.   But now it's public, so please adjust your expectations and wagers accordingly. 

Unassailable logic predicts a Michigan victory tonight, hopefully on two Zavier Simpson FT's in the waning seconds.


April 2nd, 2018 at 10:59 AM ^

In 89 we rolled into Ann arbor with a light rain watched UM beat a team from Illinois to advance to the finals and win. This year rolled into Ann Arbor in a light rain watched UM beat a team from Illinois once again to advance to the finals and will once again return to Ann Arbor to see history repeats itself with a win over Villanova. Stars are lining up.

Mike Damone

April 2nd, 2018 at 12:58 PM ^

had less than 3 seconds on the clock to get a play off after their timeout.  But we were smart, and put Terry Mills w his long arms and jumping ability on their guy inbounding.  Seton Hall got inbound pass downcourt, but they had two guys kind of fighting to grab the pass, and the long 3 pointer was off balance and not even close.

Can never remember being so happy w a missed shot in my life.

What a terrific run that was.  Some days that felt like yesterday, others a century ago.

Let's get another title under our belts tonight - Go Blue!

Bando Calrissian

April 2nd, 2018 at 10:54 AM ^

Can't watch replays of that game without thinking about one of Seton Hall's other standout players, Ramon Ramos, who was critically injured in an auto accident ten days after he began his NBA career in Portland in 1989. Never even played an NBA minute, and was left with permanent brain damage. Just awful.

Blue In NC

April 2nd, 2018 at 11:28 AM ^

Still remember that night being crammed in a room at West Quad with about 30 other guys, people stacked everywhere.  And then elation and running into the streets down to South U to celebrate.  Oh what a night...


April 2nd, 2018 at 1:12 PM ^

was in SQuad that night, and I too wanted to murder said fire alarm puller. Sprinted through the Union over to my dorm, Barbour, and discovered I had left without my keys, and everyone was downstairs watching the game. So I crawled in the window well and pounded on the window until someone came and let us in.

Went the next night to Crisler for the welcome back rally, and got to a Chem exam like 20 minutes late. Scored 20 out of 100. Didn't care.

FWIW, the night of the Illinois game there was also a VanHalen concert at the Palace. Was there for the concert, but they played the game on the jumbotron, and VanHalen delayed their concert until the end of the game. Epic.


April 2nd, 2018 at 11:46 AM ^

1.  Is Moe going to show up and dominate?

show up, yes; have a solid but not dominating game

2.  Are MAAR and Z going to rebound from Saturday's poor shooting?

yes, MAAR especially

3.  How many 3's will Nova attempt, and how many go in? 

they'll attempt about 22 and convert just under 30%

4.  Who wins, what score?

I'm too superstitious to let myself answer this question


April 2nd, 2018 at 11:50 AM ^

My Nephew was born at the exact moment Rumeal Robinson made the winning FT's.My Sister's last name started with an R,her first 2 sons initials were R.R. I BEGGED her to name my new Nephew Rumeal Robinson R. She refused but I called that kid Rumeal for 2 years but the nick name never caught on.Happy Birthday "Rumeal' R. on Tuesday which I hope will be a day of celebrating a National Championship.


April 2nd, 2018 at 11:50 AM ^

I was 10 years old, and that year was a dream to be a basketball fan. Michigan basketball, the Pistons, you name it. Friends and I would congregate at basketball hoops in driveways with 8-foot hoops shooting mini-basketballs. We'd play one-on-one, two-on-two. We'd just shoot around. We'd imitate the PA announcer, calling ourselves "Joe... DUUUUUUUUUUUUUMAAARS" and so-on. 

The whole tournament run was epic. Hanging on every game. The North Carolina game, a team that to a 10-year-old seemed an implacable barrier to success given the losses in the last two years, going through.

So when Michigan beat Illinois, my mom figured it would be good to let me stay up, even on a school night. But I had to "rest," at least an attempt at a nap, for an hour in the afternoon.

I got home from school. Totally jacked. The afternoon-delivery Ann Arbor News was there. The top space, always reserved to highlight content in the rest of the paper, was replaced with a blue banner, a picture of Glen Rice, and the words "GO BLUE" written in giant yellow letters.

I gave the nap a college try. One hour staring at a wall. Sleep wasn't happening

The game was soooo tense. Terrifying. I ran out of the room several times. When Rumeal was fouled. I ran out of the room. I came back. He made the first shot. I ran out of the room again. Came back. He made it. 

Delight. Sports. Wonderful.


April 2nd, 2018 at 12:04 PM ^

according to the experts, and experts seem to be even more wrong than right now days. I was there in 89 and I'd be surprised if we had 15,000 fans in attendance, since the run was unexpected and Seattle was a haul back in the caveman days as my kids like to tell me.

Whomever plays better perimeter defense tonight will win. I think we can do it but need a Spike like shooting performance from MAAR or Robinson.

Hopefully there will be a massive party on South University in 12 hours. What a great and much needed, uplifting run this team has been on for our university.

edit: I nearly passed out twice in the Illinois game and only once in the final minutes of against Seton Hall. The first half of Loyola was almost as bad, but I'm remarkably calm now.



April 2nd, 2018 at 12:39 PM ^

The phone rings and I pick it up.  A good friend from work was calling to make sure I wasn't too stressed out and that I should immediately get a beer.  The beer worked.  Yes, that's right, beer vibrations from the Chicago area created a positive force in Seattle at just the right time.

I have an ample supply of beer for tonight.