To be clear on the criteria, not Top 5 Michigan wins of all time, but overall games. You can go as far back as you want (I don’t remember shit before 89), and the general criteria is just overall badass-ness of the game along with aesthetic and historical significance.
1. Michigan v. Duke 1991 - There was something notably insidious about the realization of how good those kids were that really snuck up on you mid-way second half. The Rose to King alley-oop may be my favorite Michigan play off all time. That was truly college basketball’s golden years, at least on the court.
2. Michigan v. Kansas 2013 - What is most remarkable about this game somewhat is that Kansas was all they were cracked up to be. We trailed this entire game with a high lead of 14(!) for Kansas in the second half. In some ways, Burke’s shot was one of the most improbable game tying/winning shots I’ve ever seen. This game was a heart-attack from the tip.
3. Michigan v. Kentucky 1993 - “Oh I guess we make free throws now.” A sloppy second half to this season became a Picasso painting of immense beauty in a full force celebration of NBA talent. Webber and Mashburn were so good it was crazy, and Rose made it clear who the “actual coach” of that team was in a brilliant performance.
4. Michigan v. Louisville 2013 - I don’t want to talk about it.
5. Michigan v. Seton Hall 1989- There was a feeling of inevitability about this game. (Despite the heart-pounding ending). Michigan and Illinois were probably the best teams in the country and they had settled it two days earlier, but this was a great game and really deserved the Top 5 because it is the only time in my lifetime that we have “closed the deal.”
What are some of your favorites?