Bob Knight takes shots at Michigan's Fab Five, saying 'they never won anything'
At 20-1, the 2012-13 Wolverines have drawn comparisons to Michigan's famous -- and often criticized -- group of freshmen who took the college basketball world by storm in the early 1990s.
The Fab Five captivated the country and created controversy at the same time. The group is still talked about as one of the greatest recruiting classes college basketball has ever seen.
Most were impressed, some were wowed.
Former Indiana coach -- and current ESPN analyst -- Bob Knight? Well, he never saw the point.
"I'm not sure what the Fab Five was," Knight said Thursday during an ESPN broadcast of an Alabama-Arkansas game. "They never won anything.
"They never won a championship, they didn't get anywhere, they got beat."
Shortly after ESPN showed a promotion for Saturday's matchup between No. 1 Michigan and No. 3 Indiana in Bloomington's Assembly Hall, play-by-play man Rece Davis began to offer a historical perspective on how long it'd been since Michigan had reached the No. 1 spot in a national poll.
And, naturally, the Fab Five's 1992-93 team -- which began the year as the preseason No. 1 -- came up.
Knight, as is often the case these days, was not impressed.
"Fab indicates, to me, that you've won something," Knight said.
The Michigan five-man group of Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Jimmy King, Juwan Howard and Ray Jackson went a combined 55-13 from 1991-93. They made two NCAA tournament championship games, but lost both times.
They never won a Big Ten championship either.
"I've never been able to understand what 'Fab' was," he added. "It wasn't championships, I always knew that."
Of course, Michigan's 1991-92 and '92-93 seasons have since been vacated due to Webber's involvement in the Ed Martin recruiting scandal.
But, Knight still saw the bunch in its entirety a total of four times when he was at Indiana.
He went 3-1 in those games.
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