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INDIANAPOLIS --- It's dramatic irony in the Elite 8. Kentucky's starting lineup of freshmen against Michigan, the school that started the original Fab Five 1992.
These Wildcats were a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior season away from even being born in 1992 (man, I feel old).
UK center Dakari Johnson was able to name four of the Fab Five players (Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, and Jimmy King...he missed Ray Jackson). That was more players than most of the Wildcats could name in Michigan's current starting lineup (they were at least well versed on Big 10 Player of the Year Nik Stauskas).
Julius Randle used the word "trendsetters" to describe what he thought of the Fab Five.
Aaron Harrison said during Kentucky's media session Saturday the Fab Five meant representing more than just basketball to him. "I think they changed the game of basketball with their style. The shoes and the shorts and stuff. I think they had a bigger impact on the world other than basketball."
The original Fab Five lost in the NCAA championship game to Duke in 1992 (Michigan's appearance was later vacated).
Is Kentucky Cinderella? No. They were at worst a top-10 team, even if you disagreed with UK's preseason #1 ranking. But against late-season odds, Kentucky is now just two wins away from getting to that final game...just like the Fab Five.
Against the Odds:
Kentucky had 45-1 odds before the start of the round of 64 Thursday to win the national championship in Las Vegas. After beating Wichita State, the Cats dropped to 20-1. Now, after beating Louisville, UK is the 4th choice to win it all at 6-1 odds (behind Florida, Michigan State, and Arizona).
John Calipari & starting 5 press conference - CLICK HERE
Dakari Johnson - CLICK HERE
Aaron Harrison - CLICK HERE