Thursday, March 10, 2011

March Madness all around

If you are a fan of NCAA hoops and March Madness, this is your weekend.

Not only do we have the conclusion of all the big college basketball tournaments and Selection Sunday, there are two documentaries debuting this weekend.

For anyone who grew up during the early 1990s, you are in store for a treat.

HBO's "Running Rebels of UNLV" debuts Saturday. I was lucky to get my hands on the DVD for an advance screening, and it's excellent.

A day later, ESPN's "The Fab Five" will air at 9 p.m. on Sunday after the network's NCAA hoops talking heads dissect the brackets. "The Fab Five" looks like a must-see, simply because Chris Webber, Jalen Rose and Co. changed college basketball forever with their brash talk, baggy pants and fine play.

UNLV, with Larry Johnson, Greg Anthony and Co. weren't slouches either. Unfortunately, the two programs in their prime just missed each other. The Fab Five arrived in Ann Arbor, Mich., a year after Johnson, Anthony and the rest left UNLV.

That begs the question: Who would have won, the Fab Five or Johnson's Running Rebels? A close friend and I had a spirited discussion. He said UNLV would roll the Fab Five. I say no way. The Wolverines would hang with the Rebels. I'm not sure U of M would win, but it would be a contest.

College basketball fans can only wonder, but the two documentaries are proof no one will ever forget about either team.

Get out the chips, dip and refreshments college hoops junkies. This is your weekend.

- Mark Podolski


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