Fans on University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus celebrate trip to National Championship

Maize and blue faithful feeling confident

ANN ARBOR, Mich (WXYZ) - Even a Final Four berth wasn't a big enough draw to clear out the Crisler Center for a public watch party Saturday night. The arena was already booked for another event.

But at the student union, getting to the National Championship was priority #1.

It's been two decades since Michigan hit the Final Four hardwood—A year before freshman Julia Kortberg was even born.

"Oh, my gosh, we're on fire," said Kortberg, "Everybody's dressed up in the maize and blue. Whole city."

The watch party at the Michigan Union was for students, which begs the question--Does anyone here even remember the Fab Five?

"I'm 19," said Kortberg, "So no."

"Actually I was living here in Ann Arbor when the Fab Five was going on." said recent U of M grad Oliver Chang, "I was a little kid, 8-years-old, but I still remember. In fact, when I see these [current players] on the bus and stuff, I still think wow!"

Still cheering his Wolverines, '82 alum Hank Tremaine says the energy this time around feels just as nice.  

"Every few years we get a good team up," said Tremaine, "And here we are bringing back a lot of memories from way back. And it's great."

The University says it plans to hold a public watch party come Monday night for the National Championship matchup against Louisville.

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