3/17 Basketball jamming

Have you filled out your NCAA bracket yet? Cubs infielder Bobby Scales will take a pass, although he’ll be rooting for his MIchigan team. Their chances?

“I’m realistic,” Scales said Thursday.

Scales fell in love with the Wolverines in 1991. He and his father attended a first round NCAA Regional game in Atlanta between Michigan and Temple, and got last minute seats near the Wolverines bench. That’s when Michigan had the stellar Fab Five: Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. Scales can describe the first play of the game in detail, which was a slam dunk.

“I turned to my dad and said, ‘I’m going to Michigan,'” Scales said.

He’d been accepted at Northwestern and his father was hoping he’d go to Georgia Tech. But Scales fell in love with the Fab Five. And he still has his tickets from that game.

— Carrie Muskat

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