No.1-Seeded Kansas (31-5) and No. 4-Seeded Michigan (28-7) Face Off in Sweet Sixteen

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NCAA Tournament 4th Round



1ST2ND OT TOTAL SPREAD
  #4 Michigan 34 42 11 87 +2.0
  #1 Kansas 40 36 9 85 -2.0
Fri, Mar 29 2013, 07:37 PM CDT

Cowboys Stadium
Arlington, TX
TV: TBS

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No. 1-seeded Kansas squares off against No. 4-seeded Michigan in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Tournament at Cowboys Stadium on Friday. Tipoff is at 7:37 p.m. ET. The Jayhawks are 2-0 against the Wolverines over the last four years. The last time they played they won 67-60 on Jan. 9, 2011.

In a 70-58 win over North Carolina on Mar. 24, Travis Releford put up 22 points and eight rebounds for the Jayhawks. He tallies 11.8 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.3 steals per game. For the Wolverines, Mitch McGary finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds in the 78-53 blowout of Virginia Commonwealth on Mar. 23. He leads the team in rebounds with 5.9 per game and blocks with 0.6 per game. Michigan can be found near the top of the conference standings in the following categories: turnover percentage at 14.4 and effective field goal percentage at 55.0.

StatSmack! Kansas is better than Michigan
  • Kansas players are more experienced than Michigan players (14,366 minutes played vs. 13,152 minutes played).
  • A for effort, but Kansas has emerged victorious against Michigan the last two times they've played.
  • The Big 12 has 2 teams - Oklahoma (76.0 percent) and Oklahoma State (74.8 percent) - that shoot a better free throw percentage than the Big Ten leader, Indiana (74.3 percent).
  • The Kansas basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Michigan (80 percent vs. 36 percent).
MICH Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A+ Trey Burke 35 19 3 7 2 0 2
A- G. Robinson III 33 11 5 1 1 0 1
A- Tim Hardaway Jr 34 15 5 2 1 1 2
B+ Nik Stauskas 31 12 3 1 1 0 1
B Mitch McGary 17 6 5 0 1 1 1
C+ Jordan Morgan 18 5 5 0 1 0 1
C Jon Horford 9 2 2 0 0 1 1
C Caris LeVert 12 3 1 1 0 0 0
C- Spike Albrecht 7 1 1 1 0 0 0
C- Max Bielfeldt 6 1 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Blake McLimans 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Eso Akunne 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Matt Vogrich 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Corey Person 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
KU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Jeff Withey 31 14 9 1 1 4 2
A Ben McLemore 32 16 5 2 1 1 2
B+ Travis Releford 33 12 4 3 1 0 2
B Kevin Young 23 8 7 1 1 1 1
B Elijah Johnson 31 10 3 5 1 0 3
C+ Perry Ellis 13 5 4 0 0 0 1
C+ Naadir Tharpe 19 5 2 3 1 0 1
C Jamari Traylor 10 2 2 0 1 1 1
C- Evan Manning 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ A. White III 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
D+ Tyler Self 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Niko Roberts 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Rio Adams 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Justin Wesley 4 0 1 0 0 0 0

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 1Kansas 25-10 14-4
2 Oklahoma 23-10 12-6
3 Iowa State 28-8 11-7
3 Texas 24-11 11-7
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6 Baylor 26-12 9-9
6 West Virginia 17-16 9-9
8 Oklahoma State 21-13 8-10
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#34 Perry Ellis So F 6-8 225
#21 Joel Embiid Fr C 7-0 250
#23 Conner Frankamp Fr G 6-0 165
#15 C. Garrett Jr G 6-3 185
#14 Brannen Greene Fr G 6-7 215
#33 Landen Lucas Fr F 6-10 240
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#0 Frank Mason Fr G 5-11 185
#42 H. Mickelson Jr F 6-10 245
#20 Niko Roberts Sr G 5-11 175
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#11 Tyler Self So G 6-2 165
#10 Naadir Tharpe Jr G 5-11 170
#31 Jamari Traylor So F 6-8 220
#4 Justin Wesley Sr F 6-9 220
#3 A. White III So G 6-6 210
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