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).