Top-seeded Kansas of the South Region are set to take on fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines on Friday, at 6:37 p.m. central time. The game will be televised by TBS. The Wolverines enter the game at 28-7 on the season, while Kansas holds a 31-5 mark.
Michigan has enjoyed a great season per expectations that saw them reach the number one ranking only to lose the spot in one week. Michigan opened the season with 16 straight wins only to lose to Ohio State on Jan. 13th in Columbus. The Wolverines earned revenge on Feb. 5th after losing to Indiana, by taking out the the Buckeyes in overtime. An two game losing streak would then occur to Wisconsin and Michigan State. The Wolverines remaining losses came to Penn State, Indiana, and Wisconsin in the Big 10 tournament.
The Wolverines are led by point guard Trey Burke, who is averaging 19 points, three rebounds and seven assists per game. Tim Hardaway Jr. is second on the team in averaging 15 points, five rebounds and two assists. Third and fourth on the team in scoring are Nick Stauskas and Glenn Robinson Jr., who both average 11 points. Freshman forward Mitch McGary has come along this season, including a stand-out performance vs VCU, that saw him score 21 points and pull down 14 rebounds. On the season, McGary is averaging seven points and six rebounds.
The Jayhawks will need to be on top of their game from the start as Michigan is on a roll. Senior leaders Jeff Withey, Kevin Young, Travis Releford and Elijah Johnson want to set the tone early on and slow this high-powered Wolverines offense down built around guards, now adding a new facet in McGary. The winner of this game faces either Florida or Florida Gulf-Coast.