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Michigan to face Kansas in Cowboy Stadium Friday

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Number-one seed Kansas defeated North Carolina 70 -58 to move on to the Sweet Sixteen

Jamie Squire

North Carolina looked like it just might run away with things early, but Kansas fought back and built its way to a double digit win thanks to a game high 22 points from Travis Releford, as well as three other Jayhawks in double figures. Releford scored his points on just 13 shots, and he added eight rebounds against an over matched UNC team that only managed 30 rebounds to Kansas' 47.

Kansas wing Ben McLemore was held to just two points, both scored at the line, as all nine of his shots missed the mark, including six from deep. Jeff Withey feasted on the smaller UNC lineup, pulling down 16 rebounds to go along with his sixteen points. He even blocked five shots and dished out two assists. Have fun, Mitch.

While stylistically Michigan would have matched up well with North Carolina, Kansas is built in the same mode as some of the teams Michigan has had the most trouble with (long, athletic defenses with active rebounders) such as Ohio State, Michigan State, and Indiana. It will be a lot different than Michigan's last game against the small, swarming VCU Rams, but that comes with the territory.