Michigan vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview

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Michigan vs. Kansas: Full Game Preview
(10) Michigan
(28-7, 5-5 away)
(3) Kansas
(31-5, 16-1 home)
Venue: Cowboys Stadium
7:37PM ET / 4:37PM PT, March 29, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Michigan T Burke 18.8 M McGary 5.9 T Burke 6.7
Kansas B McLemore 15.8 J Withey 8.5 E Johnson 4.7

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

In their last game on Mar. 23, Mitch McGary put up 21 points and 14 rebounds as the Wolverines ran it up on Virginia Commonwealth 78-53. A crucial part of the team, he leads the way with 5.9 rebounds per game and 0.6 blocks per game. For the Jayhawks, Jeff Withey finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds in the 70-58 win over North Carolina on Mar. 24. With 8.5 rebounds per game and 3.9 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. When considering the Four Factors, Kansas performs well in effective field goal percentage at 53.2. This ranks second in the conference and 27th in the country.

Kansas StatSmack

  • The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, field goals made, free throws made, and assists are in the Big Ten.
  • Michigan has an average margin of victory of 14 over Kansas in three wins since 1980.
  • The Big Ten has had one more Final Four team than the Big 12 over the past 5 years.
  • The Big Ten has a much better average team RPI than the Big 12 (65 vs. 89).
  • The Big Ten has a stronger schedule this year compared to the Big 12 (No. 1 vs. No. 5).
  • The Michigan steals leader (Trey Burke, 51 steals) has more steals than the Kansas steals leader (Travis Releford, 39 steals).
  • The worst team in the Big Ten has a much higher RPI than the worst team in the Big 12 (No. 176 vs. No. 233).
  • The Big Ten has a conference RPI that is better than the Big 12 (No. 2 vs. No. 5).
  • Kansas has to pay up to win. The coach for Michigan has a much lower base salary than Kansas ($1,600,000 vs. $3,375,656).
  • The Big Ten has 2 teams - Indiana (41.8 percent) and Michigan (38.6 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the Big 12 leader, Iowa State (37.4 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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