Michigan Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Kansas in Sweet 16 Showdown

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Michigan Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Kansas in Sweet 16 Showdown
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What will Mitch McGary need to do to help Michigan take down Kansas?

The fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines appear to have returned to midseason form and will take on the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks in their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1994. The two will meet up in the first South region semifinal this Friday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex. 

Michigan appears to have solved some of its defensive issues in its first two NCAA tournament wins, but taking on the Jayhawks' large, physical frontcourt will be no easy task.

The Wolverines are coming off impressive routs of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits and VCU Rams in the opening rounds. 

Meanwhile, Kansas failed to put away the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers until the closing minutes of its round of 64 matchup. The Jayhawks also trailed the eighth-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels by nine points at halftime before pulling away in the second frame for a third-round victory.

Head coach John Beilein's group needs to execute the following five keys in order to make its first Elite Eight in 19 years.

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