Biggest Challenges Michigan Faces in NCAA Tourney Matchup vs. Tennessee

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Biggest Challenges Michigan Faces in NCAA Tourney Matchup vs. Tennessee
Jeffrey Phelps/Associated Press

The second-seeded Michigan Wolverines (27-8) have a very reasonable path to get to the Final Four.

They will have to get by 11th-seeded Tennessee (24-12) in the Sweet 16 and the winner between fourth-seeded Louisville and eighth-seeded Kentucky to get to San Antonio.

The biggest danger against Tennessee is overlooking the Volunteers. Tennessee has already won three games in the tournament, having beaten Iowa in the first round of the tournament in overtime before overwhelming Massachusetts and Mercer in its next two games.

While those were impressive performances, the Vols were a fourth-place team in the Southeastern Conference, so the tendency for John Beilein's team might be to look past them and be more concerned about Kentucky or Louisville in the Elite Eight game.

Beilein has to keep his team focused on the first step, or the Wolverines may not get to the second.

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