Michigan coach John Beilein had his team ready to go against two mid-majors opponents in its first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
But the Wolverines won't be the favorites in Arlington, Texas.
After convincing, double-digit victories against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits and the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, the South Region's No. 4 seed Michigan Wolverines face the No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks on Friday in the Sweet 16.
Bill Self's team already has a big-time basketball program on the list of wins. The Jayhawks are coming off a 70-58 victory against a young North Carolina Tar Heels team in the round of 32. Kansas held UNC to 30-percent shooting from the field and got a big game from center Jeff Withey, who grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked five shots to set the tone.
Michigan can only hope that potential top-five NBA draft pick Ben McLemore remains quiet. He went 0-for-9 for two points for Kansas in their last game and hasn't scored above his season average of 15.8 points per game since March 14 against Texas Tech.
And for the Wolverines, getting another strong game out of freshman big man Mitch McGary will be key to keep the Jayhawks from dominating the boards as they did against North Carolina. McGary scored 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting while grabbing 11 rebounds for Michigan against VCU on Saturday. His performance could go a long way if point guard Trey Burke won't be able to score via penetration against the shot-blocking Withey, who will be manning the paint.
Time: 7:37 p.m. ET
Location: Arlington, Texas