Sunday afternoon Lucas Oil Stadium will showcase Kentucky-Michigan in the Elite Eight, winner advancing to the Final Four down in Dallas. The Wolverines look to return to the Final 4 as they lost in the title game last year against Louisville.
Michigan enters with a 28-8 record, 15-3 during Big 10 play. They are a team that likes to shoot as they somewhat lack in size. Currently shooting 48.1% from the field which is 21st in the Nation. On the rebounding aspect however, they rank 303rd nationally at 31.9 per game, one stat that will be very key to the winner.
The Wolverines are led by shooter Nik Stauskas who averages 17.3 points per game. Two other teammates average double-figures in Glenn Robinson III and Caris LeVert. This is a team that will use their bench as they want to get out and run with nine players averaging 14 minutes plus.
As for Kentucky, they look to return to the final four for the 3rd time in four years after a NIT appearance in 2013. They enter the game with a 27-10 record, 12-6 during SEC play.
It would seem they have found their shooting hands over the last month which will be much needed verse Michigan who could put up 80 points. Currently shooting 45% from the field but over 50% during the first three NCAA Tournament games.
On the rebounding aspect, UK grabs ten more a game versus Michigan at 41.3 which ranks 5th in the country. During the UK-UofL Sweet 16 game, UK out-rebounded the cards handily who matches up quite similar to MU.
As for the game, I do expect Kentucky to win as their size and talent will prevail. John Calipari has got his team to figure out what works and playing as a team is better than individuals. Also, after beating UofL in comeback style, I am not sure anyone can best them. Cats 68-62