Thursday, March 28, 2013
Kansas and Michigan fans are setting their expectations for the teams' Sweet 16 match-up in Arlington, Texas, Friday night.
Naturally, who those fans expect to win depends on who they plan to root for, but fans of both teams expect to see some excellent basketball inside Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
"It's going to be a great game," said Michigan fan David Rodriguez.
Rodriguez and his son were watching the Wolverines' open practice Thursday afternoon. He thinks Michigan matches up well against Kansas and that the Wolverines can do well if they can score often enough.
"And they're going to have to work hard on (Jeff) Withey inside," Rodriguez said. "He poses a little bit of a problem."
Fans of the Wolverines are hoping their team makes a run to the Final Four, but they're cautious about that optimism.
"Kansas is going to be tough," Michigan fan Chris Bierlein said. "And the other game ought to be interesting, too."
That other game is a match-up between third-seeded Florida and Florida Gulf Coast, the 15th seed in the bracket and the team grabbing the nation's attention with its run to the Sweet 16.
However, Kansas and Michigan take the stage in Arlington first and KU fans are pretty sure the Jayhawks can handle the Wolverines.
"Michigan matches up well with Kansas," Dennis Shroeder, a KU alumnus who lives in the Dallas area, said. "Our probably best advantage is Withey in the middle. If he can stay out of foul trouble, he'll probably win it for us. If they put two good halves together, which has been kind of rare this year, they'll tear them up."
Kansas struggling to be consistent in both halves of games this season has some fans on edge heading into Friday's game.
"I didn't have a good feeling earlier in the week, but as we get a little bit closer to game time, I'm feeling really good about it," said KU fan Loren Jantz.
Jayhawk fans said they are confident their team will be moving on from Friday's contest.
"I think the Jayhawks are going all the way and I look forward to seeing that," said Bruce Hrabek.
It will become a little more clear whose predictions will hold true at 6:37 p.m. Friday. That's when the Jayhawks and Wolverines are scheduled to tip-off inside Dallas Cowboys Stadium.