Michigan sees youth as an advantage against Kansas

ARLINGTON - A simple look at both rosters will tell the story of two different teams.

Knowing more about both Michigan and Kansas, and it's easy to tell: these are teams with very different makeups.

The Wolverines have had success driven by a young roster of freshmen and sophomores. The Jayhawks have a rare breed of seniors not seen in the game much anymore, with four seniors in their starting lineup.

"No one on this team has ever been to the Sweet 16, so experience-wise, we don't really have any," Nik Stauskas said.

"But us just being young and excited to be here, I think we'll rise up to the challenge."

Michigan hides nothing. What they lack in experience on paper, they make up for with the ultimate factor in today's college basketball world: talent.

Look no further than Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, who put together arguably their best two performances in the Wolverines first two tournament games.

"His understanding of what makes him a good player continues to grow," John Beilein said of McGary, who exploded for a career-high 21 points and 14 rebounds in Michigan's third round win over Virginia Commonwealth.

The fearless attitude leaves the players in the Wolverines locker room believing their youth is an advantage, and as Stauskas explained, low expectations against the higher-seeded Jayhawks works in their favor.

"We're comfortable out there. I think we're playing like we were in the beginning of the year," Trey Burke said.

"A lot of guys aren't thinking, just playing with confidence. I think we have a lot of momentum going into this game."

Beilein pointed out the last two games for his team were against teams with a significant experience edge, and in order for his group to get another win and advance, it comes down to poise.

"We have to do that again against (this) team with more experience, and more talent," he affirmed.

Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli .

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