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Eighth-seeded Michigan tries for similar upset of Stanford like the Wolverines volleyball team

The Michigan women's basketball players are close pals with the Wolverines volleyball team — the group that traveled West in December and reached the Final Four by ending Stanford's season.

Kim Barnes Arico's underdog, senior-led group is seeking a similar upset Tuesday night, when the eighth-seeded Wolverines (22-10) face top-seeded Stanford (32-2) on its home court in Maples Pavilion for a place in the Spokane Regional semifinals Saturday.

Barnes Arico is plenty familiar with the Cardinal, who routed her St. John's team 75-49 in a surprisingly lopsided second-round loss at Maples two years ago.

And the task this time is just as daunting. Stanford has won 18 straight games, is 27-4 at home in the NCAA tournament and riding a seven-game unbeaten run on its own floor in tournament play.