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Michigan in Sweet 16 for 1st time since 1994, facing perennial qualifier and top-seeded Kansas

Michigan coach John Beilein (BEE'-line) briefly lost track of how long it's been since the Wolverines reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.

Sixteen years, he said. No, 18. Wait. 19.

He was right the third time, but here's how to make it a little simpler. The Fab Five era of the early 1990s was the last time the No. 4 seed Wolverines (28-7) made it this far.

For top-seeded Kansas (31-5) -- the opponent in the South Regional semifinals Friday night -- Fab Five means something more like five trips at least this far in the past six NCAA tournaments, not to mention a championship in 2008 and another appearance in the title game last year.