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Martin, Robinson put friendship on line briefly as Michigan-Tennessee meet in Midwest Regional

  • Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin watches his team during practice for the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal college basketball tournament game Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Indianapolis. Tennessee plays Michigan on Friday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin watches his team during practice for the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal college basketball tournament game Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Indianapolis. Tennessee plays Michigan on Friday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tennessee's Quinton Chievous dunks during practice for the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal college basketball tournament game Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Indianapolis. Tennessee plays Michigan on Friday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Tennessee's Quinton Chievous dunks during practice for the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal college basketball tournament game Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Indianapolis. Tennessee plays Michigan on Friday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tennessee players warm up during practice for their NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal college basketball tournament game Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Indianapolis. Tennessee plays Michigan on Friday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Tennessee players warm up during practice for their NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal college basketball tournament game Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Indianapolis. Tennessee plays Michigan on Friday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin has been keeping tabs on Michigan star Glenn Robinson III for two decades.

On Friday night, in Indianapolis, his turning that job over to his players in the Midwest Regional semifinals at Indianapolis. The winner advances to Sunday's regional championship against either Kentucky or Louisville, the last two national champs.

For Martin, this weekend has turned into a reunion of sorts. He's back in his adopted home state, taking on the son of one of his close college friends.

But now Martin must come up with a way to derail Robinson and deny the Wolverines (27-8) a chance to go to their second straight Final Four.

Tennessee (24-12), which was struggling in February, has rebounded with eight wins in nine games.