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By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The comparisons to the run Kansas made to last year's Final Four have already begun.
The Jayhawks, then a No. 2 seed, were pushed hard by No. 15 seed Detroit in their first game, and then were on the ropes against Purdue the next round just to survive the opening weekend.
This time around, Kansas is the No. 1 seed. The Jayhawks got a stiff challenge from No. 16 Western Kentucky on Friday night, and then dug out of a nine-point hole to knock off eighth-seeded North Carolina and advance to the regional semifinals.
The Jayhawks will face fourth-seeded Michigan on Friday night in Arlington, Texas, for the right to play in a regional final for the third straight season.

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