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A National Title Favorite Is In Trouble In The Elite Eight

A referee's outfit for an NCAA Tournament game.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 19: An NCAA patch is seen on a referee's shirt during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Hampton Pirates at the KFC YUM! Center on March 19, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Things have lined up for Michigan to make a run to the national championship. The Wolverines currently have the third best odds to win the whole thing at 7/2, per Vegas Insider.

However, first they need to get by No. 9 seed Florida State. That is proving to be a real struggle.

The Wolverines lead 27-26 in a defensive struggle of a first half. Michigan is shooting just 35-percent from the field and 22-percent from three.

Florida State's numbers are stronger, at 45-percent from the field and 37.5-percent from three. Michigan is making up the difference a bit from the free throw line, where they are 9-for-13. FSU has only taken five free throws, though it has made all of them.

The winner of this Michigan-Florida State game will face Loyola Chicago in the Final Four.

The Ramblers dominated Kansas State 78-62 in the early game. The South Region champions are heading to their first Final Four since 1963.

Many assumed that UM had a relatively easy road to the National Championship game. The Wolverines needed a buzzer beater to get by Houston, but the Sweet 16 restored a lot of faith in Michigan.

Michigan was absolutely on fire in the game against Texas A&M. Eight different players hit three pointers en route to a 99-72 win.

However, Florida State's size and depth is giving Michigan trouble now. The 'Noles have a 15-11 rebound edge, and have five blocks in the game.

The right side of the bracket is more... conventional. No. 1 seed Villanova faces No. 3 Texas Tech in the East Region final, while No. 1 Kansas takes on No. 2 Duke in the Midwest tomorrow.