|Colorado||S Dinwiddie 15.6||A Roberson 11.3||S Dinwiddie 3.0|
|Illinois||B Paul 16.6||N Egwu 4.6||T Abrams 3.3|
No. 7-seeded Illinois takes on 10th-seeded Colorado in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Erwin Center on Friday. Tipoff is at 4:40 p.m. ET and it can be seen on TNT. The Fighting Illini have not played the Buffaloes since the 1987-88 season, when they won 86-68.
The Fighting Illini were defeated by Indiana 80-64 on Mar. 15 despite 16 points from Brandon Paul. He leads the team with 16.6 points per game. For the Buffaloes, Andre Roberson finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the 79-69 loss to Arizona on Mar. 14. He puts up a team-leading 11.3 rebounds per game, 2.2 steals per game, and 1.3 blocks per game. When considering the Four Factors, Colorado performs well in free throw rate at 41.4. This ranks first in the conference and 41st in the country.
- Illinois has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Colorado according to Kiplinger (64 percent vs. 41 percent).
- Illinois embarrassed Colorado by 18 points the last time they played (Dec 30, 1987).
- The Illinois blocks leader (Nnanna Egwu, 41 blocks) has more blocks than the Colorado blocks leader (Andre Roberson, 38 blocks).
- Illinois players are more experienced than Colorado players (19,582 minutes played vs. 12,479 minutes played).
- The Illinois three-point leader (D.J. Richardson, 75 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Colorado three-point leader (Spencer Dinwiddie, 46 three-pointers).
- The Illinois scoring leader (Brandon Paul, 522 points) has more points than the Colorado scoring leader (Spencer Dinwiddie, 481 points).
- Illinois has a better record in close games than Colorado this season (6-1 vs. 5-4).
- Illinois has a stronger schedule than Colorado this season (SOS Rank: No. 9 vs. No. 28).
- Illinois has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Colorado (10 vs. one).
- Illinois has a much better Kiplinger In-State Ranking than Colorado (No. 45 vs. No. 85).