Pacific vs. Miami: Full Game Preview
|Pacific||L McCloud 11.4||T Fulton 4.0||L McCloud 4.0|
|Miami||S Larkin 14.6||K Kadji 7.0||S Larkin 4.4|
No. 2-seeded Miami (FL) meets 15th-seeded Pacific in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Erwin Center on Friday. The game tips off at 2:10 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TNT.
In an 87-77 triumph over North Carolina on Mar. 17, Shane Larkin put up 28 points and five rebounds for the Hurricanes. He contributes team-best marks with 14.6 points per game, 4.4 assists per game, and 2.0 steals per game. For the Tigers, Lorenzo McCloud finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in the 64-55 win over UC Irvine on Mar. 16. With 11.4 points per game and 4.0 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. A key area of strength for Pacific is turnover percentage at 17.4, which ranks second in their conference (and 42nd nationally).
- Over the past 10 years, Miami has had more players drafted by the NBA than Pacific (four vs. zero).
- Miami attacks the glass, with more rebounds (35.8 per game vs. 32.4 per game) than Pacific this season.
- Miami has more wins over the last 5 years than Pacific (128 vs. 112).
- Miami has a better conference record than Pacific this season (16-3 vs. 13-5).
- Miami is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Miami is 79.2 inches compared to 76.5 inches for Pacific.
- The Miami assist leader (Shane Larkin, 131 assists) has more assists than the Pacific assist leader (Lorenzo McCloud, 128 assists).
- Pacific has been ducking Miami for over 30 years.
- The Miami three-point leader (Shane Larkin, 54 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Pacific three-point leader (Travis Fulton, 29 three-pointers).
- The Miami steals leader (Shane Larkin, 59 steals) has more steals than the Pacific steals leader (Sama Taku, 31 steals).
- Miami has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Pacific this season (six vs. one).
- Since 1998, Miami has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Pacific (three vs. zero).
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