|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|
10th-seeded Colorado matches up against No. 7-seeded Illinois in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Erwin Center on Friday. It gets started at 4:40 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TNT. The Buffaloes have not played the Fighting Illini since the 1987-88 season, when they lost 86-68.
In their last game on Mar. 14, Spencer Dinwiddie put up 18 points for the Buffaloes in a loss to Arizona, 79-69. He leads the team with 15.6 points per game and 3.0 assists per game. For the Fighting Illini, Tracy Abrams finished with 16 points in the 80-64 loss to Indiana on Mar. 15. He leads the team in assists with 3.3 per game and steals with 1.4 per game.
- Andre Roberson is ranked 7th nationally in rebounds and 39th nationally in steals.
- Colorado has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Illinois ($21,051 vs. $24,554).
- The Pac-12 has 2 teams - Oregon (8.7) and UCLA (8.3) - that create more steals per game than the Big Ten leader, Michigan State (8.2).
- The Colorado rebounding leader (Andre Roberson, 328 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Illinois rebounding leader (Nnanna Egwu, 145 rebounds).
- Even computers respect Colorado more. Colorado has a better RPI this season than Illinois (RPI: No. 36 vs. No. 39).
- Colorado is ranked higher than Illinois in their conference (No. 5 vs. No. 7).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for rebounds, free throws made, assists, and blocks are in the Pac-12.
- Colorado has a better conference record than Illinois this season (10-8 vs. 8-10).
- The Pac-12 has had 25 more NBA Draft picks than the Big Ten over the past 10 years.
- The Pac-12 had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the Big Ten.
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Colorado currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (962 to 952) than Illinois, per the NCAA.