|Villanova||J Pinkston 13.1||M Yarou 7.8||R Arcidiacono 3.5|
|North Carolina||J Michael McAdoo 14.4||J Michael McAdoo 7.4||M Paige 4.7|
No. 9-seeded Villanova matches up against No. 8-seeded North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center on Friday. It starts at 7:20 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TNT. The Wildcats last played the Tar Heels on Apr. 4, 2009 and lost 83-69.
The Wildcats fell 74-55 to Louisville on Mar. 14. JayVaughn Pinkston finished with 21 points in the loss. His 13.1 points per game is the highest mark on the team. For the Tar Heels, Marcus Paige finished with 17 points and five assists in the 87-77 loss to Miami (FL) on Mar. 17. He is averaging 8.0 points per game and leads the team in assists with 4.7 per game.
Analyzing the differences between the teams, North Carolina has an edge in one important area, scoring, where the Tar Heels have the upper hand over the Wildcats, 77.2 points per game to 67.8 points per game.
North Carolina StatSmack
- The Villanova steals leader (Darrun Hilliard, 54 steals) has more steals than the North Carolina steals leader (James Michael McAdoo, 47 steals).
- The Villanova blocks leader (Maurice Sutton, 28 blocks) has more blocks than the North Carolina blocks leader (Desmond Hubert, 27 blocks).
- The Villanova rebounding leader (Mouphtaou Yarou, 257 rebounds) has more rebounds than the North Carolina rebounding leader (James Michael McAdoo, 237 rebounds).
- The Big East has 2 teams - Louisville (10.7) and Syracuse (9.1) - that create more steals per game than the ACC leader, North Carolina (8.3).
- Villanova is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Villanova is 220 lbs compared to 201 lbs for North Carolina.
- Villanova has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than North Carolina this season (five vs. two).
- Last year the worst team in the Big East had a higher RPI than the worst team in the ACC (No. 194 vs. No. 236).
- The Big East has 3 teams - St. John's (7.4), Syracuse (6.3), and Cincinnati (6.2) - that produce more blocks per game than the ACC leader, Florida State (4.9).
- The Big East has had 21 more NCAA Tournament teams than the ACC over the past 10 years.
- The Big East has had two more Final Four teams than the ACC over the past 5 years.