|Wichita State||C Early 13.6||C Hall 7.2||M Armstead 4.0|
|Pittsburgh||T Woodall 11.8||S Adams 6.2||T Woodall 5.2|
No. 9-seeded Wichita State battles No. 8-seeded Pittsburgh in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on Thursday. It gets started at 1:40 p.m. ET and you can see it on TBS. The Shockers last played the Panthers on Nov. 23, 2009 and lost 68-55.
In spite of 28 points and nine rebounds from Malcolm Armstead, the Shockers came up short 68-65 against Creighton on Mar. 10. With 4.0 assists per game and 1.9 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Panthers, Lamar Patterson put up 14 points and 11 rebounds in the 62-59 loss to Syracuse on Mar. 14. He contributes 4.4 rebounds per game in addition to his 10.0 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Pittsburgh is strong in offensive rebounding percentage at 40.8. This is good enough for first in the conference and sixth in the nation.
- Malcolm Armstead is ranked 30th nationally in steals.
- The Missouri Valley had fewer blowout games in conference (meaning there is greater parity within the conference) than in the Big East.
- Wichita State is ranked higher than Pittsburgh in their conference (No. 2 vs. No. 4).
- The Missouri Valley has 2 teams - Creighton (42.1 percent) and Drake (38.8 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the Big East leader, Notre Dame (37.5 percent).
- Even computers respect Wichita State more. Wichita State has a better RPI this season than Pittsburgh (RPI: No. 42 vs. No. 44).
- The Wichita State scoring leader (Cleanthony Early, 463 points) has more points than the Pittsburgh scoring leader (Tray Woodall, 376 points).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points and field goals made are in the Missouri Valley.
- The Missouri Valley has 2 teams - Illinois State (76.1) and Creighton (76.0) - that score more per game than the Big East leader, Louisville (73.6).
- The Wichita State steals leader (Malcolm Armstead, 66 steals) has more steals than the Pittsburgh steals leader (Tray Woodall, 41 steals).
- The Wichita State rebounding leader (Carl Hall, 194 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Pittsburgh rebounding leader (Talib Zanna, 193 rebounds).
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