|Charlotte||C Braswell 11.9||W Clayton 6.3||P Henry 3.7|
|Providence||B Cotton 19.4||L Henton 8.4||V Council 6.9|
No. 4-seeded Providence battles No. 5-seeded Charlotte in the first round of the NIT at Dunkin' Donuts Center on Wednesday. The game gets underway at 7:15 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN3.com. The Friars last played the 49ers on Nov. 28, 2008 and won 67-62.
The Friars were defeated by Cincinnati 61-44 on Mar. 13 despite 14 points and eight rebounds from Kadeem Batts. He is putting up 15.1 points per game while also averaging 7.4 rebounds per game. For the 49ers, Chris Braswell put up 20 points and 10 rebounds in the 72-55 loss to Saint Louis on Mar. 15. With 11.9 points per game and 0.7 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. From a tempo-free perspective, Charlotte is strong in free throw rate at 45.3. This is good enough for first in the conference and 11th in the nation.
- Providence is better at defending the three (28.8 percent allowed vs. 33.8 percent allowed) than Charlotte this season.
- The Big East has 2 teams - Notre Dame (1.57) and Pittsburgh (1.54) - that have a better assist-to-turnover ratio than the A-10 leader, Temple (1.36).
- The Big East has a conference RPI that is better than the A-10 (No. 3 vs. No. 7).
- The Providence assist leader (Vincent Council, 145 assists) has more assists than the Charlotte assist leader (Pierra Henry, 109 assists).
- The worst team in the Big East has a higher RPI than the worst team in the A-10 (No. 203 vs. No. 220).
- The Big East has 2 teams - Notre Dame (17.3) and Pittsburgh (16.7) - that average more assists per game than the A-10 leader, Virginia Commonwealth (15.0).
- The Big East has a stronger schedule this year compared to the A-10 (No. 3 vs. No. 7).
- The Providence basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Charlotte (80 percent vs. 67 percent).
- Providence is a better three-point shooting team (31.4 percent vs. 26.7 percent) than Charlotte this season.
- The Big East has had 45 more NCAA Tournament teams than the A-10 over the past 10 years.