|Harvard||W Saunders 16.5||S Moundou-Missi 5.1||S Chambers 5.8|
|Arizona||M Lyons 15.0||K Tarczewski 6.1||N Johnson 3.2|
No. 6-seeded Arizona takes on 14th-seeded Harvard in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday. It gets started at 6:10 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TNT.
In an 81-64 win over Belmont on Mar. 21, Mark Lyons put up 23 points for the Wildcats. He leads the team with 15.0 points per game. For the Crimson, Wesley Saunders finished with 18 points in the 68-62 win over New Mexico on Mar. 21. He leads the team in points with 16.5 per game and steals with 1.9 per game.
Digging into season numbers, Arizona has the advantage in one key category, rebounding, where the Wildcats have an edge over the Crimson, 36.6 per game to 29.3 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Harvard is strong in the following categories: free throw rate at 49.6 and effective field goal percentage at 55.2.
- Even computers respect Arizona more. Arizona has a better RPI this season than Harvard (RPI: No. 11 vs. No. 92).
- The Pac-12 has had 13 more Sweet Sixteen teams than the Ivy League over the past 10 years.
- Over the past 10 years, Arizona has had more players drafted by the NBA than Harvard (10 vs. zero).
- The Pac-12 has 8 teams - Oregon (37.4), California (37.2), Colorado (37.2), Oregon State (37.0), UCLA (36.7), Washington (36.5), Stanford (36.4), and Arizona (36.3) - that secure more rebounds per game than the Ivy League leader, Brown (35.8).
- Arizona is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Arizona is 220 lbs compared to 215 lbs for Harvard.
- Arizona has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Harvard (12 vs. zero).
- The Pac-12 has 4 teams - Arizona State (6.2), USC (5.1), California (4.7), and Oregon State (4.6) - that produce more blocks per game than the Ivy League leader, Harvard (4.4).
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Arizona is superior to Harvard (Latest AP Poll: No. 18 vs. Not Ranked).
- Arizona players are more experienced than Harvard players (17,961 minutes played vs. 10,649 minutes played).
- Diaper Dandies love Arizona. Arizona has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Harvard (17 vs. 0).
- The Pac-12 has had 32 more NCAA Tournament teams than the Ivy League over the past 10 years.