|Butler||R Clarke 16.7||A Smith 6.0||R Jones 3.5|
|Marquette||V Blue 14.4||T Lockett 4.9||J Cadougan 4.0|
No. 3-seeded Marquette takes on No. 6-seeded Butler in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Rupp Arena on Saturday. Tipoff is at 7:45 p.m. ET and you can see it on CBS. The Golden Eagles lost to the Bulldogs 72-71 on Nov. 19.
In a 59-58 triumph over Davidson on Mar. 21, Vander Blue put up 16 points for the Golden Eagles. At 14.4, he paces the team in points per game. For the Bulldogs, Andrew Smith put up 14 points and 16 rebounds in the 68-56 win over Bucknell on Mar. 21. He averages 11.1 points per game in addition to a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game. When considering the Four Factors, Butler performs well in defensive rebounding percentage at 74.1. This ranks first in the conference and 11th in the country.
- The Big East lost fewer non-conference blowout games than the A-10 (two vs. 12).
- Be afraid. Marquette has blown out more teams than Butler this season (six blowouts vs. two).
- Marquette is ranked higher than Butler in their conference (No. 1 vs. No. 3).
- The Big East has a much better average team RPI than the A-10 (67 vs. 95).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for rebounds, field goals made, assists, steals, and blocks are in the Big East.
- The Big East has 2 teams - Notre Dame (1.57) and Pittsburgh (1.52) - that have a better assist-to-turnover ratio than the A-10 leader, Temple (1.36).
- The Big East has had 42 more NBA Draft picks than the A-10 over the past 10 years.
- Since 1998, Marquette has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Butler (four vs. zero).
- The Big East has had three more NCAA Tournament Championships than the A-10 over the past 10 years.
- Marquette has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (66 percent vs. 79 percent).
- 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 A-10 leader, St. Joseph's (PA) (5.9).
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