|Colorado State||C Iverson 14.4||C Iverson 9.9||D Green 3.8|
|Louisville||R Smith 18.2||G Dieng 9.8||P Siva 5.9|
No. 1-seeded Louisville meets No. 8-seeded Colorado State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Rupp Arena on Saturday. The game tips off at 5:15 p.m. ET and you can catch it on CBS.
The 23 points and eight steals by Russ Smith helped the Cardinals to a 79-48 cakewalk over North Carolina A&T on Mar. 21. At 18.2, he paces the team in points per game. In an 84-72 victory over Missouri on Mar. 21, Dorian Green put up 26 points for the Rams. He is averaging 13.2 points per game in addition to a team-best 3.8 assists per game. Colorado State sits near the top of the conference standings in the following categories: defensive rebounding percentage at 76.7, offensive rebounding percentage at 41.5, and turnover percentage at 16.7.
Colorado State StatSmack
- 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 Mountain West leader, UNLV (5.9).
- Louisville has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Colorado State (two vs. zero).
- The Big East has had three more NCAA Tournament Championships than the Mountain West over the past 10 years.
- AP voters think more highly of Louisville and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Colorado State (152 vs. two).
- The Louisville blocks leader (Gorgui Dieng, 63 blocks) has more blocks than the Colorado State blocks leader (Colton Iverson, 21 blocks).
- The Big East had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the Mountain West.
- Louisville is ranked higher than Colorado State in their conference (No. 1 vs. No. 2).
- Diaper Dandies love Louisville. Louisville has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Colorado State (19 vs. 0).
- The Big East has had 44 more NBA Draft picks than the Mountain West over the past 10 years.
- Louisville has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Colorado State (nine vs. two).
- Louisville has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Colorado State this season (nine vs. three).
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|C||S. Van Treese||11||2||3||0||0||0||0|