Illinois vs. Miami: Full Game Preview
|Illinois||B Paul 16.6||N Egwu 4.7||T Abrams 3.4|
|Miami||S Larkin 14.4||R Johnson 7.1||S Larkin 4.6|
No. 2-seeded Miami (FL) meets No. 7-seeded Illinois in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Erwin Center on Sunday. The game tips off at 8:40 p.m. ET and you can see it on TNT.
In a 78-49 dismantling of Pacific on Mar. 22, Durand Scott put up 21 points for the Hurricanes. In addition to his 13.5 points per game, he is also chipping in 3.9 rebounds per game. For the Fighting Illini, Tracy Abrams finished with 13 points and six assists in the 57-49 win over Colorado on Mar. 22. With 3.4 assists per game and 1.4 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
- Miami is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Miami is 226 lbs compared to 210 lbs for Illinois.
- Miami players are more experienced than Illinois players (20,462 minutes played vs. 19,782 minutes played).
- Miami has a better conference record than Illinois this season (16-3 vs. 8-11).
- Miami is ranked higher than Illinois in their conference (No. 1 vs. No. 9).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, rebounds, field goals made, free throws made, three-pointers, and assists are in the ACC.
- Miami has a better record at home than Illinois this season (14-1 vs. 12-4).
- It's only wins and losses, but Miami has a better overall record than Illinois this season (25-6 vs. 22-12).
- The Miami steals leader (Shane Larkin, 59 steals) has more steals than the Illinois steals leader (Tracy Abrams, 48 steals).
- The Miami rebounding leader (Kenny Kadji, 206 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Illinois rebounding leader (Nnanna Egwu, 151 rebounds).
- Miami has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (63.6 percent to 61.2 percent).
- Miami is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Miami is 79.2 inches compared to 77.9 inches for Illinois.