Minnesota vs. Florida: Full Game Preview
|Minnesota||A Hollins 14.3||T Mbakwe 8.8||A Hollins 3.5|
|Florida||E Murphy 12.8||P Young 6.3||S Wilbekin 4.9|
No. 3-seeded Florida matches up against 11th-seeded Minnesota in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Erwin Center on Sunday. It gets started at 6:10 p.m. ET and it can be seen on TNT. The Gators have not played the Golden Gophers since the 1992-93 season, when they fell 74-66.
In a 79-47 dismantling of Northwestern State on Mar. 22, Erik Murphy put up 18 points and eight rebounds for the Gators. He leads the team with 12.8 points per game. In an 83-63 blowout of UCLA on Mar. 22, Andre Hollins put up 28 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Gophers. He leads the team in points with 14.3 per game and assists with 3.5 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Minnesota is strong in offensive rebounding percentage at 43.8. This is good enough for first in the conference and first in the nation.
- Florida has a much better Kiplinger In-State Ranking than Minnesota (No. 2 vs. No. 52).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, rebounds, three-pointers, assists, steals, and blocks are in the SEC.
- Since 1998, Florida has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Minnesota (23 vs. six).
- Florida has a better conference record than Minnesota this season (14-4 vs. 8-10).
- Florida has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Minnesota ($14,684 vs. $20,977).
- Florida has a better record on the road than Minnesota this season (7-5 vs. 3-8).
- The SEC had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the Big Ten.
- Be afraid. Florida has blown out more teams than Minnesota this season (15 blowouts vs. seven).
- The SEC has had 20 more NBA Draft picks than the Big Ten over the past 10 years.
- The Florida assist leader (Scottie Wilbekin, 143 assists) has more assists than the Minnesota assist leader (Andre Hollins, 107 assists).
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